Kieffer Bellows made his NHL debut on Tuesday night and it was a memorable one, from the requisite solo lap to his first NHL point. The Islanders' 2016 first-round pick (19th overall) picked up a secondary assist on Derick Brassard's second period goal and finished the night with 9:10 TOI, one shot, one hit and one blocked shot.
That's a new career highlight for Bellows, who has had many in his young hockey career. Get to know a little bit more about Bellows in the latest edition of 7 Facts.
1. HE'S THE SON OF FORMER NHLER BRIAN BELLOWS:
Kieffer comes from a hockey family, as his dad carved out a 17-year career from 1982-99. The elder Bellows played 10 years Minnesota North Stars and had stops with the Montreal Canadiens, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning. Bellows recorded 1022 points (485G, 537A) in 1188 games.
2. HE WON WORLD JUNIOR GOLD WITH TEAM USA:
Bellows won World Junior gold with Team USA in 2017 and picked up a bronze in 2018.
3. HE SET TEAM USA'S GOALS RECORD AT THE WORLD JUNIORS:
Bellows scored nine goals at the 2018 World Juniors, setting the Team USA record for most goals in a single tournament, breaking Jeremy Roenick's previous record of eight. Bellows also led the entire tournament in goals that year, as Team USA claimed a bronze medal.
4. HE WON THE CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH IN DECEMBER:
Bellows scored 10 goals in 11 games to earn AHL Player of the Month honors in December. Bellows became the first Bridgeport Sound Tiger to win the award since Casey Cizikas in 2011. Bellows had 15 goals in his last 26 games in Bridgeport prior to his call-up.
Bellows currently leads the Sound Tigers in goals (16) and points (24) in 45 games this season.
5. HE SKATES WITH ANDERS LEE IN THE SUMMERS:
Bellows and Lee share a skating, skills and shooting coach. Bellows and Lee are both from Edina, MN. Bellows also plays in Da Beauty League with fellow Minnesotans Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy.
6. HE SCORED 50 GOALS WITH TEAM USA'S U-18 TEAM IN 2015-16:
Bellows had 81 points (50G, 31A) in 62 games. He finished second on the team in points behind Clayton Keller (107).
7. HE WON A USHL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2014-15:
Bellows won a Clark Cup with the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2014-15. Bellows was also named the USHL's rookie of the year in the same season.