Utica, N.Y. - After being re-assigned to the Utica Comets on Sunday, Zack MacEwen put the puck from a moment he'll never forget, in safe keeping, at his residence here.
"We will have to see maybe my mom will be able to frame it or something," said MacEwen. "[Maybe] she can hold on to it for me for a little bit."
Seven games into his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, MacEwen scored his first NHL goal back on December 3 in Vancouver against the Ottawa Senators.
"It obviously feels good to get that one out of the way," he said. "After getting a few games, getting rewarded with that is a great feeling for sure. It gets the ball rolling."
His milestone goal came after he notched his first NHL point, an assist, just a few days earlier against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"It adds confidence getting the first one," said MacEwen. "Just being able to know that you belong there a little bit more and can contribute and produce is a really good feeling so [it adds] a lot of confidence."
Now that he's back in Utica, he wants to continue working on different parts of his game, being stronger on the puck and playing a more straight forward style so that he can soon be ready to make the jump to the NHL full time.
His head coach here in Utica, Trent Cull, said that MacEwen deserves everything that he has been able to accomplish up to this point.
"[The coaches] didn't get him [to the NHL], he did," said Cull. "He's done a great job, he's been a very consummate pro the last couple of years that we've had him here. To see him when he first came in, it was my first year here too, and how he's developed and how he's come along he deserves all the credit."
Though Cull said that MacEwen, himself, has created his own success, he does acknowledge that it does make him personally very happy to watch his young players succeed.
"[The players] are like your kids you want them to do well," he said. "Then you see them do well of course you feel kind of like a proud papa kind of thing."
In 14 games with the Comets this season, MacEwen has three goals and six assists.