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Mike McKenna (ice hockey)

Mike McKenna
Tampa Bay Lightning at the end of the 2008-09 season
Born (1983-04-11) April 11, 1983 (age 31)
St. Louis, MO, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 172nd overall, 2002
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2005–present

Mike McKenna (born April 11, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) whilst under contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). McKenna previously played for the New Jersey Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning as well as their minor league affiliates. McKenna was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 6th round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

McKenna played his college hockey for St. Lawrence University, an NCAA Division 1 team in the ECAC. McKenna was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Las Vegas Wranglers during the 2006–07 ECHL season, compiling an impressive 27-4-2 record, with five shutouts. He was named to the All-Star team and finished second in the league voting for Most Valuable Player.

McKenna was signed to an AHL contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals for the 2008–09 season after drifting from several AHL teams during the previous seasons, including a previous stint for Norfolk during the 2005 season. McKenna played better than expected, earning Norfolk's starting goalie position. He had a 11-10-0 record with one shutout up until early February, when he was signed to an NHL contract by the Lightning after Olaf Kolzig went down for the season with an injury. He made his NHL debut on February 3, 2009 versus the New York Islanders, relieving starter Karri Ramo. The following day, he made his first NHL start in goal on February 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, shutting the Penguins out through two periods before losing 4-3 in overtime. McKenna earned his first NHL win and shutout on February 7 with a 28 save, 1-0 home win against the New York Islanders less than a week into his NHL career.

In 2009, McKenna signed with the New Jersey Devils organization, and played two seasons with the Albany Devils. He also played two games in the NHL for New Jersey. McKenna's only NHL start of the season was against his hometown St. Louis Blues.[1]

In July 2011, McKenna signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.[2]

On July 1, 2012, McKenna signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.[3]

For a third consecutive season, McKenna continued his journeyman career and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 5, 2013.[4]

References

External links

  • EliteProspects.com
  • The Internet Hockey Database
  • McKenna's profile on Hockey's Futures
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