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Leland Irving
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Born April 11 1988 (1988-04-11) (age 28),
Barrhead, AB, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Calgary Flames
Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2006
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2008–present

</div></div> Leland Irving (born April 11, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League (AHL) and is a prospect for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early lifeEdit

A native of Swan Hills, Alberta, Irving was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, as an eight-year-old when a bump resembling an insect bite above his left ear was found to be cancerous. He endured 13 months of chemotherapy, overcoming the illness.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Irving was drafted in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He played five seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Everett Silvertips. The 2007–08 WHL season was his fifth and final season with the Silvertips; he played 56 games and sported a 2.45 goals against average. He finished his WHL career tied with Bryan Bridges for the league's all-time record for career shutouts with 21 (he was later surpassed the following season by Tyson Sexsmith of the Vancouver Giants).[2]

On January 18, 2007 Irving was signed by the Flames to an entry-level contract. On April 22, 2007 he was assigned to the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League (AHL). He practiced with the club, and dressed in two of the final playoff games behind starter Curtis McElhinney. For the 2008–09 season, Irving was assigned to the Quad City Flames, Calgary's AHL affiliate.

International playEdit

In June 2007, Irving was named to Team Canada as one of three rotating goalies for the 2007 Super Series between Canada and Russia's national under-20 teams. He made his first appearance in the series, starting game 3 on August 31, 2007. He stopped 32 of 34 shots on goal and was awarded as Canada’s Player of the Game. Canada defeated Russia 7-0-1 in eight games.

AwardsEdit

  • WHL West Second All-Star Team - 2006

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2003–04 Everett Silvertips WHL 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0.00
2004–05 Everett Silvertips WHL 23 9 8 1 1132 34 2 1.80
2005–06 Everett Silvertips WHL 67 37 22 4 3791 121 4 1.92
2006–07 Everett Silvertips WHL 48 34 9 3 2802 87 11 1.86
2007–08 Everett Silvertips WHL 56 27 24 3 3258 133 4 2.45
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 47 24 18 2 2658 99 1 2.23
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 35 14 17 2 1850 85 1 2.76
2009–10 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 8 2 4 2 490 25 0 3.06
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 61 30 26 8 3437 40 8 2.30
AHL totals 101 49 41 10 5623 224 10 2.38

PlayoffsEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
2003–04 Everett Silvertips WHL 3 1 0 104 2 0 1.15
2005–06 Everett Silvertips WHL 12 8 3 747 21 3 1.68
2006–07 Everett Silvertips WHL 12 6 5 639 30 0 2.81
2007–08 Everett Silvertips WHL 3 0 3 139 10 0 4.30
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 1 0 1 14 3 0 12.97
WHL totals 30 15 11 1629 63 3 2.32

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Matt Pelech
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Mikael Backlund
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