Tom brings a wealth of goaltending knowledge to KIIH. The Buffalo, NY native recently retired from a professional playing career that lasted 12 seasons. An 8th round Draft selection of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993, Tom played four seasons in the Central College Hockey Association as a member of The Ohio State Buckeyes. While at OSU, Tom had the experience of working under the tutelage of a former NHL goaltender, Bill McKenzie. After his time in Columbus, Askey signed his first professional contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
While with the Ducks organization, Tom had the privilege of working with one the hockey world’s most successful goaltending consultants, Francois Allaire. Under Allaire’s guidance, Askey would realize his dream of playing in the NHL as he spent time with the Ducks in 1998 and again during the Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings in 1999. Askey would go on to spend a total of four seasons with season in the ducks system having stints with affiliates in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston and Kansas City.
In 2000, Tom had the opportunity to sign with the NHL team he grew up watching, the Buffalo Sabres. He spent five years exclusively with their American League affiliate in Rochester, NY. During that time, Tom would once again have the privilege of working alongside a premier goaltending guru, Jim Corsi. In addition to his playing duties, Tom took the coveted role of being a mentor to many of the Sabres’ prospects playing for the Americans. Among those was current NHL star net-minder Ryan Miller whom Tom worked with for three seasons.
Tom spent the last three years of his career playing in Europe with stops in the Finland, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. During the 2006-2007 season, Tom stayed states-side and played for the Kalamazoo Wings. Upon his retirement last April, Tom returned to his alma mater and spent the 2008-2009 season finishing his degree at The Ohio State University. While in Columbus, Tom acted as a goaltending consultant for the Buckeye’s hockey program.
Tom currently resides in Kalamazoo with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Zoe (5) and Oliver (4).