August 12, 1986 |
Lethbridge, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
Robert Klinkhammer (born August 12, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Klinkhammer is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Klinkhammer was previously in the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Arizona Coyotes organizations and made his NHL debut in 2010 with the Blackhawks.
He began his final season in the junior ranks of the Western Hockey League with the Seattle Thunderbirds and played in one game before moving to finish his junior career with the Portland Winter Hawks and Brandon Wheat Kings, notching a junior career best 33 goals, 40 assists for 73 points in 66 combined games. In 11 post-season games with Brandon, he had eight points after the Wheat Kings won the WHL’s East Division Title.
Klinkhammer played his first professional season in 2007–08 with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. He made his professional debut on October 19, 2007 against the Binghamton Senators and posted an assist. He scored his first career professional goal on November 23, 2007 against Springfield and added two assists for the Admirals 4-2 win. He registered an assist in four out of his five games with Norfolk. Rob chipped in a season-high three points (1 goal and 2 assists), including the game-winning goal, on October 23, 2007, against Springfield in the Admirals 4-2 win and scored four goals in a six-game stretch in March.
On June 8, 2009, Klinkhammer was signed as a free agent with the IceHogs NHL affiliate, the Chicago Blackhawks, to a two-year, entry-level contract. Following an injury to Chicago forward Patrick Kane, Klinkhammer was recalled from Rockford to make his NHL debut on December 10, 2010, suiting up with the Blackhawks for a home game win against the Dallas Stars. On July 11, 2011, Klinkhammer signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks.
On December 2, 2011, Klinkhammer was traded to the Ottawa Senators for a conditional seventh-round 2013 draft pick. He reported to the Senators' AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators. He played his second NHL game and first with the Senators on March 4, 2012 against the Florida Panthers. After that game, Ottawa coach Paul MacLean was impressed, calling Klinkhammer "one of our best players".
On July 3, 2012, Klinkhammer signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes. With the 2012 NHL lockout in affect, he was assigned to AHL affiliate the Portland Pirates. He scored his first career hat trick Oct. 23, 2012. When the lockout finally ended in January 2013 Klinkhammer was still in Portland, however he was soon called up to the NHL and made a name for himself with the Coyotes earning the nickname "The Colonel" (after Colonel Klink from the TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes) for his stellar on-ice performance.
|2006–07||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||37||23||19||42||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||28||10||21||31||29||11||4||4||8||22|
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- "Hawks sign Klinkhammer, Richards". ESPN. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Bulletin: Senators acquire Rob Klinkhammer from Chicago in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2013". Ottawa Senators. December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- "Out with Lehner, in with Bishop". Canoe.ca. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "Coyotes trade Klinkhammer, conditional fifth to Penguins for Samuelsson". The Sports Network. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-12-05.