A New Brunswick goaltender will start the hockey season with the NHL's St. Louis Blues.
Jake Allen, 23, says it's a dream come true to know he will be on the Blues' opening night roster.
"Yeah, you know there's so many kids that play hockey, especially in Canada, that dream of playing in the NHL. But the margin, in reality, it's pretty slim," he said.
"And to be able to get there — be one of the few that actually get a chance to fulfill your dream in playing hockey — is pretty special."
Allen had a brief stint with the St. Louis Blues two seasons ago, but spent last season in the minors.
He played with the Chicago Wolves and was the American Hockey League's goaltender of the year.
"I know going into the season that it's me and Brian Elliott, a great goalie I respect, I admire, and I've learned a lot from in the past few years," said Allen.
"So I'm looking forward to just going there, and compete for some starts and hopefully learn some more from him."
The first regular season game for the St. Louis Blues will be on Oct. 9, when the team hosts the New York Rangers.