May 2, 1987 |
Caroline, AB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||67th overall, 2005
Columbus Blue Jackets
Kris Russell (born May 2, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has a twin brother named Ryan who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Russell was drafted in the 3rd round, 67th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After playing an additional highly decorated two seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Russell made his NHL debut with Columbus during the 2007–08 season, scoring two goals while appearing in 67 games. Both goals were scored, including his first NHL goal, on January 22, 2008 against Mike Smith of the Dallas Stars.
He appeared in 66 games the following season and also appeared in all four games of Columbus' first ever playoff appearance against the Detroit Red Wings, who won the series in a sweep. Russell scored a goal during the deciding Game 4.
In the 2011–12 season, Russell struggled for form and early injury and was traded to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Nikita Nikitin on November 10, 2011. Re-juvenated from the trade, Russell made an immediate impact with the league leading Blues, establishing a regular role among the blueline.
With the 2012–13 NHL lockout canceling the start to the season proper, Russell signed a lockout contract with TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga on September 26, 2012. In suffering a knee injury in only his second game, Russell returned to North America for rehab. After recovering from a slight MCL sprain, Russell re-joined TPS on October 16 and throughout the duration of the lockout scored 14 points in 15 games.
Russell was traded by the Blues to the Calgary Flames on July 5, 2013 in exchange for a 2014 5th round draft pick.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||55||4||15||19||30||20||3||2||5||4|
|2004–05||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||72||26||35||61||37||10||2||1||3||4|
|2005–06||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||55||14||33||47||18||13||4||8||12||11|
|2006–07||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||59||32||37||69||56||23||4||15||19||24|
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||67||2||8||10||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||66||2||19||21||28||4||1||1||2||2|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||70||7||15||22||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||73||5||18||23||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||12||2||1||3||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||43||4||5||9||12||9||0||3||3||5|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||33||1||6||7||9||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Canada|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||18||6||9||15||4|
|Senior int'l totals||11||1||6||7||4|
Awards and honours
|East Second All-Star Team||2005|
|Brad Hornung Trophy||2005, 2006|
|East First All-Star Team||2006, 2007|
|Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy||2006, 2007|
|CHL Sportsman of the Year||2006|
|Four Broncos Memorial Trophy||2007|
|CHL Defenceman of the Year||2007|
- "Blue Jackets 4, Stars 2". National Hockey League. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
- "Blue Jackets trade Russell for Nikitin". St. Louis Blues. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
- "NHL Defenseman Kris Russell to TPS" (in Finnish). TPS. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
- "Blues Russell returns to Finland after injury rehab". NBC Sports. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Flames sign Goaltender Ramo, trade for Russell". Calgary Herald. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- Kris Russell's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Kris Russell's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the CHL Defenceman of the Year
|Winner of the CHL Sportsman of the Year
|Winner of the WHL Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
|Winner of the WHL Brad Hornung Trophy
|Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy