Work ethic finally pays off for NHL draft pick Tomkins

It took Matt Tomkins 52 games and countless near misses to do it, but he has his first Alberta Junior Hockey League shutout under his belt after the Sherwood Park Crusaders beat the Grande Prairie Storm 3-0 on Saturday night.

For Tomkins, a seventh-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012, it’s an affirmation of his hard work and strong play to finally put up the zero. More importantly for the team is that they were able to walk out of Canada Games Arena with an authoritative win, something almost no team does these days.

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