Mike Connolly (ice hockey)
Mike Connolly played between 2006 and 2008 for the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The player was eligible for the NHL Entry Draft 2007 selection, but was selected by any franchise in the National Hockey League ( NHL). From 2008, the offensive athlete spent three years at the University of Minnesota Duluth and was at this time for the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs hockey team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association ( WCHA ) active.
With the Bulldogs, he won in the 2008 /09 season, the WCHA Championship after the team won the final game against the Denver Pioneers 4-0. Mark Connolly scored 42 points scorer this season in 43 completed games and was elected to the WCHA All- Rookie Team. In the season 2010/11, the Bulldogs earned a participation in the "Frozen Four", the final tournament for the national championship of the University and College Sports League National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA). The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs won by defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines the tournament. Connolly was also chosen this season in the WCHA First All -Star team as well in the NCAA West Second All-American Team.
A few days after the NCAA success under Mike Connolly wrote on 15 April 2011 an entry contract with the San Jose Sharks. Then the Canadians was sent to San Jose's farm team Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League, where he was a regular player at the start of the AHL season 2011/12.
Shortly before the transfer window closed in February 2012 Connolly was transferred along with Jamie McGinn and Michael Sgarbossa of the San Jose Sharks to Colorado Avalanche. San Jose received in return the players Daniel Winnik, TJ Galiardi and a seventh -round option for the NHL Entry Draft in 2013. Subsequently, Connolly played two games for Colorado Farm Team Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League before moving to the cadre of Avalanche was appointed and 4 March 2012 played his first game in the National Hockey League. After another NHL - use, he was sent back to the Monsters, where he spent the rest of the season. After a knee surgery during the preparation for the 2012/13 season the Canadians started badly in the season, but could in the course of this increase. Nevertheless, his expiring contract was not renewed.
On 18 July 2013, the Augsburger Panther gave an undertaking by the attacker known where he will be active for this in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Awards and achievements
- 2009 Broadmoor Trophy win with the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
- 2009 WCHA All- Rookie Team
- 2011 NCAA Championship with the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
- 2011 WCHA First All - Star Team
- 2011 NCAA West Second All-American Team
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )