McElhinney with the Springfield Falcons
May 23, 1983|
London, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
176th overall, 2002|
Robert Curtis McElhinney (born May 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for several other NHL teams, most recently with the Carolina Hurricanes as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, and Calgary Flames.
McElhinney played four years of university hockey for Colorado College, compiling a 62–15–8 record in that time en route to winning two Western Collegiate Hockey Association First All-Star Team selections in 2003 and 2005, as well as NCAA Second and First All-American Team selections in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He was selected 176th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
He made his professional debut in 2005–06 with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League (AHL). He tied for the AHL lead in shutouts in 2006–07 while setting an Omaha team record with 44 wins. He played in the 2007 AHL All-Star game, and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.
McElhinney split 2007–08 between the Quad City Flames and Calgary. He made his NHL debut on October 22, 2007 against the San Jose Sharks in relief of Miikka Kiprusoff, appearing in five NHL games, finishing with a 0–2–0 record and a 2.00 goals against average. He played the entire 2008–09 NHL season with Calgary as Kiprusoff's backup and recorded his first NHL win in his 14th game of the year, the last of the regular season, in a 4–1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on April 11, 2009.
On February 22, 2012 McElhinney was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets (along with second round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (via Ottawa) and a conditional fifth round selection in the 2013 Draft) for Antoine Vermette. He spent the season with Columbus' AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons and had a fine season, posting nine shutouts to lead the league and set a franchise record for both single season and career shutouts, and was again named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.
He was placed on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets January 8, 2017, after allowing 4 straight goals in a 5–4 loss to the New York Rangers on January 7, 2017. He posted a 2–1–2 record and a .924 save percentage in 7 games with the team in the 2016–2017 season. One day after being waived, McElhinney was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were in need of a backup goaltender following a disappointing season by Jhonas Enroth.
Down the stretch, McElhinney went 6–7 with 1 shutout, a 2.85 GAA and a .914 save percentage. As starter Frederik Andersen went down with an injury, McElhinney received quite a few extra starts. Most importantly in the second last game of the season for the Leafs with a playoff spot on the line. In this game, McElhinney made arguably the biggest save of his career in the dying seconds on Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby who seemingly had a wide-open net for a one-timer goal. McElhinney slid across the crease to make a pad save and preserved the lead that eventually held up to earn the Leafs a playoff berth.
Carolina Hurricanes/Run to Eastern Conference Finals
Prior to the 2018–19 season, on October 1, 2018, the Maple Leafs placed McElhinney on waivers after Garret Sparks won the backup goaltending job in the pre-season. His two-year tenure with the Maple Leafs ended as he was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes the following day, in order to add depth after an injury to Scott Darling. McElhinney would go on to split most of the 2018-19 season in goal with Petr Mrázek.
On May 1, 2019, McElhinney started for the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs versus the New York Islanders in Round 2 making him the oldest goaltender to make his first career playoff start at 35 years and 343 days of age. On May 3, 2019, in Game 4, he helped to secure the franchise's first ever 4–0 sweep in the best-of-seven series.
McElhinney and his wife Ashleigh had their first child, Trenten, in 2009. He also has a daughter named Jaxen. McElhinney has a younger sister, Alana, who played goaltender for the Division I Bemidji State University's women's hockey team.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||33||9||14||2||1619||68||3||2.52||.912||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||57||35||17||1||3181||113||7||2.13||.917||5||2||3||311||11||0||2.12||. 914|
|2007–08||Quad City Flames||AHL||41||20||18||2||2320||88||3||2.28||.911||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||28||10||11||1||1423||64||2||2.70||.909||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||32||12||14||2||1710||82||0||2.88||.914||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||18||2||7||3||836||46||0||3.31||.890||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||7||2||1||2||376||15||0||2.39||.924||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||14||6||7||0||759||36||1||2.85||.914||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||18||11||5||1||980||35||3||2.14||.934||1||0||1||48||4||0||5.07||.826|
Awards and honours
|WCHA First All-Star Team||2002–03
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2002–03|||
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2004–05|||
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||2005|||
|Second All-Star Team||2006–07|||
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