Roland McKeown
Born (1996-01-20)January 20, 1996,
Listowel, Ontario
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Carolina Hurricanes
Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
NHL Draft 50th overall, 2014
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2015–present

Roland McKeown (born January 20, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). McKeown was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (50th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[1] On February 25, 2015, McKeown was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, along with a conditional 1st round pick in exchange for veteran defenceman Andrej Sekera.[2]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Kingston Frontenacs[edit | edit source]

McKeown was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs with their first round pick, second overall, in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.[3][4] McKeown played in his first OHL game on September 21, 2012, getting no points in a 3-1 win over the Barrie Colts. He scored his first career OHL goal on October 4 against Matej Machovsky of the Brampton Battalion in a 4-1 loss. On February 18, McKeown had a season high three points, as he scored a goal and added two assists, in a 7-4 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. McKeown finished the 2012–13 season with seven goals and 29 points in 61 games, helping the rebuilding Frontenacs reach the post-season. In four playoff games, he was held without a point. McKeown was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.

In 2013–14, McKeown improved his offensive numbers, scoring 11 goals and 43 points in 62 games, and had an impressive +38 rating. In the Frontenacs first game of the season, McKeown had four assists in an 11-4 win over the Peterborough Petes. On December 20, McKeown recorded his first two-goal game of his career, scoring twice and added two assists in an 8-5 win over the Ottawa 67's. He participated in the 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game held at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, playing for Team Cherry, where he was held without a point in a 4-3 loss. On March 23, McKeown earned his first career playoff goal against Andrew D'Agostini of the Peterborough Petes in overtime, as the Frontenacs defeated the Petes 5-4. In seven playoff games, McKeown had a goal and four points, as the Frontenacs were upset by the Peterborough Petes in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.

McKeown was named the captain of the Frontenacs for the 2014–15 season. He struggled offensively, as McKeown scored seven goals and 32 points in 65 games. In the post-season, McKeown was held to an assist in four games as the Frontenacs lost to the North Bay Battalion in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.

He returned to the Frontenacs in 2015-16, and remained the captain of the team. On November 7, McKeown scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers. In 59 games, McKeown scored seven goals and 42 points. In the playoffs, on March 29, McKeown had a goal and four points in a 5-4 win over the Oshawa Generals. In nine post-season games, McKeown scored three goals and 12 points, helping Kingston reach the second round of the OHL playoffs for the first time since 1998.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Los Angeles Kings[edit | edit source]

McKeown was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On February 25, 2015, McKeown's NHL rights were traded by the Kings, along with a conditional first round pick, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Andrej Sekera.[2]

Carolina Hurricanes[edit | edit source]

On April 1, 2015, McKeown was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Hurricanes.[5] McKeown joined the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, on an amateur try-out contract for the final games of the 2014–15 regular season. He made his AHL debut on April 11, getting no points in a 2–0 loss to the Rockford IceHogs. McKeown earned his first career professional point, an assist, the next night, against the IceHogs, in a 4–3 Checkers victory. In four games with Charlotte, McKeown had one assist.

McKeown was assigned to the Charlotte Checkers for the 2016–17 season. He recorded his first AHL goal against Alex Stalock of the Iowa Wild on November 27, in a 5–1 loss. In 71 games with Charlotte, McKeown scored one goal and 11 points, helping the Checkers into the post-season. In five playoff games, McKeown earned three assists, as Charlotte lost to the Chicago Wolves in the first round of the playoffs.

In 2017–18, McKeown saw his first action in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. On November 4, 2017, McKeown appeared in his first game at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, as he was held scoreless in a 2–1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. In his next game, McKeown earned two assists in a 3–1 win over the Florida Panthers. Overall, McKeown appeared in 10 games with Carolina, earning three assists. He spent the majority of the 2017–18 season with Charlotte. In 65 games with the Checkers, McKeown scored seven goals and 23 points. He finished third in the AHL in +/- rating, as he was a +34. On May 12, McKeown scored his first career AHL post-season goal against Alex Lyon of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a 5–1 loss. Overall, in eight playoff games, McKeown scored a goal and two points.

McKeown played the entire 2018–19 season with the Checkers, scoring four goals and 25 points in 70 games. McKeown once again was among the league leaders in +/– rating, finishing in a tie for seventh with a +30 rating. In the post-season, McKeown had three assists in 10 games, as the Checkers won the Calder Cup.

International play[edit | edit source]

McKeown won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.[6]

At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki, McKeown led the Canadian team in plus-minus at +4.[7] Canada reached the quarterfinals, but was eliminated by the host Finland.[8]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 61 7 22 29 33 4 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 11 32 43 61 7 1 3 4 8
2014–15 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 65 7 25 32 57 4 0 1 1 9
2014–15 Charlotte Checkers AHL 4 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 59 7 35 42 49 9 3 9 12 6
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 71 1 10 11 16 5 0 3 3 5
2017–18 Charlotte Checkers AHL 65 7 16 23 36 8 1 1 2 4
2017–18 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 0 3 3 19
2018–19 Charlotte Checkers AHL 70 4 21 25 56 10 0 3 3 0
2019–20 Charlotte Checkers AHL 61 4 20 24 50
NHL totals 10 0 3 3 19

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada Ontario WHC17 6th 5 0 3 3 6
2013 Canada WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 7 0 1 1 0
2013 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon.svg 5 0 1 1 6
2014 Canada WJC18 Bronze medal icon.svg 7 0 1 1 2
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 29 0 6 6 16

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year
First All-Rookie Team 2013 [9]
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2014
Third All-Star Team 2016
Calder Cup (Charlotte Checkers) 2019 [10]
World U18 Championship Gold Medal with Team Canada 2013 [11]

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