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Spirit trade veteran netminder to the Rangers



Tyson Kellerman shown in action with the North Bay Centennials in 2001-2002, his rookie season.

October 9th, 2003

Last season around this time the Rangers were suring up their still relatively young defense DeBoer contacted the Saginaw Spirit about the availability of 4th year defender: George Halkikdis.  Halkidis found his way to Kitchener in exchange for a mid round pick, and the rest is history.  Halkidis panned out to be one of the key components to the Rangers Memorial Cup win.  Only a year later the second year franchise appears to be ready to aid the Rangers in their quest to defend both the OHL championship along with the Memorial Cup championship.  The Storm, who moved to Guelph for the beginning of the '91-'92 season, where they were the OHL's lovable losers that season, have still yet to make a trade with the Rangers since moving to Guelph.

Tyson Kellerman comes to the Rangers for a slightly higher price but with the OHL litterally filled with overage netminders last season along with others who graduated, a goalie returning with experience comes at a premium.  Kellerman cost the Rangers a 3rd round pick, but brings 80 games of OHL experience, 4 of which were started in the postseason many of these games playing as the starter for the North Bay Centennials and Spirit once the team moved to Saginaw.  Tyson Kellerman started the first ever Saginaw Spirit game, Kellerman also stared in an unlikely birth to the playoffs for the North Bay Centennials during their final year of exsistence where they team had to play in a winner take all one game tie-breaker against the Kingston Frontenacs.  The Centennials would triumph after a third period hattrick by: Colt King, backstopped by rookie Tyson Kellerman who was played in tandem with former Storm netminder: Justin Day for most of the season.

During his two complete seasons in the OHL Tyson Kellerman has compiled a less than desirable 14-51-3 record while playing for a fairly sub-par OHL franchise which entering this decade is scratching and clawing for respectability.  Kellerman made three stops in Kitchener last season, pitching a shutout through 30 minutes of the All-Star game, where he and Robert Gherson who was also recently traded shared in a 2-0 OHL victory over the QMJHL.  Kellerman really stood on his head facing 59 shots in a come-from-behind 3-3 tie during his first visit as a member of the Saginaw Spirit last season,  his next visit was a less inspiring 5-1 loss to the Rangers.

Kellerman was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks during the 7th round of the 2002 draft.  The 6'2" netminder didn't waste much time during his rookie season, in stealing the starters job from Justin Day, whom was acquired when the Storm picked up netminder: Andrew Penner.