Daneyko in 2011
April 17, 1964|
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||New Jersey Devils|
18th overall, 1982|
New Jersey Devils
Kenneth Stephen Daneyko (born April 17, 1964) is a Canadian-American former professional ice hockey defenceman who played his entire career (1983-2003) with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, winning three Stanley Cup championships with the team. He has been nicknamed "Mr. Devil" by Devils fans, as he currently holds the franchise record for games played as a Devil with 1,283 games. Daneyko now provides colour analysis alongside Steve Cangialosi during broadcasts of Devils games on MSG Plus.
Daneyko was drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, the second pick of the New Jersey Devils after the franchise relocated from Colorado; when he was drafted the organization had not yet chosen a new team name. He spent several seasons in junior before getting drafted, and played for the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, as well as the Great Falls Americans, Spokane Flyers and Seattle Breakers of the Western Hockey League. He was called up to the Devils for the start of the 1983-84 season, but cracked his fibula during a game against the Hartford Whalers and missed over 40 games. After his injury healed, he was assigned to the Kamloops Junior Oilers of the WHL for the remainder of the season.
Upon his arrival in the NHL, Daneyko established himself as a stay-at-home defenceman, and soon won fans over with his gritty and self-sacrificing play. Daneyko was also known for his missing front teeth, lost after he was hit in the mouth by a puck. His gap-toothed smile was well known not only by Devils supporters, but by hockey fans around the world. As a player who had spent all of his NHL career with New Jersey, Daneyko was nicknamed "Mr. Devil". He is also referred to by the nickname "Dano".
Daneyko acquired over 2,200 penalty minutes in his career, finishing a season with over 200 penalty minutes five times. Daneyko was never a high-scoring defenceman, and set a record by playing in 255 consecutive regular-season games without scoring a goal. In his highest-scoring season, 1989-90, he scored six goals and 15 assists en route to a 21-point season. In six seasons he scored no goals at all. He also has the lowest point per game average among all NHL players who played at least 1,000 games with 0.138. However, Daneyko's effectiveness was not measured by how many pucks he put in the net, but by how many pucks he kept out. Daneyko was used primarily as a shadow defenceman, and often got physical in front of the net if a forward parked himself in the crease looking for a rebound.
In the late 1990s, Daneyko struggled with alcoholism while general manager Lou Lamoriello and Devils owner John McMullen stood by him and checked him into rehab. Daneyko recovered and played every game of New Jersey's successful 2000 playoffs, winning the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2000.
Along with Scott Stevens, he was part of a tough Devils defensive core that won the Stanley Cup three times, in 1994-95, 1999-2000 and 2002-03. From the team's first playoff game while in New Jersey, in 1988, Daneyko played in every playoff game until game four of the 2003 quarterfinals. He also was scratched in the first six games of the 2003 finals, but, looking for a spark, coach Pat Burns inserted Daneyko into the lineup for game seven, replacing Oleg Tverdovsky. As a reward to his devotion of the team, and a hint of his impending retirement, Daneyko took the ice for the final shift of the Devils' game seven victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which clinched their third Stanley Cup victory, in 2003.
Daneyko currently provides his colour commentary on Devils' broadcasts on MSG Plus. Prior to this, he shared commentary and analysis between periods of Devils' broadcasts and was a regular starring analyst on MSG's "Hockey Night Live!" with host Al Trautwig and fellow commentators Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, Mike Keenan, and Butch Goring, as well as "The Hockey Maven" Stan Fischler.
|1979-80||Great Falls Americans||WHL||1||0||0||0||0||--||--||--||--||--|
|1980-81||St. Albert Saints||AJHL||1||0||0||0||4||--||--||--||--||--|
|1981-82||St. Albert Saints||AJHL||1||0||2||2||2||--||--||--||--||--|
|1983-84||Kamloops Junior Oilers||WHL||19||6||28||34||52||17||4||9||13||28|
|1983-84||New Jersey Devils||NHL||11||1||4||5||17||--||--||--||--||--|
|1983-84||Kamloops Junior Oilers||MC||--||--||--||--||--||4||2||2||4||10|
|1984-85||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||0||0||0||10||--||--||--||--||--|
|1985-86||New Jersey Devils||NHL||44||0||10||10||100||--||--||--||--||--|
|1986-87||New Jersey Devils||NHL||79||2||12||14||183||--||--||--||--||--|
|1987-88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||5||7||12||239||20||1||6||7||83|
|1988-89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||5||5||10||283||--||--||--||--||--|
|1989-90||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||6||15||21||216||6||2||0||2||21|
|1990-91||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||4||16||20||249||7||0||1||1||10|
|1991-92||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||1||7||8||170||7||0||3||3||16|
|1992-93||New Jersey Devils||NHL||84||2||11||13||236||5||0||0||0||8|
|1993-94||New Jersey Devils||NHL||78||1||9||10||176||20||0||1||1||45|
|1994-95||New Jersey Devils||NHL||25||1||2||3||54||20||1||0||1||22|
|1995-96||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||2||4||6||115||--||--||--||--||--|
|1996-97||New Jersey Devils||NHL||77||2||7||9||70||10||0||0||0||28|
|1997-98||New Jersey Devils||NHL||37||0||1||1||57||6||0||1||1||10|
|1998-99||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||2||9||11||63||7||0||0||0||8|
|1999-2000||New Jersey Devils||NHL||78||0||6||6||98||23||1||2||3||14|
|2000-01||New Jersey Devils||NHL||77||0||4||4||87||25||0||3||3||21|
|2001-02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||67||0||6||6||60||6||0||0||0||8|
|2002-03||New Jersey Devils||NHL||69||2||7||9||33||13||0||0||0||2|
Daneyko was a resident of North Caldwell, New Jersey. He currently lives with his second wife Margaret. Daneyko was previously married to JonnaLyn Robinson from 1992 to 2006. The couple had a daughter and a son.