September 9, 1986 |
Milton, MA, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Arizona Coyotes|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||105th overall, 2005
Keith Yandle (born September 9, 1986) is an American ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes. Yandle was born in Milton, Massachusetts, but grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.
Yandle played both goalie and defense as a child until about 12 when he settled on becoming a defenseman. He attended Cushing Academy where he was close friends with Chris Bourque, and was slated to attend the University of New Hampshire where his brother Brian played from 2002–06. However, Yandle decided to forgo his college eligibility and instead decided to play for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Playing in 66 games in 2005–06, he tallied 25 goals and 59 assists for 84 points. The Wildcats won the QMJHL championship and Yandle took home the league's Emile Bouchard Trophy (best defenseman) and Telus Trophy (defensive player of the year).
In his first playoff game on April 14, 2010, Yandle scored the first goal for the Coyotes against the Red Wings to tie the game at 1-1. He would later add an assist and be named one of the game's three stars.
Shortly after free agency began on July 1, 2011, Yandle signed a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes worth $26.25 million.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||69||6||27||33||97||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||30||1||14||15||80||5||0||0||0||8|
- 2011 NHL All-Star Game
- 2012 NHL All-Star Game
- "Schneider leads barrage of nine goals for Red Wings". CBS Sports. 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
- "Coyotes take opener vs Red Wings in first playoff game since 2002". CBS Sports. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
- "Yandle will get to strut stuff on All-Star stage". National Hockey League. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- "All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle signs 5-year, $26.25 million deal to remain with Phoenix Coyotes". AZCentral.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2012.