He was a standout goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League with the Brampton Battalion. For the past two years, Patrick Killeen has been about the best goalie in the AlpsHL. With just four games left in the Rittner Buam regular season schedule, Killeen is set to finish with the league’s best goals against average and save percentage. He is joined on the team’s roster by Dan Tudin, an Ottawa 67’s alumnus that has been with the team since 2006-07.
Patrick 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 Brampton at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 81st overall. Although he had a great career with the Battalion, it all came together in his final season.
In 2009-10, Killeen played in 63 of Brampton’s 68 regular season games, putting up a 2.42 goals against average and .913 save percentage. His five shutouts was tops in the OHL and he was named a Third Team All-Star, behind Chris Carrozzi and Matt Hackett. His GAA was third best in the league behind Mavric Parks and Carrozzi but both those players appeared in less than 40 games.
In fact, going strictly by numbers, Killeen should have been selected 2009-10 OHL Goaltender of the Year but instead it went to Carrozzi. Patrick also played in all eleven post season games for the Battalion, leading the team to the Eastern Conference semi-finals before losing to the Barrie Colts.
The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Patrick in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 180th overall. He played pro in the AHL and ECHL from 2010-11 to 2012-13 before heading to school. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, Killeen played for the Carleton University Ravens. In his first year with Carleton, he was a First Team All-Star and was named top goalie with a 2.15 GAA and .922 save percentage over 14 games.
After his schooling, Killeen had an amateur tryout with the Stockton Heat at the end of the 2015-16 American Hockey League season but did not appear in a single game. This led to his move to Italy for the 2016-17 season.
In 2016-17, Patrick played 35 games for Rittner Buam, posting a 2.06 GAA and .919 save percentage. In the playoffs, he appeared in 12 games with a 1.74 GAA (best in the playoffs) and a .926 save percentage. Rittner Buam won the AlpsHL championship.
This year, 2017-18, Killeen has appeared in 30 of the team’s 36 regular season games. His 1.81 GAA and .935 save percentage are the best in the league. The team is sitting in second position, knocking on the door of the top position.
Rittner Buam came over from Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio (LIHG) Serie A1 for the 2016-17 season after that league and Austria’s Inter-National League joined to form the AlpsHL. In the first year of the Alps Hockey League, Rittner Buam won the championship. They last won the title in the LIHG in 2013-14. Home games for the team are played at the 2,000 seat Arena Ritten in Collalbo, Italy, a venue that opened in 2004.
Dan Tudin has been with the team since 2006-07 and has played internationally for Italy on occasion. Tudin played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1998-99 with the Ottawa 67’s.
Currently, Rittner Buam sits in second place in the 17 team AlpsHL after 36 games. With four games remaining (last game on March 3, 2018), there’s plenty of hope that they will catch first place Asiago. The teams are just four points apart and the league plays with a proper three point game system.
Patrick Killeen OHL Stats