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Who is Colorado Avalanche Emergency Goaltender Jett Alexander?

With Darcy Kuemper hurt, the Colorado Avalanche have added emergency backup Jett Alexander to its roster on Wednesday against Toronto. Who is the Canadian university netminder?
Jett Alexander

There's something about emergency backups at Scotiabank Arena.

Almost two years after David Ayres won with the Carolina Hurricanes and just two months after Alex Bishop backed up Jack Campbell in Toronto, Jett Alexander will be the third emergency backup goaltender to dress in a game after being added to Colorado's lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Alexander will act as the team's emergency backup because Darcy Kuemper has an upper-body injury. Jonas Johansson is set to start, while call-up Justus Annunen is en on his way to the rink prior to game time. 

So, who is he?

In 2017-18, Alexander, a Mississauga Steelheads draft pick, set an OJHL-record 10 shutouts, helping North York to their first 40-win season in team history. In 43 games played that year, the 2018 OHA top prospect award recipient finished with a 1.67 GAA and a .945 SV%.

Alexander represented Canada East at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge and played in every single game with some fantastic efforts. That season, he was the OJHL MVP, the league's top goaltender and the top netminder in all of Canadian Jr. A.

After finishing his junior career with the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2019-20, Alexander joined the University of Toronto last season, but didn't play due to the pandemic. He has one start for the school this year while sharing the net with fellow emergency backup Alex Bishop.

No matter what happens on Wednesday, what a cool moment for the 22-year-old goaltender.


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