Klein as a Ranger in October 2014.
December 13, 1984 |
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||37th overall, 2003
Kevin R. Klein (born December 13, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for and is an alternate captain of the ZSC Lions of the National League (NL). He previously played for the New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the second round, 37th overall, by the Nashville Predators at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Klein was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 37th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played four years of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), three with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and one with the Guelph Storm. Following junior hockey, he played the majority of the next three seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.
In the following season, 2009–10, Klein played his first full season with the Predators, recording two goals and 16 assists for 18 points in 81 games.
In September 2012, Nashville signed Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million contract extension. He responded by scoring three goals and handing out 11 assists for 14 points in 47 games during the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season.
On December 9, 2014, Klein lost part of his left ear on a high stick in the first period of a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had it stitched back on, came back to play, and scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
In the 2016–17 season, Klein suffered from back spasms and remained a healthy scratch by New York for most of the teams post-season run. In the offseason, on July 7, at the age of 32, Klein forfeited nearly $3 million in salary from the final one year left on his contract with the Rangers in announcing his retirement from the NHL.
Having expressed desire in continuing his career abroad, on July 14, 2017, Klein signed a one-year contract with the ZSC Lions of the National League (NL). He made his NL debut on September 8, 2017, against the SCL Tigers at the Ilfis Stadium and scored his first goal that same day, an OT game-winning goal.
|1999–00||Kitchener Minor Hockey||OHF||54||12||29||41||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||58||3||16||19||21||18||0||5||5||17|
|2001–02||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||68||5||22||27||35||15||2||7||9||12|
|2002–03||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||67||11||33||44||88||17||1||9||10||8|
|2003–04||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||5||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New York Rangers||NHL||30||1||5||6||0||25||1||3||4||6|
|2014–15||New York Rangers||NHL||65||9||17||26||25||14||0||4||4||2|
|2015–16||New York Rangers||NHL||69||9||17||26||19||5||0||1||1||7|
|2016–17||New York Rangers||NHL||60||3||11||14||31||1||0||1||1||0|
- "Predators re-sign Klein to 2-year deal". nhl.com. 2008-07-16. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- "Predators sign Klein to 5-year contract". National Hockey League. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
- "Michael Del Zotto traded to Predators, Kevin Klein to Rangers". CBS Sports. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Klein loses part of his ear, wins game in OT". ESPN. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
- "Rangers defenceman Kevin Klein announces retirement". Rogers Communications. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
- "From New York to Zurich - ZSC Lions sign defenseman Kevin Klein". swisshockeynews.ch. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.