September 19, 1988 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||122nd overall, 2007
Kempe first started skating when he was five years-old on an outdoor rink in his hometown of Kramfors. He represented Ångermanland twice in TV-pucken while playing for Modo Hockey's junior teams in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. During the 2005–2006 season, Kempe represented Team Sweden at the 2006 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.
That following summer, Kempe was drafted 31st overall in the 2006 CHL Import Draft by the St. John's Fog Devils of the QMJHL. Kempe made the trip to North America and cracked the Fog Devils lineup. He was named an assistant captain during his rookie season.
Kempe finished the season tied for 6th among QMJHL rookies in goals and 11th in points, and was voted "Fastest Skater in the Eastern Division". Kempe was ranked 50th among North American prospects on Central Scouting's final report heading into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was chosen in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Kempe returned to his native Sweden after completing two seasons in the QMJHL. He signed with Rögle BK of Elitserien in the off-season and recorded two goals and eight assists in thirty games-played. After receiving limited ice time during the first half of the year he was traded to Mora IK of the second-highest level league in Sweden. He signed a two-year contract with Djurgården on June 16, 2010.
Following the 2016–17 campaign and after three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with HC Vityaz, Kempe left as a free agent and returned to North America in securing a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes on May 16, 2017.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||St. John's Fog Devils||QMJHL||62||23||19||42||51||4||0||0||0||2|
|2007–08||St. John's Fog Devils||QMJHL||48||25||24||49||36||6||4||3||7||8|
- Mario Kempe career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Mario Kempe career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mario Kempe profile at Eurohockey.com
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