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For many, the journey into the NHL is one that takes many years and many miles under their skates. North Bay, Ontario Native Ken Appleby is no exception.
Name: Ken (Kenny) Appleby
Birthplace: North Bay, Ontario
Height: 6 Feet 4 Inches
Weight: 209 Pounds
OHL Draft: Oshawa Generals 2nd Round, 35th Overall (2011)
NHL Draft: Free Agent Signing, New Jersey Devils (2015)
Starting in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals in 2012-2013, he was the backup to current team veteran Daniel Altshuller. His first career OHL win came against the Kingston Frontenacs on January 19th, 2013. In the game, Appleby made 15 saves on 16 shots against for a .938 save percentage and 1 goal against, for a 6-1 victory. 24 hours later, Appleby put on another positive showing with a 4-1 win, making 25 saves for a .960 save percentage on the evening. Appleby’s next milestone came on January 22nd, 2014 when he shutout the Belleville Bulls, making all 32 saves. In 2014, Appleby finished with three shutouts. His career in the OHL finished just the way that any goalie would want it to, with both an OHL and CHL championship under his belt. Appleby was able to own his own highlight reel of saves in the 2015 Memorial Cup final game against the Kelowna Rockets, where he made 37/38 saves, including numerous 10-bell saves in the dying minutes of the game.
6-4-0-2 (18 appearances) 2.70 GAA, 0.886 sv%, 34 GA
11-7-0-3 (24 appearances) 2.48 GAA, 0.920 sv%, 51 GA, 3 SO
Regular Season: 38-7-0-4 (50 appearances) 2.04 GAA, 0.924 sv%, 102 GA, 6 SO
Playoffs: 16-4-1-0 (21 appearances) 2.24 GAA, 0.922 sv%, 47 GA, 2 S0
Memorial Cup: 4-0 (4 appearances) 2.08 GAA, 0.915 sv%, 9 GA
Ken Appleby made his pro-hockey debut with the Adirondack Thunder on October 16th, 2015, with a win over the Elmira Jackals. Less than a month after his first career pro victory, Appleby was able to reach another milestone with his first professional shutout. On November 7th, 2015, Appleby made 31 saves for a 1-0 victory. He would finish his first year in the ECHL with three shutouts, accomplishing the feat again on December 3rd in Brampton (29 saves) and on January 16th against Reading (36 saves). Ken played one full season in the ECHL, before being
called up to the Albany Devils during the beginning of his 2nd season in Adirondack. While his time with Adirondack was limited, he was quickly loved by the Thunder fans, as he was in Oshawa. As of March 27th, Ken was returned to the Adirondack Thunder after a short stint with the BinghamtonDevils.
Regular Season: 17-9-1-1 (29 appearances) 2.24 GAA, 0.924 sv%, 64 GA, 3 SO
Playoffs: 7-4-01 (13 appearances) 2.31 GAA, 0.920 sv%, 29 GA, 1 SO
4-1-0-1 (6 appearances) 1.98 GAA, 0.915 sv%, 12 GA, 1 SO
Appleby played parts of 3 seasons with the Albany/Binghamton Devils. Ken made his AHL debut on January 30th, 2016 following a call-up after stellar numbers with the ECHL Thunder. His first win would come 2 weeks later against the Rochester Americans on February 13th. Amazingly, his first AHL win was also his first AHL shutout, stopping all 26 shots he faced.
3-3-2 (8 appearances) 2.59 GAA, 0.904 sv%, 21 GA, 1 SO
Regular Season: 17-14-1-0 (32 appearances) 2.63 GAA, 0.903 sv%, 84 GA
Playoffs: 0-0-0-0 (33 minutes played) 3.61 GAA, 0.800 sv%, 2 GA
9-12-0-1 (24 appearances) 2.78 GAA, 0.898 sv%, 64 GA, 2 SO
The beneficiary of numerous injuries to the goaltending tandem of Corey Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, Appleby was called up to the New Jersey Devils to make his NHL debut on January 20th, 2018 in relief. Playing against the Philidelphia Flyers, he stopped all 24 shots he faced in just over 46 minutes of ice time. His only NHL start came on January 25th against the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators. Appleby stopped 24/27 shots and wound up with the loss. With the Devils on the march to the postseason, at the deadline improved their injured goaltending situation by adding Eddie Lack. This resulted in Ken being sent back down to the AHL Devils.
0-1-0-0 (3 appearances), 1.45 GAA, 0.945 sv%, 3 GAA, 125 minutes played
While putting a lot of mileage on his young 22-year old body, Appleby is living the life of a professional hockey goaltender. Seeing him play personally, and seeing his play translate at every level, it is only a matter of time before Ken Appleby becomes an everyday NHL goaltender.