Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Men's Hockey
The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team is a adding some pro experience to their line-up next season. Goaltender Patrick Killeen will be donning the Ravens sweater in 2014-2015, coming to the team after a three year professional career in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and stints in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Killeen, a former 6th round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008, spent time with the Wheeling Nailers and Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He will be joining second-year goalie Francis Dupuis in the Ravens net, after goaltenders Ryan Dube and Matt Dopud graduated this past year.
Returning to school and continuing his career in the CIS was a decision that Killeen put a lot of thought into.
“It just came down to what I thought was best for my future long term. I think it’s very important do have an education in today’s job market. I am still very much hoping to continue playing pro hockey after I’m done getting a degree, but this seemed like the best time to go to school,” Killeen said.
He last suited up for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears in 2012-2013, after playing for two and a half years with the Wheeling Nailers. His overall record in the ECHL is an impressive 48-41-13, and includes two back-to-back 19-win seasons with the Nailers. During two separate call-ups with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Killeen appeared in seven games, finishing with a 2-2 record.
Ravens head coach Marty Johnston is excited to get a player with as much pro experience as Killeen possesses and thinks this will only benefit Carleton moving forward.
“When Patrick approached us in September about possibly joining our program we were ecstatic. In the last year we’ve had the pleasure of seeing how hard he competes in practice. Killer (Killeen) is a great asset to our program and we can’t wait to see him in a Ravens uniform,” Johnston said.
Killeen will be joining forces with Francis Dupuis, who had a breakout year with the Ravens this past season. Dupuis finished the regular season with a 14-1 record and a league-leading 1.79 GAA. His strong play also continued into the playoffs. The pair should be a solid 1-2 punch for the team next season.
For Killeen, the decision was easy to attend Carleton to continue his hockey career while pursuing an education.
“Carleton’s hockey program has always had a sterling reputation, so when it came down to picking a school that had what I was looking for academically, that also had an excellent hockey program, the choice became a no-brainer. I’ve also known many of the guys on the team for a long time. Both as guys I’ve played junior with and guys I’ve grown up with from around the Ottawa area,” he said.
While attending classes at Carleton during the 2013-2014 school year, Killeen could only watch games from the sideline while he sat out for eligibility reasons. The Ravens run to the nationals was something Killeen valued and was excited to see evolve.
“Even though I couldn’t play last year, I still got to practice and see the guys grow as a team. I think what set them apart last year was their ability to come together as a team… I am very excited to be a part of such a talented and hard-working team,” he said.
Prior to playing pro, Killeen has a strong junior career with the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), which saw them win the Bobby Orr Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions in 2008-2009. His junior totals include a 63-48-20 record after appearing in 139 games over four seasons.
The Ravens will open training camp in September when the fall school semester begins.