Former UNH All-American Conklin signs with NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ty Conklin, a standout goaltender on the UNH men's hockey team from 1998 to 2001, signed a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League which was announced on Thursday by club President and General Manager Doug MacLean. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, as per club policy.

Conklin has played professionally for six seasons, including five years in the Edmonton Oilers organization and one year overseas with Wolfsburg in Germany. Conklin has appeared in 60 career NHL games owning a 27-19-5 record with a 2.49 GAA, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. This past season he was a member of the 2006 Western Conference Champion Edmonton team that squared off against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Finals. In 2005-2006, Conklin registered a 8-5-1 in 18 games with a 2.80 GAA and a .880 save percentage. In 2003-2004, Conklin enjoyed his finest season with the Oilers, notching a 17-14-4 record in 39 games with a 2.42 GAA and .912 save percentage.

Conklin has also appeared in 83 career American Hockey League games mostly with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Oilers AHL affiliate club. Conklin owned a 33-27-11 record with a 2.61 GAA and five shutouts. He also represented Team USA at the 2004 and 2005 World Championships and backstopped the club to a bronze medal in 2004. He was also named the tournament's Outstanding Goaltender that year as he posted a 4-0-1 record with a 2.00 GAA, .934 SV% and one shutout.

While at UNH, Conklin amassed a 57-23-12 record with a 2.18 GAA, .916 save percentage and seven shutouts. He was a two-time Hobey Baker finalist and All-American as a Wildcat and was the Hockey East Player of the Year in 2000. Conklin was also a three-time All-Hockey East selection and was the co-recipient of the Walter Brown Award in 2001. Conklin ranks first all-time on UNH's goaltending leaderboard with his 2.18 GAA, while he ranks second all-time in wins, games played and save percentage. He also holds the top two single-season records for GAA; 1.84 in 98-99 and 2.05 in 2000-2001. Conklin was the staring goaltender on the 1999 team that played for the NCAA national championship against the University of Maine at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.

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