Mike Connolly (ice hockey)
July 3, 1989 |
Calgary, AB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Competitor for Canada West|
|World Junior A Challenge|
Michael Brian Connolly (born July 3, 1989) is a Canadian ice hockey forward. He is currently playing with the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Connolly has previously played in the National Hockey League for the Colorado Avalanche.
Undrafted, after playing junior hockey in the AJHL for the Camrose Kodiaks, Connolly attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team after the 2008-09 season, Connolly remained on a point-per-game average through his sophomore season. In his Junior year, he led the Bulldogs with 54 points in 42 game en route to the NCAA Championship and a WCHA First All-Star Team selection.
In his first professional season in 2011–12, Connolly was assigned to the Sharks American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. He led Worcester rookies with 30 points in 40 games before he was dealt by San Jose at the trade deadline on February 27, 2012, to the Colorado Avalanche, along with Jamie McGinn and Michael Sgarbossa in exchange for Daniel Winnik, TJ Galiardi and a seventh round selection. He was then assigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. After two games with the Monsters, Connolly was unexpectedly recalled by the Avalanche and made his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild in a 2-0 victory on March 4, 2012.
After off-season knee surgery, Connolly missed the start of the 2012–13 season with the Lake Erie Monsters. As a result Connolly struggled offensively upon his return until the latter portion of the season to contribute with 9 goals for 23 points in 65 games. His rights were not retained by Colorado and he was released as a free agent at the conclusion of his contract.
On July 18, 2013, Connolly was signed to his first European contract, on a one-year deal with German club, Augsburger Panther. In his first European season in 2013–14, Connolly quickly adapted to the larger ice and cemented his position as center on the top scoring line for Augsburg. Despite missing out on the post-season, Connolly lead the team with 28 assists and placed second in points with 42 to re-sign to a one-year extension on February 23, 2014.
In the following 2014–15 season, Connolly was limited to 22 games due to a cruciate ligament injury, and was unable to reproduce his initial success in the DEL. After finishing with 11 points, Connolly left as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with fellow DEL club, the Straubing Tigers on March 26, 2015.
|2008–09||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||43||13||29||42||53||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||37||14||26||40||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||42||28||26||54||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||13||3||4||7||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||65||9||14||23||21||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|WCHA All-Rookie Team||2008–09|
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||2009|||
|All-WCHA First Team||2010–11|||
- "Matt Frattin, Jake Gardiner Named To All-WCHA Teams". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "UMD's Mike Connolly signs with San Jose Sharks". CBSSports.com. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Avalanche acquire McGinn as well as prospects Connolly and Sgarbossa". Denver Post. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Avs' Mike Connolly familiar with site of NHL debut". Denver Post. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "Panthers are complete: Mike Connolly switches to Augsburger". Augsburger Panther. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- "The next important contract: Panthers keep Connolly" (in German). Augsburger Panther. 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Tigers announce the acquisition of four players" (in German). Straubing Tigers. 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
- "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.