Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
Goaltender
NUMBER: 29
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
WEIGHT: 185
CATCHES: Left
BIRTHDATE: 03/30/1976
BIRTHPLACE: Anchorage, AK, USA
DRAFTED: undrafted

Ty Conklin was born on March 30, 1976. Following four years with University of New Hampshire Wildcats he signed his first professional contract with the Edmonton Oilers in 2001.

In Edmonton, Conklin was a part of the Oilers surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, appearing in only the first game of the champioship series. A blunder between Conklin and teammate Jason Smith caused the game-winning goal and Edmonton head coach subsequently decided to start Jussi Markkanen for the remainder of the series. Conklin would not appear again the Oiler net.

On Juky 6, 2006, Conklin inked a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he would split time between the NHL and the AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

On February 27, 2007, the goaltender would be packing up his pads again. This time he was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a fifth round draft pick.

The trend continued for Conklin on July 19, 2007. He found himself again a free agent and this time signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Penguins he would come within a hair of winning the Stanley Cup before eventually losing to the Detroit Red Wings.

The following summer Conklin attempted to reverse his fortunes, He signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings, but sadly, the story would end similarly for Conklin when he found himself on the losing end of the Stanley Cup final for the second year in a row.

On July 1, 2009, Conklin signed on with the St. Louis Blues.

Conklin played in the NHL's outdoor classic on three occaisions, the most of any player. He was the goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in 2003. He was in the net for the Pittsburgh Penguins for their shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres in 2008 and he was tending goal for the Detroit Red Wings for their victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame