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Curtis McElhinney  #31

NUMBER: 31 BIRTHDATE: May 23, 1983  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: London, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CGY / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 6th   (176th overall)

Career: Spent 4 seasons (2001-05) with WCHA's Colorado College (62-16, 2.32, .912)... Led Tigers to NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 2005... Named to NCAA West 1st All-American Team in 2004-05 and 2nd Team in 2002-03... Named a WCHA 1st Team All-Star in 2003 and 2005... Named 2nd Team AHL All-Star in 2007 and 2013... Made NHL debut (w/CGY) on 10/27/07 vs. SJS.

2013-14: Set career NHL highs in wins, appearances and MIN... Recorded 4th career NHL shutout on 1/2 at PHX (34 saves, 2-0 W)... Won CBJ debut  on 10/20 vs. VAN.

2012-13: Recorded best single-season SV% in Falcons history (.923, T-6th in AHL)... Finished 10th in AHL with 2.32 GAA and 1st with franchise-record 9 shutouts... Recipient of Springfield’s Ross Lowe Memorial Award as Team MVP... Made 15 saves on 16 shots for Team East at 2013 AHL All-Star Classic... Named CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October.

Personal: Favorite player growing up was Curtis Joseph... Enjoys fly fishing in the off-season... Favorite NFL team is Denver.

WCHA First All-Star Team (2003, 2005) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2003) NCAA West First All-American Team (2005) AHL Second All-Star Team (2007, 2013) Traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Vesa Toskala, March 3, 2010. Traded to Tampa Bay by Anaheim for Dan Ellis, February 24, 2011. Claimed on waivers by Ottawa from Tampa Bay, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 4, 2011. Traded to Columbus by Phoenix with Ottawa's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Philadelphia Philadelphia selected Anthony Stolarz) in 2012 Entry Draft and Phoenix's 4th round choice (later traded to Philadelphia, later traded to Los Angeles Los Angeles selected Justin Auger) in 2013 Entry Draft for Antoine Vermette, February 22, 2012.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres