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Thomas McCollum
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Brampton Battalion, Guelph Storm
Born December 7 1989 (1989-12-07) (age 26),
Buffalo, NY, USA
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2008
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 2009 – present

Thomas McCollum (born December 7, 1989) is an American ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Red Wings in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Minor careerEdit

McCollum starting playing goalie when, during a mite hockey game, the goalie on his team quit; McCollum switched from defence and took over in net at the next practice.[1]

Junior careerEdit

Guelph StormEdit

Drafted by the Guelph Storm in the OHL draft, McCollum had the choice of playing with a Junior A team near his hometown of Sanborn, New York, but instead opted to play major junior for the Storm, citing the challenge of the OHL as a strong deciding factor.[1] He also was shown great support from Guelph residents at a restaurant before signing.[2]

Playing for the Storm in his rookie season in 2006–07, McCollum was named an All-Star, recording 5 shutouts, a 2.39 goals against average (GAA), and a .918 save percentage. He posted similar numbers the following season, in 2007–08, including a 1.91 GAA, .937 save percentage performance in the playoffs as Guelph was ousted in the second round. He was nominated for the OHL Goaltender of the Year, awarded to Mike Murphy of the Belleville Bulls, in addition to being named the Storm's Academic Player of the Year. Going into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, McCollum was the first ranked North American goaltender by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He would be drafted 30th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the second goaltender selected, behind Chet Pickard, who was chosen 18th overall by the Nashville Predators.

McCollum returned to the Storm for a third OHL season in 2008-09, however, he was traded to the Brampton Battalion following his efforts at the 2009 World Junior Championships.[3] McCollum had a 17-10-4 record with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage with Guelph.

Brampton BattalionEdit

McCollum took over the starters role with the Battalion, and posted a 17-6-0 record with Brampton, as he had a 1.94 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He was named to the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic along with new teammates Cody Hodgson, Matt Duchene and Evgeny Grachev.[4] McCollum put up a 13-8 record with a 2.90 GAA and a .898 save percentage in the playoffs, as Brampton lost to the Windsor Spitfires in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit Red WingsEdit

The Detroit Red Wings had McCollum split the 2009-10 season between the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. In six games with Toledo, McCollum had a 2-1-0 record with a 4.48 GAA and a save percentage of .864. With the Griffins, McCollum appeared in 30 games, as he had a 10-16-2 record with a 3.48 GAA and a .881 save percentage.

On March 28, 2011, after injuries to Red Wings goalies Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard, McCollum was called up from Toledo to serve as Detroit's backup. He was in uniform for Detroit's game that night against Chicago. He made his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues on March 30th, 2011, replacing starting goaltender Joey MacDonald midway through the second period with the score 5-2 to the Blues. McCollum conceded 3 goals on 8 shots and was himself pulled at the end of the second period. Detroit went on to lose the game 10-3.

International playEdit

McCollum was named to the United States for the 2009 World Junior Championships, finishing in fifth place. McCollum took the selection as a great honour.[2]

Off the iceEdit

McCollum assists in goaltending camps near his hometown in Western New York.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Guelph Storm OHL 55 26 18 10 3158 126 5 2.39 .918
2007–08 Guelph Storm OHL 51 25 17 6 2978 124 4 2.50 .914
2008–09 Guelph Storm OHL 31 17 10 4 1859 69 3 2.23 .926
2008–09 Brampton Battalion OHL 23 17 6 0 1333 43 4 1.94 .929
2009–10 Toledo Walleye ECHL 6 2 1 0 188 14 0 4.48 .864
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 30 10 16 2 1741 101 0 3.48 .884
2010-11 Toledo Walleye ECHL 23 11 9 2 1305 60 3 2.76 .909
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 22 6 12 2 1152 64 1 3.33 .879
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 15 3 0 12.00 .625
OHL totals 160 85 51 20 9328 362 16 2.33 .920
ECHL totals 29 13 10 2 1493 74 3 3.62 .887
AHL totals 42 16 28 4 2893 165 1 3.41 .882
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 15 3 0 12.00 .625

PlayoffsEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Guelph Storm OHL 4 0 4 233 17 0 4.37 .890
2007–08 Guelph Storm OHL 10 5 5 596 19 1 1.91 .937
2008–09 Brampton Battalion OHL 21 13 8 1284 62 1 2.90 .898
OHL totals 35 18 17 2113 98 2 2.78 .908

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chris Pope. The Future Behind the Winged Wheel. The Good Point. Retrieved on 2008-12-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Future Behind the Winged Wheel. The Good Point (2009-05-19). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  3. McCollum trade to Brampton. Guelph Mercury (2009-01-09). Retrieved on 2009-01-27.
  4. Whalers captain Chris Terry named to 2009 OHL All-Star Game. MLive.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-27.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Brendan Smith
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Riley Sheahan


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