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Prospect Profile: Lalande likes to face a lot of shots

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
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Win or lose, Kevin Lalande likes to face a lot of shots when he plays goal for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.

Case in point: In a game over the holiday break in December against the Kitchener Rangers, he stopped 44 shots in a 3-0 loss and is named the game's second star.

More often than not, however, Lalande, comes out on the winning end of things as the Bulls lead the Eastern Division of the OHL -- he is 17-10-0 so far this season, his fourth with the Bulls.

Lalande scored another victory recently when the Flames announced they had signed the goaltender to an entry level contract.

"I wasn't expecting anything from them," said Lalande. "Really, the had until June to sign me. For them to make an approach prior to the deadline is great. It feels good."

So, suffice to say, Lalande will be smiling when he plays his next game for the Bulls, even if he faces 30 or 40 or 50 shots.

"Ever since I have been playing for Belleville I have faced alot of shots," said Lalande, 19. "All three years I have faced a lot of shots. It keeps me mentally in the game. I would rather face a lot of shots than not a lot of shots."

Lalande had a connection with the Flames prior to the team drafting him in the fifth round of the 2005 Entry Draft -- he had worked with current Flames goalie coach David Marcoux when Marcoux was with the Hull Olympiques. A coach from Hull happened to speaking at a banquet during his minor hockey days and his mother asked if there was goalie coach willing to do private lessons. The coach referred the Lalandes to Marcoux and the rest is history, as they say.

Lalande has also worked with Francois Allaire (currently Anaheim's J.S. Giguere's mentor) so it comes as no surprise that his style comes from Quebec.

"I always liked Patrick Roy. Now, with him retired, I watch Giguere a lot. I have pretty much learned the French goaltending style," he said.

Lalande attended a number of prospect camps and has kept in touch with Flames scouting staff and Marcoux.

"He (Marcoux) gave me a couple of things to work on. At six feet I am not the biggest goalie so they want me to try and play a bigger game. Challenge more, show more of the equipment to improve because, obviously, things come a lot faster and harder at the professional level," said Lalande.

"The Flames organization has been great from the time they drafted me. They said on draft day that they are committed to working with their draft picks. It's great to have the support," said Lalande.

Lalande is playing in his 4th season with the Bellville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. He is currently tied for 3rd in shutouts (2), 5th in wins (17), 6th in goals against average (3.04), and 7th in save percentage (0.917) amongst OHL goalies.

The native of Kingston, ON., who grew up in the Ottawa area, was drafted in the 5th round (158th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.

In 113 career OHL games, the 6’0”, 182 lbs goalie has recorded 57 wins, registered six shutouts, and has a career goals against average of 3.02.

KEVIN LALANDE - GOALTENDER
BORN:           Kingston, ON             DATE:            February 19, 1987
HEIGHT:       6’0’’                             WEIGHT:       182 lbs.
CATCHES:   Left
HOW ACQUIRED: 5th round, 128th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft
           

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

W

L

T

MINS

GA

SO

GAA

GP

W

L

MINS

GA

SO

GAA

2003-04

Hawkesbury

CJHL

35

-

-

-

2010

105

3

3.13

6

-

-

286

19

0

3.00

 

Belleville

OHL

3

1

2

0

133

15

0

6.77

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2004-05

Belleville

OHL

30

15

11

3

1797

79

1

2.64

2

0

2

120

8

0

4.00

2005-06

Belleville

OHL

50

24

17

0

2789

143

3

3.08

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2006-07

Belleville

OHL

30

17

10

0

1774

90

2

3.04

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

TOTALS

OHL

113

57

40

3

6493

327

6

3.02

2

0

2

120

8

0

4.00

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