NEW YORK – Former Harvard standout Alex Killorn made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut Sunday as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, skating at the World's Most Famous Arena - Madison Square Garden - in a game against the New York Rangers. Tampa Bay dropped a 5-1 decison to the Rangers.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Killorn was recalled by the Lightning Saturday. Donning jersey No. 17, Killorn competed in 20 shifts, comprising 13 minutes, 17 seconds of ice time. He assisted on only goal by the Lightning - a score by Vincent Lecavalier. Killorn registered two shots on goal.
“I think I got the jitters out of the way in the first period,” Killorn said. “I felt a lot better in the second.”
Killorn has skated in 44 games with the Syracuse Crunch (American Hockey League) this season, recording 16 goals and 38 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound forward ranks third in the AHL for rookie scoring with 38 points. Killorn ranks tied for second on the Crunch for assists with 22 and is tied for the team lead with seven power play goals. He ranks first on the Crunch and third in the AHL with 166 shots on goal this season.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native appeared in 130 career games with Harvard prior to joining the professional ranks, recording 53 goals and 109 points over four years from 2008 through 2012. He was the first player in Harvard history to notch 50 career goals at the school since 2004. Killorn joined the Norfolk Admirals at the end of last season and helped them to the Calder Cup Championship.