OHL grad Patrick Killeen will start 2016-17 in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio with Ritten/Renon Sport. The former Brampton Battalion goalie had played at the university level for the past two years after jumping right to pro hockey after junior. Killeen takes the place of fellow Ontario Hockey League grad Andrew Engelage (An updated article on this player is available here: Andrew Engelage) between the pipes for arguably the best team in Italy.
Killeen played four years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2009-10, all with the Brampton Battalion. He was a fifth round pick by the Battalion at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 81st overall.
Patrick’s top season by far was 2009-10 when he played in 63 of Brampton’s 68 regular season games and all of their eleven games in the post season. Killeen posted a 2.42 goals against average and .913 save percentage. He had the third best GAA in the league behind Mavric Parks (Kitchener Rangers/Barrie Colts) and Chris Carrozzi (Mississauga Majors). However, both of those two played in less than 40 games each.
Brampton lost in the Eastern Conference semi-finals to the Barrie Colts. Killeen was named an OHL Third Team All-Star goalie, behind Carrozzi and Matt Hackett of the Plymouth Whalers. Patrick was denied the OHL Goaltender of the Year award with the honour going to Carrozzi. Looking at numbers alone, Patrick may have been the better choice.
The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Killeen in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 180th overall. He played pro hockey from 2010-11 to 2012-13 in the American Hockey League and ECHL with Pittsburgh’s affiliates. In his first year, he appeared in the 2010-11 ECHL All-Star Game as a member of the Wheeling Nailers.
For 2014-15 and 2015-16 he played goal for Carleton University in the OUA. In his first year, Patrick was a OUA East First Team All-Star and the OUA East’s top goaltender. He played in 14 games that year, posting a 2.15 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Following the 2015-16 OUA season, Killeen had an amateur tryout with the Stockton Heat of the AHL but did not appear in any games.
Patrick Killeen is signed for the 2016-17 LIHG season with Ritten/Renon. Take a look at the article announcing the signing on the team’s official website (in Italian): Rittner Buam signs Patrick Killeen.
Also known as Rittner Buam. The franchise dates back to 1984. The team has been to the LIHG finals seven times in the past eleven seasons. However, they nearly faced relegation in 2011-12. Ritten/Renon has been to the finals in each of the past three seasons, winning the championship in 2013-14 and 2015-16. Home games are played at the Arena Ritten in Collalbo, Italy, a 2,000 seat venue that opened in 2004.
Ontario Hockey League grad Dan Tudin has played with the team since 2006-07 but is not officially on the roster for 2016-17 as of yet. Tudin played four years with the Ottawa 67’s from 1995-96 to 1998-99 and has played internationally for Italy.