After attending training camp on an invite of the parent club Washington Capitals, where he impressed, Hershey Bears‘ undrafted rookie left wing Nathan Walker(12) becomes the first Australian player to skate in an AHL game
It’s well documented that this is a guy that wants it to be him to debut for his country in the NHL.
At 5’11” 185 lbs. he’s not exactly the biggest power forward out there but he knows how to get into those open spaces for scoring chances and plays a hustle style.
In 35 games he’s potted 5 goals and 6 assists with a -1 rating and almost 2 shots on net per contest.
He’s most definitely had an interesting path to take him to Chocolatetown, first appearing in 4.5 years of junior level hockey in of all places the Czech Republic. He also played two years of pro Czech Extraliga (another first) before joining the USHL junior hockey Youngstown Phantoms for the last third of the regular season.
He was pretty much a point-per-game guy as you’d expect.
The only 20-year old forward also had a couple of super-young visits in the Australian pro AIHL.
By all means, the player originally born in the United Kingdom just might achieve his goal.