Keith Aldridge

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Keith Aldridge
Born (1973-07-20) July 20, 1973 (age 40)
Detroit, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Dallas Stars
Playing career 1996–2005
For the English cricketer Keith John Aldridge, see John Aldridge (cricketer).

Keith Aldridge (born July 20, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played four games in the National Hockey League with the Dallas Stars in the 1999–2000 season.

College career[edit]

Aldridge played junior hockey with the Rochester Mustangs of the United States Hockey League in 1991-92, where he was named to the USHL First All-Star Team.

Aldridge played college hockey for Lake Superior State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and was voted the CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman in 1995-96. He was a member of the Lakers' NCAA National Championship team in 1993-94, and was also named to the All-Star Tournament First Team. Aldridge was also named Second Team CCHA in 1994, First Team CCHA in 1995 and 1996, NCAA West Second All-American Team in 1995, and NCAA West First All-American Team in 1996.[1][2]

Aldridge was a finalist for the 1996 Hobey Baker Award that went to Brian Bonin of Minnesota.

Pro career[edit]

Aldridge was not selected in the NHL Entry Draft out of college, but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League in 1996.

In 1997, Aldridge signed with his hometown Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League, where he was named an IHL All Star in 1998-99. His impressive play led to professional contract with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League in 1999. Although most of his season was spent in the IHL with the affiliate Kalamazoo Wings, he did play 4 games with the Stars. He spent the 2000-01 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL. From 2001-2004, Aldridge played overseas for the Frankfurt Lions and Berlin Polar Bears.

Aldridge signed with the New York Islanders in 2004, a move that reunited him with his college head coach Jeff Jackson, who had recently joined the Islanders staff as an assistant coach. Aldridge could not crack the NHL lineup, and he concluded his playing career in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2005.

Post playing career[edit]

Aldridge currently serves as Vice President and General Manager of Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. His father, Stan Aldridge, had purchased the club in 1981. Aldridge worked at the facility through his youth before joining the organization full-time at the conclusion of his hockey career.[3][4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Lake Superior State NCAA 37 3 11 14 - 30 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Lake Superior State NCAA 45 10 24 34 - 86 -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 Lake Superior State NCAA 40 10 31 41 - 89 -- -- -- -- --
1995–96 Lake Superior State NCAA 38 14 36 50 - 88 -- -- -- -- --
1995–96 Baltimore Bandits AHL 7 0 2 2 2 4 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 51 4 9 13 92 0 3 0 0 0 4
1997–98 Detroit Vipers IHL 79 13 21 34 89 10 23 1 9 10 67
1998–99 Detroit Vipers IHL 66 15 28 43 130 30 11 2 7 9 49
1999–00 Michigan K-Wings IHL 55 2 10 12 55 -14 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 4 0 0 0 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 36 3 8 11 99 10 10 0 2 2 8
2000–01 Frankfurt Lions DEL 39 9 12 21 141 -1 -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 48 7 15 22 159 -3 4 0 2 2 4
2002–03 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 50 12 23 35 99 21 9 0 2 2 22
2003–04 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 48 8 13 21 84 6 11 1 7 8 20
2004–05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 32 1 9 10 35 6 -- -- -- -- --

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 1993-94
All-CCHA First Team 1994-95
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1994–95
All-CCHA First Team 1995-96
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1995–96

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kelly Perrault
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
1995–96
Succeeded by
Andy Roach