Curtis McElhinney

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Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney 2013-11-02.JPG
Born (1983-05-23) May 23, 1983 (age 34)
London, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Anaheim Ducks
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 176th overall, 2002
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2005–present

Robert Curtis McElhinney (born May 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. McElhinney was a sixth-round selection of the Flames, 176th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. McElhinney made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1] He was selected 176th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

McElhinney with the Flames

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,[2] and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.[1]

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,[2] appearing in five NHL games, finishing with a 0–2–0 record and a 2.00 goals against average.[1] 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.[3]

The Flames signed McElhinney to a two-year contract prior to the 2009–10 season.[4] He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on March 3, 2010 in exchange for goalie Vesa Toskala.

On February 24, 2011 McElhinney was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Dan Ellis. On February 28, he was claimed off waivers by the Ottawa Senators.

McElhinney signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 4, 2011.[5]

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.[6] 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 win rate and a .924% save percentage in 7 games with the team in the 2016-2017 season.[7] However, he was waived on January 9, 2017. The following day, McElhinney was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were in need of a backup goaltender following a disappointing season by Jhonas Enroth.[8]

Down the stretch, McElhinney went 6-7 with 1 shutout, a 2.85 GAA & a .914 save%. As starter Frederik Andersen went down with an injury, McElhinney got quite a few starts. Most importantly in the final 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 Pittsburg 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 & preserved the lead that eventually held up to earn the Leafs a playoff birth.[9]

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%
2001–02 Colorado College WCHA 9 6 0 1 441 15 1 2.04 .918
2002–03 Colorado College WCHA 37 25 6 5 2147 85 4 2.37 .906
2003–04 Colorado College WCHA 19 10 6 1 1015 41 2 2.42 .906
2004–05 Colorado College WCHA 25 21 3 1 1490 52 2 2.09 .927
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 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 2 0 149 5 0 2.00 .902
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 41 20 18 2 2320 88 3 2.28 .911
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 14 1 7 0 518 31 0 3.59 .889 1 0 0 34 1 0 1.76 .900
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 10 3 4 0 502 27 0 3.22 .885
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 10 5 1 2 521 24 0 2.76 .917
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 21 6 9 1 996 57 2 3.43 .890
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 7 3 4 0 399 17 0 2.56 .917
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 2 1 0 0 72 2 0 1.67 .944
2011–12 Portland Pirates AHL 25 10 13 0 1379 70 0 3.04 .907
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 49 29 16 3 1349 113 9 2.32 .923 8 3 5 483 25 0 3.10 .895
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
NHL totals 168 51 66 12 8,262 406 5 2.95 .905 1 0 0 34 1 0 1.76 .900

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
WCHA First All-Star Team 2002–03
2004–05
[1]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2002–03 [1]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2004–05 [1]
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2005 [10]
American Hockey League
Second All-Star Team 2006–07 [1]

Family[edit]

McElhinney and his wife Ashleigh had their first child, Trenton, in 2009.[11] He has a younger sister, Alana, who also plays goaltender, for Division I Bemidji State University's women's hockey team. He also has a daughter named Jackson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Curtis McElhinney player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean (2009). 2009–10 Calgary Flames Media Guide (PDF). Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 74. 
  3. ^ Sportak, Randy (April 12, 2009). "McElhinney on fire in Flames victory". Calgary Sun. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Sportak, Randy (July 25, 2009). "Goin' north nice to Irving". Calgary Sun. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Coyotes sign McElhinney to one-year deal". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blue Jackets trade veteran Vermette to Coyotes". The Sports Network. February 22, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.espn.com/nhl/player/_/id/3187/curtis-mcelhinney
  8. ^ "Maple Leafs hope Curtis McElhinney will address backup goalie woes". Toronto Star. January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gotta-see-mcelhinney-robs-crosby-save-season/
  10. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  11. ^ Sportak, Randy (June 6, 2009). "Expecting an in-crease". Calgary Sun. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 

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