Role Ice hockey player
Name Mike McKenna
Salary 595,000 USD (2014)
|Playing career |
Weight 88 kg
Height 1.88 m
|Born April 11, 1983 (age 32)
St. Louis, MO, USA (1983-04-11) |
NHL team (P) Cur. team Former teams Florida Panthers Portland Pirates (AHL) Tampa Bay Lightning New Jersey Devils Columbus Blue Jackets Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 172nd overall, 2002 Nashville Predators
Current team Portland Pirates (#56 / Goaltender)
Similar People Louis Domingue, Curtis McElhinney, Sena Acolatse, Mike Lee, Brent Regner
Education St. Lawrence University
Player profile goalie mike mckenna
Mike McKenna (born April 11, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently signed with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). McKenna previously played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Arizona Coyotes as well as their minor league affiliates. McKenna was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 6th round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Mike played for the Springfield Jr Blues in the North American Hockey League for two seasons in 1999 and 2000.
McKenna played his college hockey for St. Lawrence University, an NCAA Division 1 team in the ECAC. McKenna was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
He played for the Las Vegas Wranglers during the 2006–07 ECHL season, compiling 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.
McKenna was signed to an AHL contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning AHL 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 season. McKenna 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 Kolzig 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 Ramo. 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.
In July 2011, McKenna signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.
On July 1, 2012, McKenna signed a one-year, two-way contract with the 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.
McKenna 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. 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 intention to remain in Portland, McKenna was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with new Pirates affiliate, the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2015.
On March 1, 2017, McKenna 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 added veteran experience helped the Crunch in the post-season advance to the Calder Cup finals. He recorded a career high 13 playoff wins.
On July 1, 2017, McKenna left the Lightning as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars.
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.