Mike McKenna (ice hockey)
McKenna with the Portland Pirates in 2015
April 11, 1983|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning|
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
172nd overall, 2002|
Mike McKenna (born April 11, 1983) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender. During his fourteen-year career, McKenna has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers, as well as their minor league affiliates. McKenna was briefly in the possession of the Vancouver Canucks organization after acquiring him in a trade from Ottawa, but instead of playing for their AHL affiliate, he was claimed off waivers the next day by Philadelphia.
McKenna was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 6th round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. While he has played under contract to many NHL teams, he has spent the majority of his career playing in their AHL affiliates.
As a youth, McKenna played in the 1997 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the St. Louis Blues minor ice hockey team. He later played for the Springfield Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League for two seasons from 1999–2001.
McKenna played his college hockey for St. Lawrence University, an NCAA Division I team in the ECAC. He played for St. Lawrence for four seasons from 2001–2005. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Beginning in 2005, McKenna played for the Las Vegas Wranglers for parts of two seasons at the beginning of his professional career. During the 2006–07 ECHL season, he compiled an impressive 27–4–2 record with five shutouts. He was named to the All-Star team and finished second in the league voting for Most Valuable Player. He played one season (2007–08) with the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League (AHL).
McKenna was signed to an AHL contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning's affiliate Norfolk Admirals for the 2008–09 season after drifting from several AHL teams during the previous seasons, including a previous stint for Norfolk during the 2005–06 season. He played better than expected, earning Norfolk's starting goalie position. He had an 11–10–0 record with one shutout through early February, when he was signed to an NHL contract by the Lightning after Olaf Kölzig went down for the season with an injury. He made his NHL debut on February 3, 2009, versus the New York Islanders, relieving starter Karri Rämö. The following day, he made his first NHL start in goal on February 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, shutting the Penguins out through two periods before losing 4–3 in overtime. McKenna earned his first NHL win and shutout on February 7 with a 28 save, 1–0 home win against the New York Islanders, less than a week into his NHL career.
In 2009, McKenna signed with the New Jersey Devils organization and played one season with the Lowell Devils. That summer the franchise was moved to Albany, NY and became the Albany Devils, where McKenna played one season. He also played two games in the NHL for New Jersey. McKenna's only NHL start of the season was against his hometown St. Louis Blues.
For a third consecutive season, McKenna continued his journeyman career and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 5, 2013. He started the season in their AHL affiliate the Springfield Falcons but was recalled by the Blue Jackets on December 3, 2013, after Sergei Bobrovsky went down with an injury. On December 12, 2013, McKenna made his Blue Jackets debut in relief of an injured Curtis McElhinney, saving 17 of 18 shots faced in a 4–2 win against the New York Rangers.
On July 1, 2014, McKenna signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes. He started the season with the AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, whom he had previously played for. In the 2014–15 season, after the trading away of Arizona goaltender Devan Dubnyk, McKenna was recalled to the NHL again where he started one game for the Coyotes.
With the Coyotes changing AHL affiliates to Springfield, MA, McKenna was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the new Portland Pirates' parent club, the Florida Panthers, on July 1, 2015. He spent the majority of the season with the Pirates, save for a two-game recall beginning on February 29, 2016 and ending March 4.
McKenna began the 2016–17 season with the Springfield Thunderbirds (formerly the Portland Pirates). On March 1, 2017, he returned to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization after he was traded by the Panthers in exchange for fellow goaltender Adam Wilcox. Assuming the starting role with AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch, McKenna's veteran experience helped the Crunch to advance to the Calder Cup Finals. He recorded a career high 13 playoff wins, and is tied for the Crunch franchise single playoff win record with Cedrick Desjardins with 13.
On July 1, 2017, McKenna signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars. In the 2017–18 season, McKenna spent the majority of the season with the Stars AHL affiliate in Texas, helping them reach the Calder Cup finals, his second successive appearance. He was recalled by Dallas for the last month and a half of the regular season, appearing in two NHL contests and earning his first win since 2014.
As a free agent in the off-season, McKenna extended his career in agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators on July 1, 2018. He joined AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators to begin the 2018–19 season. After six games with Belleville, McKenna was recalled by Ottawa. He appeared in 10 games with the Senators, posting 1-4-1 record before he was traded along with Tom Pyatt and a 2019 sixth round draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Anders Nilsson and Darren Archibald on January 2, 2019. He was waived after backing up Jacob Markström for two games, with the Canuck's intention being to reassign him to their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. He was promptly claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers as they dealt with injuries to goaltenders Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, and Anthony Stolarz. McKenna made his Flyers debut on January 8, 2019 against the Washington Capitals. He was the seventh goaltender to start for the Flyers in the 2018–19 season in only the 43rd game. On January 30, 2019, McKenna agreed to a 14-day conditioning loan with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He went 2-1 during the stint while playing for an AHL-record thirteenth franchise.
On February 20, 2019, McKenna was waived by the Flyers.
McKenna is a fan of Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth. Big John Bates, the original singer for Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator, owns McKenna's Ottawa Senator goalie pants.
|1999–00||Springfield Jr. Blues||NAHL||16||6||8||0||879||48||0||3.28||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Springfield Jr. Blues||NAHL||48||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||20||7||10||1||1122||59||0||3.16||.898||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||13||1||7||2||618||38||0||3.69||.897||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||27||9||10||3||1475||60||3||2.44||.917||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||35||15||17||2||2022||92||3||2.73||.908||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||25||19||2||1||1383||49||1||2.13||.923||4||1||1||173||9||0||3.12||.905|
|2006–07||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||38||27||4||7||2258||83||5||2.21||.927||6||3||3||358||15||0||2.51||.913|
|2006–07||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||2||0||1||0||96||6||0||3.74||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||15||4||8||1||776||46||1||3.56||.887||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||2||0||1||0||118||6||0||3.05||.893||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||4||1||1||1||219||11||0||3.01||.904||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||10||5||4||0||565||34||0||3.61||.896||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Smith-Pelly on waivers; SJS claim Haley". TSN. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- McKenna, Mike. "Please read". Twitter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
- "McKenna tweet picture". Twitter. February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014.