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Tom McCollum
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Born December 7, 1989 (1989-12-07) (age 30)
Amherst, New York
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
AHL team
Former teams
Hartford Wolf Pack
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2008
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2009–present

Tom McCollum (born Thomas McCollum on December 7, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He was drafted 30th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

AmateurEdit

Tom started playing goalie, but during a mite hockey game, the goalie on his team quit; he switched from defence and took over in net at the next practice.

Drafted by the Guelph Storm in the OHL draft, Tom had the choice of playing with a Junior A team near his hometown of Sanborn, New York, but instead opted to play major junior for the Storm, citing the challenge of the OHL as a strong deciding factor. He also was shown great support from Guelph residents at a restaurant before signing.

Playing for the Storm in his rookie season in 2006–07, Tom was named an All-Star, recording 5 shutouts, a 2.39 goals against average (GAA), and a .918 save percentage. He posted similar numbers the following season, in 2007–08, including a 1.91 GAA, .937 save percentage performance in the playoffs as Guelph was ousted in the second round.

He was nominated for the OHL Goaltender of the Year (which was awarded to Mike Murphy of the Belleville Bulls) in addition to being named the Storm's Academic Player of the Year.

Going into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Tom was the first ranked North American goaltender by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He would be drafted 30th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the second goaltender selected, behind Chet Pickard, who was chosen 18th overall by the Nashville Predators.

Tom returned to the Storm for a third OHL season in the 2008-09 season; however, he was traded to the Brampton Battalion following his efforts at the 2009 World Junior Championships. He had a 17–10–4 record with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage with Guelph.

Tom took over the starters role with the Battalion, and posted a 17–6–0 record with Brampton, as he had a 1.94 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

He was named to the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic along with new teammates Cody Hodgson, Matt Duchene and Evgeny Grachev.

He put up a 13-8 record with a 2.90 GAA and a .898 save percentage in the playoffs, as Brampton lost to the Windsor Spitfires in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals.

ProfessionalEdit

The Detroit Red Wings had Tom split the 2009–10 season between the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. In six games with Toledo, he had a 2-1-0 record with a 4.48 GAA and a save percentage of .864.

With the Griffins, Tom appeared in 30 games, as he had a 10-16-2 record with a 3.48 GAA and a .881 save percentage.

On March 28, 2011, after injuries to Red Wings goalies Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard, Tom was called up from Toledo to serve as Detroit's backup. He was in uniform for Detroit's game that night against Chicago.

He made his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues on March 30, 2011, replacing starting goaltender Joey MacDonald midway through the second period with the score 5-2 to the Blues. He conceded 3 goals on 8 shots and was himself pulled at the end of the second period. Detroit went on to lose the game 10-3.

On July 22, 2013, Tom signed a one-year AHL contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins. During the 2013–14 season, he posted a 24–12–4 record with a 2.30 GAA, a .922 save percentage and two shutouts in 46 games. After five AHL seasons, he ranks third all time among Griffins goaltenders, trailing Joey MacDonald and Jimmy Howard in games played (159) and wins (69).

On July 11, 2014, Tom signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings. On January 11, 2015, he was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, McCollum posted a 10–8–3 record with a 2.33 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 21 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tom made his first appearance of the season for the Red Wings on January 18, in a relief appearance for Petr Mrazek, after Mrázek allowed three goals on six shots in the first period to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Red Wings rallied to score four unanswered goals, and won the game by a final of 6–4, to earn Tom his first career NHL win.

On February 4, 2015, Tom was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, after appearing in two games for the Red Wings this season, where he posted a 0.91 goals-against average, and 0.960 save percentage.

During the 2014–15 season, he appeared in 37 games for the Griffins, posting a 19–11–7 record, a 2.40 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

During the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs, Tom became the first Griffins goalie to win five consecutive home playoff games, while tying Marc Lamothe's postseason record of five consecutive victories overall set in 2003.

