Tom McCollum

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Tom McCollum
Thomas McCollum Griffins.jpg
Born (1989-12-07) December 7, 1989 (age 24)
Buffalo, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2008
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2009–present

Thomas "Tom" McCollum (born December 7, 1989) is an American ice hockey goaltender, who is currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). McCollum was drafted 30th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

McCollum started playing goalie when, during a mite hockey game, the goalie on his team quit; McCollum switched from defence and took over in net at the next practice.[1]

Drafted by the Guelph Storm in the OHL draft, McCollum had the choice of playing with a Junior A team near his hometown of Sanborn, New York, but instead opted to play major junior for the Storm, citing the challenge of the OHL as a strong deciding factor.[1] He also was shown great support from Guelph residents at a restaurant before signing.[2]

Playing for the Storm in his rookie season in 2006–07, McCollum was named an All-Star, recording 5 shutouts, a 2.39 goals against average (GAA), and a .918 save percentage. He posted similar numbers the following season, in 2007–08, including a 1.91 GAA, .937 save percentage performance in the playoffs as Guelph was ousted in the second round. He was nominated for the OHL Goaltender of the Year, awarded to Mike Murphy of the Belleville Bulls, in addition to being named the Storm's Academic Player of the Year. Going into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, McCollum was the first ranked North American goaltender by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He would be drafted 30th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the second goaltender selected, behind Chet Pickard, who was chosen 18th overall by the Nashville Predators.

McCollum returned to the Storm for a third OHL season in 2008-09, however, he was traded to the Brampton Battalion following his efforts at the 2009 World Junior Championships.[3] McCollum had a 17-10-4 record with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage with Guelph.

McCollum took over the starters role with the Battalion, and posted a 17-6-0 record with Brampton, as he had a 1.94 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He was named to the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic along with new teammates Cody Hodgson, Matt Duchene and Evgeny Grachev.[4] McCollum put up a 13-8 record with a 2.90 GAA and a .898 save percentage in the playoffs, as Brampton lost to the Windsor Spitfires in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals.

Professional[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings had McCollum split the 2009-10 season between the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. In six games with Toledo, McCollum had a 2-1-0 record with a 4.48 GAA and a save percentage of .864. With the Griffins, McCollum appeared in 30 games, as he had a 10-16-2 record with a 3.48 GAA and a .881 save percentage.

On March 28, 2011, after injuries to Red Wings goalies Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard, McCollum was called up from Toledo to serve as Detroit's backup. He was in uniform for Detroit's game that night against Chicago. He made his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues on March 30, 2011, replacing starting goaltender Joey MacDonald midway through the second period with the score 5-2 to the Blues. McCollum conceded 3 goals on 8 shots and was himself pulled at the end of the second period. Detroit went on to lose the game 10-3.

On July 22, 2013, McCollum signed a one-year AHL contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins.[5] During the 2013–14 season, McCollum posted a 24–12–4 record with a 2.30 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and two shutouts in 46 games. After five AHL seasons, McCollum ranks third all time among Griffins goaltenders, trailing Joey MacDonald and Jimmy Howard in games played (159) and wins (69).

On July 11, 2014, McCollum signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[6]

International play[edit]

McCollum was named to the United States for the 2009 World Junior Championships, finishing in fifth place. McCollum took the selection as a great honour.[2]

Off the ice[edit]

McCollum assists in goaltending camps near his hometown in Western New York.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Guelph Storm OHL 55 26 18 10 3,158 126 5 2.39 .918 4 0 4 233 17 0 4.37 .890
2007–08 Guelph Storm OHL 51 25 17 6 2,978 124 4 2.50 .914 10 5 5 596 19 1 1.91 .937
2008–09 Guelph Storm OHL 31 17 10 4 1,859 69 3 2.23 .926
2008–09 Brampton Battalion OHL 23 17 6 0 1,333 43 4 1.94 .929 21 13 8 1,284 62 1 2.90 .898
2009–10 Toledo Walleye ECHL 6 2 1 0 188 14 0 4.48 .864
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 30 10 16 2 1,741 101 0 3.48 .884
2010–11 Toledo Walleye ECHL 23 11 9 2 1,305 60 3 2.76 .909
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 22 6 12 2 1,152 64 1 3.33 .879
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 15 3 0 12.00 .625
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 28 11 16 0 1,580 92 0 3.49 .891
2011–12 Toledo Walleye ECHL 15 6 6 2 870 38 0 2.62 .909
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 31 18 11 2 1,846 81 2 2.63 .904
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 46 24 12 4 2,561 98 2 2.30 .922 1 0 0 34 2 0 3.50 .875
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 15 3 0 12.00 .625

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chris Pope. "The Future Behind the Winged Wheel". The Good Point. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b "The Future Behind the Winged Wheel". The Good Point. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ "McCollum trade to Brampton". Guelph Mercury. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Whalers captain Chris Terry named to 2009 OHL All-Star Game". MLive.com. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ McCollum agrees to AHL contract
  6. ^ McCollum earns one-year NHL contract

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Preceded by
Brendan Smith
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Riley Sheahan