By Anthony Perez, www.phoenixcoyotes.com
Coyotes defenseman Chris Summers, who made his NHL debut on Thursday night at Los Angeles, on Friday spoke about how it felt to play with and against the world's elite players for the first time.
“When coach (Dave Tippett) came up to me and said ‘Hey, we’re going to dress seven defensemen tonight and we want you to play’ my heart just skipped a beat,” said Summers, who was recalled from the American Hockey League on Jan. 18. “…I got really excited and I tried to make the best of it and enjoy the experience.”
Summers first got word that he was going to be in the lineup after Thursday’s morning skate. He said he felt more excited than nervous. His approach was a simple one.
“It’s the same game, a little bit different level obviously, but you try to play your game and just do the things that got you there,” Summers said.
With his first NHL game behind him, Summers, who was recalled because of injuries to Ed Jovanovski and David Schlemko, is hoping to stick around a little longer and help the Coyotes in any way he can.
“It’s very exciting to be part of an NHL club and to have a chance to contribute to that NHL club is pretty amazing,” Summers said. “I’m enjoying the experience and whenever they need me and whatever they need me for is what I’m here for.”
• Tippett said Jovanovski is close to returning to the lineup. So close, in fact, that he would be a game-time decision on Saturday night.