McCollum was awarded the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Grand Rapids community during the 2014–15 season.[11]

On July 1, 2015, Tom signed a one-year contract extension with the Red Wings. On January 15, 2016, he was assigned to the Toledo Walleye for conditioning.

He has played in 10 games with the Griffins this season, posting a 4–6–0 record, a 2.53 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He was injured on December 5, 2015, while earning his fourth straight win with a 4–1 decision over the Lake Erie Monsters.

After the 2015–16 season, Tom ended his seven-year association with the Red Wings. Leaving as a free agent and later accepted a professional try-out contract to attend the Los Angeles Kings training camp on August 16, 2016.

After his release from the Kings, on October 15, 2016, he secured a NHL contract in signing a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames.

Assigned to the Stockton Heat, Tom as the third choice option, appeared in just a single game with the Heat in November before he was reassigned to feature in 5 games with ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder.

On March 8, 2017, he was loaned by the Flames to fellow AHL club, the Charlotte Checkers for the remainder of the season.

On July 1, 2017, Tom was traded back to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional 7th round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

In the 2017–18 season, he re-united with the Griffins and appeared in 37 games posting a 20-14-3 record.

As a free agent from the Red Wings, Tom left the club for a second time in agreeing to a one-year AHL contract with the Milwaukee Admirals, affiliate to the Nashville Predators, on July 17, 2018.

On February 19, 2019, he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators.

As a free agent and leaving the Predators organization, Tom agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack, affiliate to the New York Rangers, on July 1, 2019.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Guelph Storm OHL 55 26 18 10 3,158 126 5 2.39 .918 4 0 4 233 17 0 4.37 .890
2007–08 Guelph Storm OHL 51 25 17 6 2,978 124 4 2.50 .914 10 5 5 596 19 1 1.91 .937
2008–09 Guelph Storm OHL 31 17 10 4 1,859 69 3 2.23 .926
2008–09 Brampton Battalion OHL 23 17 6 0 1,333 43 4 1.94 .929 21 13 8 1,284 62 1 2.90 .898
2009–10 Toledo Walleye ECHL 6 2 1 0 188 14 0 4.48 .864
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 30 10 16 2 1,741 101 0 3.48 .884
2010–11 Toledo Walleye ECHL 23 11 9 2 1,305 60 3 2.76 .909
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 22 6 12 2 1,152 64 1 3.33 .879
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 15 3 0 12.00 .625
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 28 11 16 0 1,580 92 0 3.49 .891
2011–12 Toledo Walleye ECHL 15 6 6 2 870 38 0 2.62 .909
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 31 18 11 2 1,846 81 2 2.63 .904
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 46 24 12 4 2,561 98 2 2.30 .922 1 0 0 34 2 0 3.50 .875
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 37 19 11 1 2,171 87 1 2.40 .916 15 9 6 894 38 0 2.55 .916
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 1 0 0 66 1 0 0.91 .960
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 30 15 13 0 1,686 68 1 2.42 .923 7 3 3 401 16 0 2.39 .919
2015–16 Toledo Walleye ECHL 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .893
2016–17 Adirondack Thunder ECHL 5 3 1 1 303 15 0 2.97 .894
2016–17 Stockton Heat AHL 1 1 0 0 40 1 0 1.50 .950
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 17 11 2 4 1,030 36 1 2.10 .926 5 2 2 251 12 1 2.87 .910
2017–18 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 37 20 14 3 2,163 95 1 2.64 .912 3 1 1 140 7 0 3.00 .891
2018–19 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 34 12 10 10 1,965 89 2 2.72 .899 1 0 0 29 3 0 6.29 .813
NHL totals 3 1 0 0 81 4 0 2.98 .879

International PlayEdit

Tom represent the United States at the 2009 World Junior Championships, finishing in fifth place. He took the selection as a great honour.

Personal LifeEdit

Tom assists in goaltending camps near his hometown in Western New York and also plays pro roller hockey during the summer.

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