Sports leagues may be shut down but a huge opportunity has opened up for North Vancouver’s David Tendeck, who on Monday signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.
The 20-year-old, who played in 145 games with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants over five seasons, was a sixth-round pick of the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL draft. Tendeck starred for the Giants during a playoff run to the WHL finals last season, posting an 11-3-2-0 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a 0.918 save percentage.
The 6-2, 181-pound goalie was sharp for the Giants again this season, going 18-13-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA and 0.920 save percentage before the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Giants originally chose Tendeck in the sixth round, 130th overall, in the 2014 WHL bantam draft. He is the all-time saves leader in Vancouver Giants history, and also sits second all-time in both games played in goal (145) and wins (72). He was named a WHL second team Western Conference all-star after the 2017-18 season, and during the 2018-19 campaign he represented Team WHL in the Canada-Russia Series.
The Giants put together a nifty timeline documenting Tendeck’s tenure with the WHL club.
Prior to joining the Giants Tendeck played peewee and bantam at the North Shore Winter Club and midget with the Vancouver North West Giants of the BC Major Midget League. He was part of a stellar NSWC Winterhawks team that won the Western Canadian Bantam Championships in 2014 and saw seven players taken in that year’s WHL bantam draft.