Ben Scrivens says US v Canada not just a friendly game
TRY telling goalie Ben Scrivens tonight's Canada v USA ice hockey clash in Brisbane is just another exhibition game.
Scrivens, a Canadian representative at World Championship level, set the NHL record for most saves by a goaltender in a regular-season shutout game.
He stopped 59 shots from the San Jose Sharks over 60 minutes when he was at the Edmonton Oilers in 2014.
The 29-year-old has had over 4000 shots against him with only 387 going through.
But he's also a free agent after a 15-game stint with the Montreal Canadiens last NHL season, and looking to get plenty more saves under his belt at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tonight.
"I'd love another opportunity to play in the NHL, so I'll keep trying to play hard - I can only control what I can control," Scrivens told Australian Regional Media.
Scrivens has enjoyed his time Down Under with wife Jenny, a fellow goaltender who represented the New York Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League before announcing her retirement in May.
"It's been a lot of fun meeting and interacting with the people down here," he said.
"My wife and I went to the Steve Irwin Zoo and we loved it."
The US and Canada teams have played in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide before tonight's final exhibition match as part of the five-game tour.
They are Down Under in association with not-for-profit organisation STOP CONCUSSIONS to educate people about concussion awareness in sport.
"Concussion awareness transcends hockey - it applies to all sports including Australian rules football," Scrivens said.
"We're raising money for research through ticket sales so more can be done to look at concussions and symptoms of concussions."