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Get to Know ... Thomas McCollum

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

G et to know Thomas McCollum ...

  • Received Guelph's Academic Player of the Year Award and was nominated for the OHL's Bobby Smith Award in 2007-08.
  • Was the only three-time winner of the CHL Goaltender of the Week award in 2008 – he won the award on February 6th as well as on back-to-back honors on December 11th and December 18th. He was also named the OHL Goaltender of the Month for December.
  • In his rookie season in 2006-07, he set the Guelph Storm all-time record for single season shutouts with five, participated in the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic and was nominated for OHL Goalie of the Year.
  • Represented Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Finland.
  • Patterns his game after Vancouver's Roberto Luongo – "he is the best at what he does and he always competes."
  • His nickname is 'T' – "it was the only name the guys could think of" and he wears number 33 because he loves the number three and it's balanced.
  • He got his start in hockey when he was four years old – "I was already skating for two years and I wanted to be like the Buffalo Sabres." He played minor hockey for the Wheatfield Blades from 1994 to 2006.
  • His most memorable hockey moment was getting a shutout in his first OHL game – "it proved to me that I could play at that level" and if he could invite any three people to dinner he would choose: Patrick Roy, Grant Fuhr and Roberto Luongo.
  • If he could be in any movie he would choose Miracle and if he wasn't playing hockey he would be playing basketball.


FAVORITES

NHL Team: Buffalo Sabres

NHL Player: Vancouver's Roberto Luongo

Shootout move: Making a save

Practice Drill: Rebound

Video Game: Rock Band

TV Show: The Simpsons

Actor: Adam Sandler

Website: facebook.com

Book: Harry Potter Pump-up song: "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

Food to cook: Mac and Cheese

Sport (other than hockey): Roller hockey

Place to visit: Home

 

STATISTICS

Season   Team     League  GP    GAA     MINS   SO  SV%
2006-07  Guelph  OHL        55    2.39     3,158    5    .918
2007-08  Guelph  OHL        51    2.50     2,978    4    .914

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