SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Florida Panthers President Of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced on Thursday they have called up Springfield Thunderbirds goaltender Mike McKenna on an emergency basis.
McKenna has played in 13 games this season with the Springfield Thunderbirds. His record is 4-6-3 with a 3.10 G.AA and a .894 save percentage. McKenna set a franchise record last weekend with Thunderbirds making 38 saves against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. McKenna hit a milestone this month when he played in his 400th American Hockey League game against the Hartford Wolf Pack back on December 7th. McKenna is only the 15th goaltender in the league to hit this milestone.
McKenna played in 57 games for the Portland Pirates during the 2015-16 AHL season. McKenna finished second in the AHL in wins with 33 and tied for seventh in save percentage with .921. McKenna also went to the AHL All-Star Classic and made his debut representing AHL Atlantic Division All-Star team.
He has played in 22 games in the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Arizona Coyotes. His record in the NHL is 5-11-2 with a 3.48 G.AA and a .889 save percentage along with one shutout. He recorded that shutout with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2008-09 campaign.
The Florida Panthers have a game tonight against the Boston Bruins and tomorrow against the Detroit Red Wings. The Thunderbirds are off this week and will be in action next week with three games in five nights beginning on Tuesday when they will play against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The next home game for the Thunderbirds at the MassMutual Center will be Friday December 30th when they take on their I-91 rival the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:05 P.M.