My first goal: JT Wyman
JT Wyman’s quick ascension through the ranks of the NHL came as a surprise to hardly anyone. After being selected in the fourth round, 100th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Wyman was a standout in the collegiate hockey tier at Dartmouth where he served as a four-year letterman and was also named team assistant captain.
Position: Right Wing
Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
First Goal: December 29, 2011 vs. Montreal Canadiens
Opposing Goaltender: Carey Price
He made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009-10 after playing just one full season in the American Hockey League, and continued to flourish in Montreal’s top AHL affiliate until being acquired by the Lightning this past summer. He made his Bolts debut on Dec. 23 at Colorado, and on top of the memories he has already made in his young NHL career, he’ll never forget the goal that started it all.
“Honestly I wasn’t even trying to score,” Wyman said. “In its simplest form, my goal was just to get the puck on net and get it through to create something out in front.”
Memorable? Definitely. The way Wyman envisioned it? Hardly.
The play went under review after it was unclear whether or not the officials blew the whistle prior to the puck sneaking through Price’s pads. Following about five minutes of a lengthy replay process, officials confirmed the goal would stand.
“I knew it was in as soon as I got down to the goal line and saw it trickle across. I’m still waiting for it to hit the back of the net,” Wyman joked.
“I wasn’t really trying to think about it,” Wyman added of the review process. “If it was in, it’s in, and if it wasn’t, I knew we had to go out there and get another one anyway So, the wait maybe made it a little more thrilling, but it was worth it.”
Later in the game, Wyman went on to add an assist on Vincent Lecavalier’s game-winning goal that sealed a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the prospect’s former team. He finished the night with a single-game career-high two points in just his sixth career NHL game.