April 9, 1973 |
Hibbing, MN, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||152nd overall, 1991
Los Angeles Kings
Fairchild was drafted to the NHL in 1991 by the Los Angeles Kings in the 7th round, 152nd overall. He attended Grand Rapids High School and was a standout play-maker before committing to a collegiate career with the University of Wisconsin in 1991. In 1993–94, his junior year with the Badgers, Kelly led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in scoring with 64 points and was named to the WCHA's First All-Star Team and finished as a runner up in the Hobey Baker Award.
Prior to his first professional season, Fairchild was traded by the Kings, along with Dixon Ward, Guy Leveque and Shane Toporowski, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Eric Lacroix, Chris Snell and fourth round pick (Eric Belanger) on October 3, 1994. After two seasons with the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, St. John's he made his NHL debut appearing in a single game and recording an assist in the 1995–96 season. Over the next couple of seasons, Kelly played in 22 further games with the Maple Leafs, but ultimately assigned to minor league affiliates.
On July 2, 1998, Fairchild signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars. Despite contributing largely to the offense of the Michigan K-Wings, he was only able to make a lone Star appearance in 1998–99. Looked upon as an established minor-league veteran, Fairchild was then signed by the Colorado Avalanche in 2000. Fairchild was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, for the most part of two seasons but played in 10 Avalanche games and scoring his first 2, and only, goals in the 2001–02 season.
After totaling just 34 NHL games, Kelly left North America when he signed with Eisbären Berlin of the German DEL in 2002. After a prolific first season in the DEL with Berlin, Fairchild was unexpectedly chosen to the United States team to participate in the 2003 World Championships in Finland. As an understrength team, Fairchild scored in the upset loss to Denmark. Fairchild finished with 5 goals in 6 games as Team USA finished a disappointing 13th out of 16 teams. Fairchild was then a part of two championships with Berlin in 2005 and 2006 before leaving in 2007 to join the Vienna Capitals in the Austrian Hockey League.
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA First Team||1993–94|
Regular season and playoffs
|1991–92||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||41||11||10||21||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||42||25||29||54||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||42||20||44||64||81||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||53||27||23||50||51||4||0||2||2||4|
|1995–96||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||78||29||49||78||85||2||0||1||1||4|
|1995–96||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||1||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||29||9||22||31||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||22||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||25||9||6||15||20||9||6||5||11||16|
|1997–98||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||22||2||6||8||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||17||5||2||7||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Nippon Paper Cranes||ALH||20||9||14||23||52||—||—||—||—||—|
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