(photo: Bob Fina, Inside Hockey)

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that they have re-signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract extension.

McElhinney was selected 176th overall in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, but played from 2001-2005 for Colorado College where he registered a 2.32 GAA and nine shutouts in 91 career games. He was named First Team All-American in the 2004-2005 season after winning the MacNaughton Cup. He was traded to Columbus from the Phoenix Coyotes in February of 2012 and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jackets that same July. He spent the 2012-2013 season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, where his .923 SV% and 9 shutouts set franchise records. He won the Ross Lowe Memorial Award as Falcons MVP and was a Second Team AHL All-Star.

In the 2013-2014 season, McElhinney played a career-high 28 games for the Blue Jackets, posting a 2.78 GAA and .909 save percentage, with two shutouts.

Molly is not an athlete. She quickly got used to winning the “Best Smile” award at her family's Summer Olympics (an award made up especially for her by her grandmother, who felt bad that she never won anything else). But as they say, "Those who cannot do, write about it from the sidelines and provide orange slices at half time."


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