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Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein - New York Rangers.jpg
Klein as a Ranger in October 2014.
Born (1984-12-13) December 13, 1984 (age 36)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Nashville Predators
Herlev Eagles
New York Rangers
ZSC Lions
NHL Draft 37th overall, 2003
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2004–2019

Kevin R. Klein (born December 13, 1984) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman who played for the New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the second round, 37th overall, by the Nashville Predators at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He completed his 15 year career playing two seasons as an alternate captain of the ZSC Lions of the National League (NL).

Playing career

Klein as a Predator.

Klein was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 37th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played four years of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), three with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and one with the Guelph Storm. Following junior hockey, he played the majority of the next three seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

During the 2006-07 season on January 26, 2007, Klein scored his first career NHL goal, which came against the Chicago Blackhawks.

On July 16, 2008, Klein signed a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension with the Predators.[1] He played a total 63 games with the Predators in the 2008-09 season.

In the following season, 2009-10, Klein played his first full season with the Predators, recording two goals and 16 assists for 18 points in 81 games.

In September 2012, Nashville signed Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million contract extension.[2] He responded by scoring three goals and handing out 11 assists for 14 points in 47 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

On January 22, 2014, Klein was traded by the Predators to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto.[3]

On December 9, 2014, Klein lost part of his left ear on a high stick in the first period of a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had it stitched back on, came back to play, and scored the game-winning goal in overtime.[4]

In the 2016-17 season, Klein suffered from back spasms and remained a healthy scratch by New York for most of the teams post-season run.[5] In the offseason, on July 7, at the age of 32, Klein forfeited nearly $3 million in salary from the final one year left on his contract with the Rangers in announcing his retirement from the NHL.[5]

Having expressed desire in continuing his career abroad, on July 14, 2017, Klein signed a one-year contract with the ZSC Lions of the National League (NL).[6] He made his NL debut on September 8, 2017, against the SCL Tigers at the Ilfis Stadium and scored his first goal that same day, an OT game-winning goal. After being crowned Swiss champion in April 2018, Klein signed a one-year contract extension with the Lions on May 23, 2018.

Following his second season with the Lions, enduring a disappointing 2018-19 for ZSC in failing to qualify for the post-season, Klein announced his retirement from his professional career on March 25, 2019.[7]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 Kitchener Jr. Rangers AAA Bantam 54 12 29 41 40 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 58 3 16 19 21 18 0 5 5 17
2001-02 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 68 5 22 27 35 15 2 7 9 12
2002-03 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 67 11 33 44 88 17 1 9 10 8
2003-04 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 5 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Guelph Storm OHL 46 6 23 29 40 22 10 11 21 12
2004-05 Rockford Icehogs UHL 3 2 1 3 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 65 4 12 16 22 7 0 0 0 11
2005-06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 76 10 32 42 31 21 3 7 10 31
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 70 5 15 20 67 4 1 0 1 0
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 3 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 9 0 3 3 2 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL 13 0 2 2 6 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 63 4 8 12 19 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 81 1 10 11 27 6 0 2 2 4
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 81 2 16 18 24 12 1 2 3 6
2011-12 Nashville Predators NHL 66 4 17 21 4 10 2 2 4 2
2012-13 Herlev Eagles DNK 8 1 2 3 29 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Nashville Predators NHL 47 3 11 14 9 -- -- -- -- --
2013-14 Nashville Predators NHL 47 1 2 3 21 -- -- -- -- --
2013-14 New York Rangers NHL 30 1 5 6 0 25 1 3 4 6
2014-15 New York Rangers NHL 65 9 17 26 25 14 0 4 4 2
2015-16 New York Rangers NHL 69 9 17 26 19 5 0 1 1 7
2016-17 New York Rangers NHL 60 3 11 14 31 1 0 1 1 0
2017-18 ZSC Lions NL 45 10 12 22 60 17 3 9 12 16
2018-19 ZSC Lions NL 47 10 14 24 16 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 627 38 116 154 185 73 4 15 19 27

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada Ontario U17 4 0 0 0 6
2004 Canada WJC 6 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 10 0 0 0 6

References

  1. ^ "Predators re-sign Klein to 2-year deal". nhl.com. 2008-07-16. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Predators sign Klein to 5-year contract". National Hockey League. 2012-09-16. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Michael Del Zotto traded to Predators, Kevin Klein to Rangers". CBS Sports. 2014-01-22. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Klein loses part of his ear, wins game in OT". ESPN. 2014-12-09. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b "Rangers defenceman Kevin Klein announces retirement". Rogers Communications. July 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "From New York to Zurich - ZSC Lions sign defenseman Kevin Klein". swisshockeynews.ch. July 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "ZSC transfers". ZSC Lions (in German). 2019-03-25. Retrieved .

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