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NHL team finally gifts goaltender first start after nearly a decade of waiting.

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After nearly a decade of toiling in the AHL, Jeremy Smith will finally get his first taste of big league hockey.

The veteran of eight AHL seasons and 300 career games will make his debut Tuesday for the Colorado Avalanche, who will take on the New Jersey Devils. Smith was selected 54th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2007, and has bounced around with six different minor-league clubs over the course of his career.

Smith has served as Spencer Martin's backup with Colorado's AHL affiliate in San Antonio, appearing in 17 games and maintaining a .911 save percentage.

The 27-year-old has been called up with the club a few times this season to back up Avs' goalie Calvin Pickard, but has not appeared in any games thus far.

In 265 career AHL appearances, Smith has accrued a record of 132-98-19 with a 2.43gaa, a 917sv% to go along with 13 shutouts.