Mike McKenna (ice hockey)

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Mike McKenna
Mike McKenna2.jpg
McKenna in November of 2015
Born (1983-04-11) April 11, 1983 (age 35)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
Arizona Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 172nd overall, 2002
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2005–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

McKenna played for the Springfield Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League for two seasons from 1999–2001.

College[edit]

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.

Professional[edit]

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 during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009.

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.[1]

In July 2011, McKenna signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.[2] He played the whole season with the Senators AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

On July 1, 2012, McKenna signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.[3] He once again played the whole season with the AHL affiliate (Peoria Rivermen).

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

McKenna is a fan of Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth.[13] Big John Bates, the original singer for Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator, owns McKenna's Ottawa Senator goalie pants.

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%
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
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 7 4 2 1 388 25 0 3.86 .883
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 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 1 0 0 0 11 3 0 15.72 .250
2006–07 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 2 0 1 0 96 6 0 3.74 .889
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 41 24 13 1 2269 103 3 2.72 .908 6 2 4 320 18 0 3.38 .886
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 11 10 1 1315 65 1 2.97 .904
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 15 4 8 1 776 46 1 3.56 .887
2009–10 Lowell Devils AHL 50 24 17 6 2891 119 3 2.47 .921 5 1 4 317 17 0 3.22 .902
2010–11 Albany Devils AHL 39 14 20 2 2062 124 1 3.61 .886
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 1 0 118 6 0 3.05 .893
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 41 14 22 1 2196 109 0 2.98 .918
2012–13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 39 19 18 1 2307 93 4 2.42 .923
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 36 22 10 1 2106 89 3 2.54 .910 5 2 2 245 14 0 3.43 .907
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 1 1 1 219 11 0 3.01 .904
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 52 27 18 6 2979 111 7 2.24 .926 2 0 1 41 6 0 8.89 .647
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 1 0 1 0 60 5 0 5.00 .853
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 57 33 17 5 3256 133 3 2.45 .921 5 2 3 338 12 0 2.13 .918
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 26 9 10 0 1550 73 1 2.83 .907
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 14 5 5 1 796 38 0 2.87 .901 22 13 9 1341 60 0 2.68 .911
2017–18 Texas Stars AHL 32 17 9 4 1861 82 1 2.64 .909 22 14 8 1371 55 2 2.41 .927
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 2 1 1 0 102 5 0 2.97 .900
2018–19 Belleville Senators AHL 6 3 3 0 353 16 0 2.72 .914
2018–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 10 1 4 1 455 30 0 3.96 .897
NHL totals 34 7 16 3 1,729 103 1 3.58 .892

References[edit]

  1. ^ Devils will give goalie Mike McKenna a start in his hometown of St. Louis - NJ.com
  2. ^ Scanlan, Wayne (July 8, 2011). "Sens sign veteran pair to two-way deals". The Montreal Gazette. The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Blues Sign McKenna, Chorney and Ford". St. Louis Blues. 2012-07-01.
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets sign Goaltender McKenna to one-year deal". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  5. ^ "Coyotes sign Bolduc, Campbell, Hodgman, McKeena and Reese". Arizona Coyotes. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  6. ^ "Florida Panthers agree to terms with McKenna, Acolatse and Harper". Florida Panthers. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  7. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 1, 2017). "Lightning acquire G Mike McKenna from Florida". Tampa Bay Lightning.com. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Stars sign Mike McKenna to one-year contract". Dallas Stars. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  9. ^ "Senators sign Mike McKenna to one-year, two-way contract". Ottawa Senators. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  10. ^ "Canucks acquire McKenna, Pyatt and sixth round pick from Senators". Vancouver Canucks. 2019-01-02. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Valentine, Harvey. "Flyers at Capitals preview". NHL. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  13. ^ "McKenna tweet picture". Twitter. 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-02-01.

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