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Connor Hellebuyck
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Born May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19) (age 26)
Commerce Township, Michigan
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Winnipeg Jets
Manitoba Moose (AHL)
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 130th overall, 2012
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2014–present

Connor Hellebuyck (born Connor Charles Hellebuyck on May 19, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect of the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by the Jets in the 5th round (130th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Amateur Playing CareerEdit

After completing his high school career in Michigan, Connor played one year of junior hockey as a member of the Odessa Jackalopes, a franchise that had been a minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders, but had recently moved to junior hockey as part of the North American Hockey League.

He went from being virtually unknown to a top prospect while playing in Odessa and was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets following his season in Odessa.

Connor earned a scholarship to play for the UMass Lowell River Hawks in the NCAA Men's Division I Hockey East Conference, where in two seasons he played 54 games and compiled a 38–12–2 record with a .946 save percentage, 1.60 goals against average, and 12 shutouts.

Connor won the Hockey East Championship and made a Frozen Four appearance in his freshman year. Lowell would repeat as Hockey East Champions the following year and he became the only player in Hockey East history to be named tournament MVP twice.

Following his second year, his outstanding play was rewarded with a selection to the 2013–14 Hockey East First Team.

For the 2013–14 season, Connor was awarded the inaugural Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in college hockey.

He departed UMass Lowell as the school's shutout leader with 12 shutouts in 54 games, surpassing current Nashville Predators and former UMass Lowell goaltender Carter Hutton. He also owns single-season records for best save percentage (.952) and GAA (1.37), both in 2012–13.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Connor chose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility when he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL) on April 5, 2014.

In the 2014–15 season, he played his first full professional season with the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps and was selected to the 2015 AHL All-Star Game, serving as the Eastern Conference starter.

Connor was called up by the Jets late in the regular season to dress as the back-up goalie for one game.

On November 22, 2015 the Jets called up Connor after Ondrej Pavelec was injured during a game against the Arizona Coyotes.

On November 27, 2015, Connor won his first NHL game, against the Minnesota Wild, then on December 27, 2015, he recorded his first NHL shutout in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2011–12 Odessa Jackalopes NAHL 53 26 21 5 3085 128 3 2.49 .930 4 1 3 243 14 0 3.46
2012–13 UMass-Lowell HE 24 20 3 0 1397 32 6 1.37 .952
2013–14 UMass-Lowell HE 29 18 9 2 1747 52 6 1.79 .941
2014–15 St. John's IceCaps AHL 58 28 22 5 3332 143 6 2.58 .921
AHL totals 58 28 22 5 3332 143 6 2.58 .921

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2015 United States WC Template:Brca 8 7 1 0 482 11 2 1.37 .948
Senior totals 8 7 1 0 482 11 2 1.37 .948

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2015 Czech Republic

Connor was chosen by the United States to play at the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. He would backstop Team USA to a Bronze Medal in the tourney. He also posted a record of 7–1–0 with a pair of shutouts during his eight tournament games.

Connor would also finish with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .948 saving percentage. His seven wins tied a U.S. record for most in a single tournament set in 1939.

He has been named to the initial roster of Team North America for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2013
All-Hockey East First Team 2013–14
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2013–14
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2014
Mike Richter Award 2013–14
WC All-Star Team 2015
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