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Defenceman Aulie to the rescue

Saturday, 23.06.2007 / 1:47 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
Keith Aulie likes to look after his own end when he plays hockey. He's also been known to save a life.

The defenceman, drafted 116th overall Saturday by the Calgary Flames at the 2007 Entry Draft, received the Rescue Commendation and the Red Cross Rescuer Award for saving his father's life in December, 2005, when he fell through the ice at their home in Rouleau, Sask.
The Skinny on Keith Aulie

Notes and anecdotes on Keith Aulie, the Calgary Flames 116th pick overall  at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Born: Regina, SK.,  June 8, 1989
Height: 6 ' 6"
Weight: 208

Stats
Sea Team League GP G A P PIM
06/07 Brandon WHL 66 1 8 9 82
Notes:
A member of Team West at the 2006 Under-17 World Junior A Challenge...Attended Team Canada Under 18 selection camp in 2006...Was Brnadon's first pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft and one of two 16-year-olds to play for Brandon in 2005-06...Was ranked 108 by Central Scouting among North American skaters
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With Aulie home for a little break from playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, the pair decided to clear the snow off the water dugout on the property so they could go for skate later in the day when Aulie's billets from the Wheat Kings arrived.

Aulie's father jumped in the tractor and began clearing the snow, only to have the ice break and the tractor fall through the ice into 12 feet of water.

"It made just a big enough hole for the tractor to fall through. There was no room for dad to get out. I thought about jumping in but there really wasn't room," recalled Aulie.

With some quick thinking and working together, he was able to pull his father out of the water. It was a scary time to be sure.

On Saturday, though, it was nothing but smiles all around for the Aulie family.

"I'm ecstatic," said Aulie, on his way to a wedding in Roleau just moments after learning he had been chosen by the Flames. "I kinda expected to get drafted but you don't know where or what team. This is just great. It's my goal and my dream to someday play in that league."

Aulie, at 6'6" and 208 pounds, is an imposing figure on the blueline.

"I like to think I can shut down the top players on the other team. I like to play tough in my own zone," he said.

He has just completed his second season with the Wheat Kings, where he received the scholastic player of the year award for Brandon and said he patterns his game after that of St. Louis Blue Eric Brewer.

The Flames also drafted centre Mickey Renaud from the Windsor Spitfires (OHL)  with the 143rd pick and C.J. Servryn, a forward from Beaver, Penn., who is with the US development program with the 186th pick.

Renaud is a hard-nosed centre who plays for former Flame defenceman Bob Boughner in Windsor.

"I'm a pretty competitive guy. I give you an honest effort every game," said Renaud, a 6'2" 217-pound centre. "It's great having Bob as a coach because he has been there. He knows what he is talking about and it has really helped me."

He had 54 points, including 22 goals, in 68 games with the Spitfires.

Severyn, playing with the U.S. National Under 18 Program, had six goals and 16 points in 48 games. The 6' 185-pound Severyn also added 50 penalty minutes. He is slated to attend Ohio State University to further his hockey development.