Vitek Vanecek made his childhood dream come true after making his first NHL start on January 15 and defeating the Buffalo Sabres. Vanecek toiled in the minor leagues for five years before finally getting the call with the Capitals.
With starter Ilya Samsonov out due to COVID-19, Vanecek kept starting – and kept winning.
On Tuesday, the NHL named Vanecek the NHL’s Rookie of the Month. Peter Laviolette announced it to Vanecek and the rest of the team as Capitals practice began at noon on Tuesday.