Emergency goalie Shapiro to back up for Devils against Islanders


Kyle Shapiro will be the emergency backup goalie for the New Jersey Devils against the New York Islanders on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG, MSG+ 2, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The 28-year-old, who is the Devils regular emergency backup goalie, was signed to an amateur tryout contract and will backup Jon Gillies.

Shapiro last played in 2017-18 at New England College, an NCAA Division III school, where he had a 2.83 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 23 games. He is in his third season as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Titans of the North American Hockey League.

Devils goalies Mackenzie Blackwood and Akira Schmid are in NHL COVID-19 protocol, and Jonathan Bernier (hip) and Nico Daws (undisclosed) are injured.

Gillies, who was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 15, will play for the first time since he made 19 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 19.

Shapiro will be the fourth emergency goalie to join an NHL team this season.

Kyle Konin was the backup to Ville Husso for the Blues for their game at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 2 after Jordan Binnington entered NHL COVID-19 protocol and the Blues were unable to recall another goalie.

Jett Alexander, a goalie for the University of Toronto, was the backup for the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an 8-3 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 1.

The Maple Leafs used University of Toronto goalie Alexander Bishop as the backup to Jack Campbell when they defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Oct. 16.

The last time an emergency backup goalie was used in an NHL game was Feb. 22, 2020, when David Ayres made seven saves in 28:41 for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Toronto Maple Leafs after Petr Mrazek and James Reimer each sustained an injury during the game. Ayres made eight saves and got the win in the 6-3 victory.

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