Killorn capped the best season of his NHL career in 2019-20 by helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2004. He scored five goals and 10 points in 25 postseason games, including one goal and one assist in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and raised outside of Montreal, Killorn was selected in the third round (No. 77) by Tampa Bay in the 2007 NHL Draft, but had committed to attend Harvard University starting in the fall of 2009.
As a senior, the forward was named to the All-ECAC first team, earned American Hockey Coaches Association East First-Team All-America honors with a 23-goal, 46-point season and led the Crimson to the ECAC championship game.
Killorn signed with Tampa Bay in 2012 at the end of his college career and joined Norfolk of the American Hockey League. When he arrived, Norfolk was in the midst of a record 28-game winning streak to close out the regular season. Killorn appeared in the final 10 regular-season games and was a mainstay in the lineup throughout the playoffs, contributing three goals and 12 points in 17 playoff games to help Norfolk win the Calder Cup.
By the latter part of 2012-13, Killorn was with the Lightning after spending the first half of the season in the AHL under coach Jon Cooper. After Cooper was promoted to Tampa Bay to replace Guy Boucher, Killorn scored the tying goal in the final minute in Cooper’s NHL debut on March 29, 2013, a 5-4 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils.
Killorn settled in as a middle-six forward in 2013-14, and for the next six seasons scored 14 to 19 goals and finished with anywhere from 36 to 47 points He missed just 13 games during those six seasons. In 2019-20, Killorn’s shooting percentage rocketed from 11.8 in 2018-19 to 20 percent, and he finished with NHL career highs in goals (26) and points (49) in 68 games. He also had career highs in power-play goals (eight) and game-winners (seven).
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