Alexander Killorn of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored his third goal of the season yesterday against the Boston Bruins, but as a newcomer to the Tampa Bay team, his name might be unfamiliar to some. Here’s a look at his story.
The 23-year-old Killorn was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Selected in the third round of the 2007 draft by Tampa Bay, Killorn spent two years (2006-07 and 2007-08) playing for Deerfield Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts. After he graduated from school, he went on to play four years of college hockey at Harvard University. Every year he spent playing for the Crimson saw an improvement in his production: he tallied up 14 points in his freshman year, 20 in his sophomore season, 29 in his junior campaign and then 46 in his senior year.
In that last year of college hockey, Killorn was named to the ECAC conference’s Hockey First Team. That year, he was part of a truly changed Harvard squad. Many expected them to finish last in the 12-team conference, but instead they were contenders for the title. The Harvard coach, Ted Donato, was nominated for the ECAC version of the Jack Adams Award, though he didn’t win.
Once the college hockey season ended, Killorn joined the AHL Norfolk Admirals at the end of their season, just as the Admirals set a win streak record in April 2012 by notching 28 straight victories. With Killorn in tow, the Admirals went deep into the Calder Cup playoffs, ousting the Manchester Monarchs and Connecticut Whale before sweeping the St. John’s IceCaps and then doing the sweep again on the Toronto Marlies to win the Cup for the first time in team history. In the playoffs, Killorn had three goals and nine assists.
But then after winning it all, the Admirals switched to being the Anaheim Ducks‘ affiliate. Tampa Bay is now affiliated with the Syracuse Crunch, where Killorn played during the NHL lockout and put up 16 goals and 22 assists in 44 games before being called up to the parent club last month.
Killorn got his first assist in his first game with Tampa Bay on Feb. 10 and then scored his first goal six days later as the Lightning won 6-5 in overtime against the Florida Panthers. He now has three goals and three assists in 11 games played so far this season.
Here are a few videos from Killorn’s career so far:
His first-ever NHL goal.
He keeps Harvard from being shut out against the University of Vermont with this goal.
In the final few seconds against Rensselaer Polytechnic, he gets Harvard on the board for the win.
This profile of Killorn from the Syracuse local news also features Cory Conacher, who’s in Tampa Bay now too.