Danny DeKeyser

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Danny DeKeyser
Born (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 (age 24)
Macomb, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Daniel Christopher DeKeyser (born March 7, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

DeKeyser grew up playing minor hockey in the Detroit area and played his Midget U18 hockey with the Compuware AAA program from 2006–2008 before signing with the Trail Smoke Eaters Jr.A. of the BCHL in Canada.

DeKeyser committed to play ice hockey for the Western Michigan Broncos after playing for the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers in the 2009–10 season. With the Broncos, DeKeyser racked up 49 career points on 12 goals and 37 assists. He was named a Second Team All-American in his sophomore and junior years as well as the CCHA's Best Defensive defenseman in consecutive seasons.[1]

After three years with Western Michigan, DeKeyser was being pursued by multiple teams around the NHL. Eventually, he decided to play for his hometown team and signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on March 29, 2013.[2] He began playing for Detroit one week later, and recorded his first NHL point against Nashville on April 14, 2013, assisting on a Henrik Zetterberg goal.

On November 4, 2013, DeKeyser scored his first career NHL goal in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.[3]

International play[edit]

DeKeyser represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he finished the tournament with two assists in eight games.

Personal life[edit]

DeKeyser, a native of Macomb, Michigan, is the son of Michael and Linda DeKeyser. He was a communications major at Western Michigan and graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Detroit Compuware MWEHL 25 1 13 14 26 4 1 1 2 9
2008–09 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 58 8 17 25 12 3 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 41 1 10 11 12
2010–11 Western Michigan University CCHA 42 5 12 17 43
2011–12 Western Michigan University CCHA 41 5 12 17 42
2012–13 Western Michigan University CCHA 35 2 13 15 22
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 6 0 1 1 8
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 4 19 23 30 5 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 76 4 20 39 6 7 0 0 0 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States WC 6th 8 0 2 2 16
Senior totals 8 0 2 2 16

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2010-11
All-CCHA Second Team 2011-12
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2011–12
All-CCHA First Team 2012–13
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2012–13
  • Named "Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year" in 2014 by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danny DeKeyser Bio". Western Michigan Athletics. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Red Wings land Danny DeKeyser". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ DeKeyser won't forget his first pro goal NHL.com, November 6, 2013
  4. ^ "Danny DeKeyser Bio". Western Michigan Athletics. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Danny DeKeyser named Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association NHL.com, June 11, 2014

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Lorenz
CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
2011–12
2012–13
Succeeded by
Award discontinued