Mike Connolly (ice hockey)

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Mike Connolly
Born (1989-07-03) July 3, 1989 (age 26)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Straubing Tigers
Colorado Avalanche
Augsburger Panther
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Canada West
World Junior A Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2007 Trail

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.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1]

On April 13, 2011, shortly after his team won the Championship, Connolly signed a three-year entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 47 18 30 48 79 17 7 13 20 28
2007–08 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 37 25 41 66 39 12 3 5 8 38
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 Worcester Sharks AHL 40 10 20 30 26
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 13 3 4 7 4
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 65 9 14 23 21
2013–14 Augsburger Panther DEL 52 14 28 42 76
2014–15 Augsburger Panther DEL 22 4 7 11 30
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
WCHA All-Rookie Team 2008–09
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2009 [8]
All-WCHA First Team 2010–11 [1]

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