BUFFALO – Tom McCollum’s career was heading down the minor-league journeyman’s path, going nowhere fast.
Three years into professional hockey, the goalie was still shuttling between the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins and the ECHL Toledo Walleye. After his fourth season, the Detroit Red Wings declined to give him a two-way contract.
Instead, Detroit offered McCollum, the 30th pick in 2008, an AHL deal prior to the 2013-14 campaign. The Cambria native wasn’t even eligible for an NHL recall.
That made Sunday’s 46-minute relief …