Keith Yandle

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Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle Coyotes practice.jpg
Yandle with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010
Born (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 28)
Milton, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Arizona Coyotes
National team  United States
NHL Draft 105th overall, 2005
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2006–present

Keith Michael Yandle (born September 9, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Arizona Coyotes, the organization he was drafted by in fourth round, 105th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Yandle attended Milton High School and Cushing Academy, where he was close friends with the New York Rangers' Chris Bourque, and was slated to attend the University of New Hampshire, where Yandle's brother Brian played from 2002 to 2006. 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).[citation needed]

Professional[edit]

Drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round, 105th overall, in 2005, Yandle made his NHL debut on October 11, 2006, against the Detroit Red Wings, logging 20 minutes of ice time in the game.[1] In the 2007–08 season, he participated in the American Hockey League All-Star Game as a member of the PlanetUSA team.[citation needed]

In his first Stanley Cup playoff game, on April 14, 2010, Yandle scored the first goal for the Phoenix 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.[2] Yandle was named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as a replacement for the Atlanta Thrashers' Tobias Enström.[3]

Shortly after free agency began on July 1, 2011, Yandle signed a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes worth $26.25 million.[4] Yandle played an integral role in the Coyotes' push in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs that saw them face the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final, contributing nine points during their run.[5] On November 12, 2014, Yandle played his 400th consecutive game with the team. He ranks second all-time on the franchise's longest consecutive games played list, behind only Dale Hawerchuk (475).[6]

On March 1, 2015, Yandle was traded to the New York Rangers, along with defenseman Chris Summers and a 2015 fourth-round pick, in exchange for defenseman John Moore, forward Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick and a 2015 second-round.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 66 25 59 84 109 21 6 14 20 36
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 69 6 27 33 97
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 0 2 2 8
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 30 1 14 15 80 5 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 43 5 7 12 14
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 69 4 26 30 37
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 12 29 41 45 7 2 3 5 4
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 48 59 68 4 0 5 5 0
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 32 43 51 16 1 8 9 10
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 10 20 30 54
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 45 53 63
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 63 4 37 41 32
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 21 2 9 11 8 19 2 9 11 10
NHL totals 558 65 246 311 372 46 5 25 30 24

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WC 13th 6 1 3 4 0
Senior totals 6 1 3 4 0

Achievements[edit]

  • 2011 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2012 NHL All-Star Game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schneider leads barrage of nine goals for Red Wings". CBS Sports. 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Coyotes take opener vs Red Wings in first playoff game since 2002". CBS Sports. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Yandle will get to strut stuff on All-Star stage". National Hockey League. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Keith Yandle Statistics". National Hockey League. December 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Yotes Notes: Hanzal Among League Leaders in Face-off Success". National Hockey League. 2014-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Rangers acquire D-man Yandle from Coyotes: report". National Hockey League. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 

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