Mike McKenna (ice hockey)
McKenna in November of 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 professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). McKenna has previously played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, and Ottawa Senators, 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.
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 two seasons with the Albany Devils. 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 the AHL 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 backup Devan Dubnyk and the sending down of Mike Lee, McKenna was recalled to the NHL again as Mike Smith's backup.
With the Coyotes changing AHL affiliates and with the Pirates' intention to remain in Portland, 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 whole season with the Pirates.
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 left the Lightning as a free agent to sign 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 and appeared in two NHL contests for the first time 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 to replace out of form backup Mike Condon. He appeared in 10 games with the Senators, posting just 1 win, 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, however, whom were in need a of goalie to backup rookie Carter Hart, 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 is the seventh goaltender to start for the Flyers in the 2018–19 season in only the 43rd game.
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Devils will give goalie Mike McKenna a start in his hometown of St. Louis - NJ.com
- Scanlan, Wayne (July 8, 2011). "Sens sign veteran pair to two-way deals". The Montreal Gazette. The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Blues Sign McKenna, Chorney and Ford". St. Louis Blues. 2012-07-01.
- "Blue Jackets sign Goaltender McKenna to one-year deal". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Coyotes sign Bolduc, Campbell, Hodgman, McKeena and Reese". Arizona Coyotes. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "Florida Panthers agree to terms with McKenna, Acolatse and Harper". Florida Panthers. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 1, 2017). "Lightning acquire G Mike McKenna from Florida". Tampa Bay Lightning.com. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
- "Stars sign Mike McKenna to one-year contract". Dallas Stars. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "Senators sign Mike McKenna to one-year, two-way contract". Ottawa Senators. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- "Canucks acquire McKenna, Pyatt and sixth round pick from Senators". Vancouver Canucks. 2019-01-02. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
- January 4, Patrick Johnston Updated:; 2019 (2019-01-04). "Canucks in a goalie bind as McKenna claimed on waivers by Philadelphia | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2019-01-04.
- Valentine, Harvey. "Flyers at Capitals preview". NHL. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "McKenna tweet picture". Twitter. 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-02-01.