Matt Keetley

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Matt Keetley
Matt Keetley practice.PNG
Born (1986-04-27) April 27, 1986 (age 28)
Medicine Hat, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
team Houston Aeros
NHL Draft 158th overall, 2005
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2007–present

Matt Keetley (born April 27, 1986 in Medicine Hat, Alberta) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender.

Personal life[edit]

Keetley spent his early years living in Richmound, Saskatchewan where he grew up playing minor hockey with future Medicine Hat Tigers teammate Stefan Meyer. During his teenage years Keetley's family moved to the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, a community that is still his off season home.

Playing career[edit]

Keetley began his major junior career in 2003–04 with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He initially began the season in the Alberta Midget Hockey League, but took over as the starting goalie for the Tigers during the 2004 WHL playoffs, subsequently leading the club to a President's Cup championship. In Keetley's draft year, he led the WHL with a 1.66 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. He was then drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 158th overall by the Calgary Flames.

Keetley returned to the WHL for two more seasons, putting together his most accomplished major junior campaign in 2006–07. In the regular season, Keetley led the league with 42 wins and was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team. In the playoffs, Keetley won the airBC Trophy as playoff MVP, leading the Tigers to their second WHL championship in four years. Advancing to the 2007 Memorial Cup, Keetley won the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's outstanding goaltender and was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team as the Tigers fell to tournament hosts and WHL runners-up, the Vancouver Giants.

During the Memorial Cup tournament, on May 22, 2007, the Flames signed Keetley to an entry-level contract.[1] In 2007–08, Keetley was assigned by the Flames to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Quad City Flames. He was called up to play backup to Flames starter Miikka Kiprusoff on several occasions throughout the season. In a game against the Colorado Avalanche on November 5, 2007, Keetley made his NHL debut, replacing Kiprusoff with just under 10 minutes to go in the third period, making two saves.[2] Keetley completed his rookie professional season with a 10-8 record with Quad City to go with a 2.33 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

To begin the 2008–09 season, Keetley was named AHL Player of the Week on October 27, 2008.[3] On February 10, 2009, Keetley was reassigned to Calgary's ECHL affiliate in Las Vegas for seven games before returning to Quad City's roster.[4] One year later, the Abbotsford Heat assigned Keetley to the Victoria Salmon Kings for conditioning purposes from November 10–17, 2009.[5] During his brief three game stint with Victoria, Keetley would record two wins and two shutouts and was named the ECHL's Goaltender of the Week on November 17, 2009, before he returned to the Heat's lineup.[6]

Awards[edit]

Major Junior

Professional

  • Named AHL Player of the Week on October 27, 2008.
  • Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week on November 17, 2009.
  • Named Ronald Allen Clothiers-Abbotsford Heat Player of the Month for December.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 3 0 1 0 0 71 5 0 4.17 .881
2004–05 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 32 21 5 3 0 1846 51 6 1.66 .933
2005–06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 62 42 13 -- 6 3741 130 6 2.09 .916
2006–07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 55 42 11 -- 1 3258 119 6 2.19 .913
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 -- 0 9 0 0 0.00 1.000
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 26 10 8 -- 3 1393 54 1 2.33 .912
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 33 8 18 -- 4 1853 88 2 2.85 .892
2008–09 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 7 1 3 -- 3 429 19 0 2.66 .930
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 23 10 7 -- 2 1205 52 2 2.59 .912
2009–10 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 9 2 7 -- 0 484 31 2 3.84 .880
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 9 0 7 -- 1 424 25 0 3.54 .860
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 2 1 1 -- 0 84 6 0 4.31 .800
2011–12 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 38 12 20 -- 3 2057 102 2 2.98 .910
NHL Career totals 1 0 0 -- 0 9 0 0 0.00 1.000
AHL Career totals 93 29 41 -- 10 4959 225 5 2.72 0.899
ECHL Career totals 54 15 30 -- 6 2970 152 4 3.07 .908
WHL Career totals 152 105 30 3 7 8916 305 18 2.05 .918

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 20 16 4 1182 38 4 1.92 .917
2004–05 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 3 1 0 103 8 0 4.66 .805
2005–06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 13 9 2 864 30 0 2.08 .921
2006–07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 23 16 7 1407 51 4 2.18 .920
2009–10 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 5 2 3 298 13 0 2.62 .904
WHL Career Totals 59 42 13 3556 127 8 2.14 .915
ECHL Career Totals 5 2 3 298 13 0 2.62 .904

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flames sign four WHL prospects". Western Hockey League. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2008-11-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Avalanche maintain mastery over Flames". CBC. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Flames' goaltender Matt Keetley named AHL player of the week". Sports Network. 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  4. ^ "QC Flames and Wranglers Swap Goalies". Las Vegas Wranglers. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Salmon Kings Assigned Goaltedner Keetley by Abbostford". Victoria Salmon Kings. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Salmon Kings' Keetley Named ECHL Goaltender of the Week". Victoria Salmon Kings. 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 

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