CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Monsters, announced Tuesday that veteran defenseman Keith Aulie signed a 25-game professional tryout contract (PTO) with Cleveland. A participant in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2016 training camp, Aulie appeared in two preseason games for Columbus this year, posting two penalty minutes and a -1 rating.
Last season, Aulie supplied 1-0-1 with 11 penalty minutes and a -6 rating in seven appearances for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and logged 1-4-5 with 12 penalty minutes and a +3 rating in 23 appearances for HIFK in Finland’s Liiga, helping his club claim Liiga’s Silver Medal.
A 6’6”, 223 lb. left-handed native of Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Aulie, 27, was selected in the fourth round (116th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and posted 4-10-14 with 196 penalty minutes and a -13 rating in 167 career NHL appearances for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers spanning parts of five seasons from 2010-15.
In 145 career AHL games played for the Abbotsford Heat, Toronto Marlies, Norfolk Admirals, Syracuse Crunch, Oklahoma City Barons and Springfield, Aulie registered 9-17-26 with 174 penalty minutes and a -8 rating spanning parts of six seasons from 2009-15. A 2010-11 AHL All-Star, Aulie helped Norfolk claim the 2012 Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
Prior to his professional career, Aulie contributed 12-49-61 with 278 penalty minutes and a +15 rating in 234 WHL appearances for the Brandon Wheat Kings spanning four seasons from 2005-09 and served as Brandon’s captain during the 2008-09 season. Additionally, Aulie helped Team Canada claim the Gold Medal at the 2009 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships.
Eighth-year pro appeared in 167 NHL games for Toronto, Tampa Bay and Edmonton.
NEO Sports Insiders Newsletter
Sign up to receive our NEOSI newsletter, and keep up to date with all the latest Cleveland sports news.
- Cavaliers Free Agent Tristian Thompson Heading to Boston; Inks with Celtics for $19 Million for Two Years on
- Cleveland Browns: 15 Greatest Moments In History on
- LeBron James officially signs contract with Lakers on
- HS Football Title Game: Van Wert Rallies To Beat Lake Catholic 31-28, Win Division IV Championship on
- HS Football Playoffs: Archbishop Hoban Topples Avon 28-14, Setting Up A Huge Championship Clash With Massillon on