Thunderbirds alum Saville inks first pro contract with NHL’s Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have announced that the team has signed Omaha junior goaltender Isaiah Saville to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Saville, who will forego his senior year with the Mavericks, finishes his collegiate career at Omaha with a record of 38-36-5 to go with a 2.78 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 82 games.
This season with the Mavericks, the Anchorage, Alaska native appeared in 30 games and was 16-14-0 to go with a 2.52 GAA and .907 save percentage.
“It really hasn’t really settled in yet if I’m going to be honest,” Saville told The Gateway. “It’s definitely surreal to think I’m a professional hockey player now. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working towards this for my whole hockey career, but now it’s here. And it’s a job now, so I think that’s really cool and I’m excited about that aspect.
“I’m just excited to continue to develop and continue to get better every year and every day though, and I know this is just another step in the right direction. Not taking it for granted and I’m going to make sure that I’m doing everything to be ready for every opportunity.”
Saville was selected by the Golden Knights in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft.
During his youth hockey days, Saville spent time with the Colorado Thunderbirds.
(March 23, 2022)