David Littman

Goalie David Littman was a pretty solid prospect with success at the collegiate, international, and minor league stages of hockey. Though he played briefly with the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning in the early 1990s, he never fulfilled his NHL promise.

The Cranston, Rhode Island native spent four years at Boston College where he was twice a Hockey East all star.

Chosen 211th overall by the Sabres in 1987, Littman turned pro in 1989-90. By 1990-91 he was one of the hottest goalies outside of the NHL, notching 33 wins for the Rochester Americans of the AHL en route to the AHL first all-star team and sharing the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for allowing the fewest goals in the league with Darcy Wakaluk.

Littman proved his season was no fluke by following up in the 1991-92 season with 29 wins and capturing the Holmes Award outright.

Despite his success in Rochester, Littman found it frustrating that he only got into two NHL games with the Sabres. Seeking an opportunity to play in the NHL, Littman signed with the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning. However his hopes of NHL employment weren't any brighter in the Floridian sunshine. He made just one appearance in a Bolts jersey. He spent the rest of the season as the IHL's Atlanta Knights number one goalie.

Littman would sign on with the Boston Bruins organization, and continued to be a stalwart puck stopper in the minor leagues. He helped the Richmond Renegades win the ECHL championship in 1995. Littman, who represented the US at the 1994 World Championships, extended his career by playing as an independent player in the IHL sunbelt, retired in 2000.

Littman now lives in Vancouver and is a producer for EA Sports' series of NHL video games.


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