Keith Aulie
Keith Aulie.jpg
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 5 in (0 m)
217 lb (99 kg)
NHL Team Tampa Bay Lightning
Born June 11 1989 (1989-06-11) (age 31),
Rouleau, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 116th overall, 2007
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 2009 – present

Keith Aulie (born June 11, 1989) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Aulie was drafted by the Calgary Flames 116th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Aulie played junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and was honoured as the league's Top Scholastic Player in 2007. Internationally, Aulie played in the 2009 World Junior Championships, where he paired with Tyler Myers on defence and helped Canada capture a gold medal. He was traded to the Maple Leafs when they acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Flames during the 2009–10 NHL season. Professionally, Aulie has played for the Abbotsford Heat and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs in November 2010. Off the ice, Aulie was honoured by the Canadian Red Cross for saving his father after he fell through ice on the family farm.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Aulie played junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), after being selected in the first round of the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft. Prior to being drafted, Aulie played minor hockey with the Weyburn Bantam RedCoat Rams.[1] Aulie made his WHL debut with the Wheat Kings during the 2005–06 WHL season, playing in 38 games and recording two assists.[2] After the 2006–07 season, Aulie was named the winner of the Doc Seaman Trophy, as the league's top scholastic player.[3] He played in 66 games that season, scoring his first career WHL goal, and adding eight assists.[2] The Calgary Flames made Aulie their fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[2] In the leadup to the draft, Aulie was ranked 108th overall among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[4] Aulie spent his entire WHL career with the Wheat Kings, and in his final season (2008–09 season) he served as the team's captain[5] and was named to the WHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team.[3] Aulie improved his point totals in each of his four WHL seasons, finishing with 17 points in his third season and 33 during his final season.[2]

Professional[edit | edit source]

Aulie signed his first professional contract with the Calgary Flames in January 2009.[6] After exhausting his junior eligibility, Aulie started his professional career with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Flames' affiliate club. During his first professional season with the Heat, Aulie's rights were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom in return for Matt Stajan, Ian White, Niklas Hagman, and Jamal Mayers.[7] After the trade, Aulie joined the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. His season was cut short after only five games with the Marlies due to an injury.[3] He played 48 games during his first professional season, scoring two goals and adding four assists between both teams at the AHL level.[2]

At the start of the 2010-11 season, Aulie was assigned to the Marlies after training camp with the Maple Leafs. He was called up to the NHL on November 12, 2010 when Phaneuf was injured. He played his first NHL game the next day against the Vancouver Canucks. Aulie played twelve games with the Maple Leafs, before being returned to the Marlies.[8] Despite the time he spent away from the AHL, Aulie was selected to the Western Conference team for the AHL All-Star game.[9] During the Skills Competition, Aulie competed in the hardest shot event, finishing third, with a top speed of 95.5 mph.[10] After the Maple Leafs traded Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks, Aulie was called up to rejoin the team. General manager Brian Burke said one of the reasons for the trade was to open up a spot at the NHL level for Aulie, " soon as we get a roster spot, we're calling up Keith Aulie. We expect him to be here for a while."[11] Aulie had his first NHL fight against Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers, earning the nickname "Muhammad Aulie".[12] He scored his first career NHL goal against the New York Islanders on March 9, 2011.[13]. Prior to the 2011-12 NHL season, Aulie was sent down to the Toronto Marlies.

International[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Ottawa Ice hockey

Aulie represented Canada internationally for the first time at the 2009 World Junior Championships.[14] He played on a defensive pairing with Tyler Myers and helped Canada to a gold medal.[15] Aulie, standing 6'5" tall, and Myers at 6'7" were nicknamed the "twin towers" by media covering the event.[5][15] After the tournament, Aulie was honoured by his hometown of Rouleau with a steak supper, and by the Calgary Flames when he attended a game against the St. Louis Blues.[6]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Aulie's parents are Bill and Karen. He has a younger sister, Krystal. When he was not in Brandon, playing with the Wheat Kings, Aulie attended high school at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox.[6] He helped capture a provincial volleyball championship while in school.[15] In December 2006, Aulie's father was using a tractor to clear snow off a frozen dugout in anticipation of an outdoor shinny game on New Year's Day. The ice could not support the weight of the tractor, and he fell through. Aulie was able to pull his father out of the water and get him to safety. The Canadian Red Cross honoured Aulie with their Rescuer Award for his act.[16]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Junior and professional[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 38 0 2 2 32 4 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 66 1 8 9 82 11 0 2 2 14
2007–08 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 72 5 12 17 81 6 0 3 3 11
2008–09 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 58 6 27 33 83 12 2 7 9 12
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 43 2 4 6 32
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 36 3 6 9 61
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 2 0 2 32
WHL totals 234 12 49 61 278 33 2 12 14 41
AHL totals 84 5 10 15 99
NHL totals 40 2 0 2 32

Junior and professional statistics source[2]

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WJC 6 0 1 1 2
Junior int'l totals 6 0 1 1 2

International statistics source[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wheaties Busy Draft Day Morning. Brandon Wheat Kings (2004-04-29). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Keith Aulie. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 WHL Alumni Spotlight: Keith Aulie. Western Hockey League (2010-05-27). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  4. 4 Hounds in NHL Draft. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Prest, Ashley (2009-01-07). Wheat Kings captain Aulie back home, with a very nice souvenir from Ottawa. Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved on 2011-2-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Aulie '04 feted in Rouleau. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  7. Flames trade D Phaneuf to Maple Leafs. The Sports Network (2010-01-31). Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  8. McGran, Kevin (2011-02-13). Aulie learns to walk Leafs' blue line and fits right in. The Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  9. Keith Aulie added to roster for AHL All-Star game. Toronto Marlies (2011-01-25). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  10. 2011 Skills Competition. American Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  11. McGran, Kevin (2011-02-09). Expect more moves, Burke says after Beauchemin trade. The Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  12. Hilson, Dave. Leafs have that winning feeling. SLAM! Sports. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  13. McGran, Kevin. "Wilson blasts top forwards after Leafs lose in OT", The Toronto Star, 2011-03-09. Retrieved on 2011-03-16. 
  14. Canada Roster. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Aulie and Myers give Canada plenty of size. The Sports Network (2008-12-27). Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  16. Keith Aulie felt fated for Flames in the NHL draft. Calgary Flames (2007-06-25). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  17. Player Statistics by Team CAN (pdf). International Ice Hockey Federation (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2010-12-05.

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