Role Ice hockey player
Children Trenton McElhinney
Name Curtis McElhinney
Salary 650,000 USD (2015)
|Playing career |
Spouse Ashleigh McElhinney
Height 1.88 m
|Born May 23, 1983 (age 32)
London, ON, CAN (1983-05-23) |
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
NHL team Former teams Columbus Blue Jackets Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks Ottawa Senators Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Draft 176th overall, 2002 Calgary Flames
Current team Columbus Blue Jackets (#30 / Goaltender)
Similar People David Savard, Matt Calvert, Cam Atkinson, Sergei Bobrovsky, Ryan Johansen
Curtis McElhinney robs Brad Marchand with gorgeous glove save
Robert Curtis McElhinney (born May 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. McElhinney was a sixth-round selection of the Flames, 176th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. McElhinney made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season.
- Curtis McElhinney robs Brad Marchand with gorgeous glove save
- Ctms travel post game interview 11 6 15 curtis mcelhinney
- Playing career
Ctms travel post game interview 11 6 15 curtis mcelhinney
McElhinney played four years of university hockey for Colorado College, compiling a 62–15–8 record in that time en route to winning two Western Collegiate Hockey Association First All-Star Team selections in 2003 and 2005, as well as NCAA Second and First All-American Team selections in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He was selected 176th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
He made his professional debut in 2005–06 with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League (AHL). He tied for the AHL lead in shutouts in 2006–07 while setting an Omaha team record with 44 wins. He played in the 2007 AHL All-Star game, and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.
McElhinney split 2007–08 between the Quad City Flames and Calgary. He made his NHL debut on October 22, 2007 against the San Jose Sharks in relief of Miikka Kiprusoff, appearing in five NHL games, finishing with a 0–2–0 record and a 2.00 goals against average. He played the entire 2008–09 NHL season with Calgary as Kiprusoff's backup and recorded his first NHL win in his 14th game of the year, the last of the regular season, in a 4–1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on April 11, 2009.
The Flames signed McElhinney to a two-year contract prior to the 2009–10 season. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on March 3, 2010 in exchange for goalie Vesa Toskala.
On February 24, 2011 McElhinney was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Dan Ellis. On February 28, he was claimed off waivers by the Ottawa Senators.
McElhinney signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 4, 2011.
On February 22, 2012 McElhinney was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets (along with second round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (via Ottawa) and a conditional fifth round selection in the 2013 Draft) for Antoine Vermette. He spent the season with Columbus' AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons and had a fine season, posting nine shutouts to lead the league and set a franchise record for both single season and career shutouts, and was again named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.
He was placed on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets January 8, 2017, after allowing 4 straight goals in a 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers on January 7, 2017. He posted a 2-1-2 win rate and a .924% save percentage in 7 games with the team in the 2016-2017 season. However, he was waived on January 9, 2017. The following day, McElhinney was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were in need of a backup goaltender following a disappointing season by Jhonas Enroth.
Down the stretch, McElhinney went 6-7 with 1 shutout, a 2.85 GAA & a .914 save%. As starter Frederik Andersen went down with an injury, McElhinney got quite a few starts. Most importantly in the final game of the season for the Leafs with a Playoff spot on the line. In this game, McElhinney made arguably the biggest save of his career in the dying seconds on Pittsburg Penguins captain Sidney Crosby who seemingly had a wide-open net for a one-timer goal. McElhinney slid across the crease to make a pad save & preserved the lead that eventually held up to earn the Leafs a playoff birth.
McElhinney and his wife Ashleigh had their first child, Trenton, in 2009. He has a younger sister, Alana, who also plays goaltender, for Division I Bemidji State University's women's hockey team. He also has a daughter named Jackson