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Brampton - Goaltender Patrick Killeen of the Brampton Battalion has been voted to the Ontario Hockey League’s third all-star team, it was announced Thursday.
Earlier in the week, it was announced that Killeen finished third in balloting for OHL goaltender of the year. The award went to Chris Carrozzi of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, while Matt Hackett of the Plymouth Whalers finished second. Carrozzi and Hackett were voted to the first and second all-star teams respectively.
A resident of Carp, Ont., who turned 20 on April 15, Killeen appeared in a league-high 63 games in his fourth OHL season. He posted a won-lost-extended record of 23-25-13 with five shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Killeen led OHL goalies in minutes played with 3,693 and tied for the lead in shutouts with Carrozzi and Robin Lehner of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
“It’s nice to be recognized for the season I had,” Killeen said via telephone. “My first three seasons in Brampton were big stepping stones for me. I learned a lot of different things every year, and it was good to be able to put it all together in my fourth season.”
Killeen was joined on the third-all-star team by centre Luke Pither of the Barrie Colts, left winger Chris MacKinnon of the Kitchener Rangers and right winger Greg Nemisz of the Windsor Spitfires. The defencemen were Barrie’s Alex Pietrangelo and Shawn Lalonde of the Belleville Bulls.
The Battalion placed three players on OHL all-star teams in 2008-09, including goaltender Thomas McCollum, a second-team selection. Centre Cody Hodgson and left winger Evgeny Grachev were named to the first and third teams respectively.
A fifth-round choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League’s 2008 Entry Draft, Killeen has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the club. After the Battalion’s season ended, he was assigned to the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins, Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League affiliate.
Killeen practised with the AHL team, which was swept in four games by the Albany River Rats in a best-of-seven East Division semifinal.
“It’s a great program with terrific coaches and a really good group of players. It was exciting to see how things are done in the pros. They brought me up so I could learn from the older guys and it won’t be as big an adjustment next season.”
Killeen went from being one of the oldest players on the Battalion to one of the youngest members of the Penguins.
“When you go to the OHL, the oldest guy you’ll be playing with is 20 or 21. But in the AHL we had a team dinner and I was sitting with guys who are in their 30s and married and have kids. It’s different being with guys who have been in hockey for so long, but it’ll be great to learn from them.”
Killeen said he’s aiming for an AHL job next season.
“They told me they’d give me an opportunity to get a spot in Scranton, and that’s all that I’m asking for. Their whole group is about winning. Their AHL team has a lot of experience with guys who have had stints in the NHL. It’s exciting to be with an organization that prides itself on winning.”