Nazem Kadri

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Nazem Kadri
Born (1990-10-06) October 6, 1990 (age 29)
London, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195[1] lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2009
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2010–present

Nazem Samir "Naz" Kadri (born October 6, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs seventh overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), first with the Kitchener Rangers and then the London Knights. He won the J. Ross Robertson Cup with Kitchener and was part of the Rangers team that lost to the Spokane Chiefs in the final of the 2008 Memorial Cup. Kadri has also represented Canada internationally at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where the team received the silver medal after losing the final to the United States 6–5.

From the beginning of the 2012–13 season to March 21, 2016, Kadri led the NHL in the number of penalties drawn with 164, 46 more than the second-placed player, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Kadri grew up playing minor hockey for the London Jr. Knights of the MHAO's AAA Pavilion League. He was a key member of MHAO championship teams at the Peewee, Bantam and Minor Midget levels before moving onto the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2006–07. He participated in the 2003 All-Ontario Peewee Championships in Markham, Ontario, as well as the 2005 All-Ontario Bantam Championships in Thunder Bay.


Nazem Kadri played with the London Knights for his final two seasons in juniors.

Kadri began his OHL career with the Kitchener Rangers after being selected in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.[3] During his second season in the OHL, he played 68 games, recording 25 goals and 40 assists (65 points).[4] During that year's playoffs, Kadri helped the Rangers to an OHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup final, where they lost to the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).[5]

After the 2007–08 season, Kadri was traded to the London Knights (his hometown team) in exchange for several draft picks.[6] He played in 56 games for the Knights in 2008–09, recording 25 goals and 53 assists (78 points).[4] Kadri was sidelined during the 2008–09 season when he suffered a broken jaw.[7] He was selected to play for Team OHL in the ADT Canada Russia Challenge, but was unable to participate due to the jaw injury.[8] Kadri was later invited to the Canada men's national junior ice hockey team's selection camp for the 2009 World Junior Championships but did not make the final roster.[7] Also during the 2008–09 season, Kadri was chosen to play in the OHL All-Star Classic, where he suited-up for the Western Conference and scored one goal.[9]

After the 2008–09 OHL season, Kadri was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[10] He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the club on July 6, 2009.[11]

After being cut from the Maple Leafs, Kadri returned to play for the Knights in the OHL. He was selected to play for Team OHL in the 2009 Subway Super Series (renamed from the ADT Canada Russia Challenge).[12] He was also selected to represent the Western Conference in the 2009–10 OHL All-Star Classic, his second appearance in the OHL's All-Star Game in as many seasons.[13] On March 30, 2010, Kadri was named the CHL Player of the Week after recording nine points (two goals and seven assists) in three games.[14] The OHL named Kadri the league's Player of the Month for April 2010, a month in which he recorded 26 points (9 goals and 17 assists) in 10 games.[15]


Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Kadri attended training camp with the Maple Leafs prior to the 2009–10 season. He played in six pre-season games with the club, in which he recorded three goals and two assists. Then-Toronto head coach Ron Wilson had said prior to training camp that Kadri would need to be one of the team's top-six forwards to make the club; Kadri was ultimately returned to the Knights prior to the start of the NHL regular season.[16]

Due to injuries to forwards Christian Hanson and Fredrik Sjöström, Kadri was called-up to the Maple Leafs under an emergency basis, making his NHL debut on February 8, 2010, against the San Jose Sharks. He did not register any points and finished with a −1 plus-minus rating.[17] This was a one-game-only call-up, and he subsequently returned to the London Knights following the game. Ron Wilson said that he would most likely be with the Maple Leafs for the 2010–11 season, though this was in doubt after comments made by both Wilson and then-Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke during the pre-season, indicating that Kadri had not played to the level they expected and was "running out of time" to prove himself.[18][19] In addition, Burke was traditionally a strong supporter of rookies gaining experience at the American Hockey League (AHL) level prior to NHL careers.[20] Kadri was included in the Maple Leafs' last round of cuts, and was subsequently sent to the AHL's Toronto Marlies for the start of the season. However, on November 12, Kadri was called-up by the Maple Leafs (along with fellow prospect Keith Aulie).[21] On November 16, in a game against the Nashville Predators, Kadri recorded his first NHL point, assisting on a goal by Kris Versteeg.[22] Two days later, on November 18, Kadri recorded his first multi-point night with two assists in a game against the New Jersey Devils.

Kadri on the bench (centre) with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, in the 2011–12 season.

On March 19, 2011, against goaltender Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, Kadri scored his first career NHL goal. Kadri was named to the AHL All-Star Game in 2012. Prior to 2012–13 season, Kadri began training under former NHL player and Maple Leaf Gary Roberts over the summer to gain muscle and "play more explosively".[23] On January 19, 2013, when NHL play resumed after the 2012–13 NHL lockout cancelled much of the first half of the scheduled regular season, Kadri made the starting roster for the Maple Leafs in their season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. He would score the first Maple Leafs goal of the season with a powerplay mark assisted by Phil Kessel against goaltender Carey Price. Kadri finished the game named the game's first star. One month later, in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kadri had his first NHL fight, engaging with Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. With the Maple Leafs losing 4–1 late in the game, Hedman delivered a cross-check to the back of Kadri, who then confronted the 6'6" defenceman. Punches were then exchanged before teammates and officials broke up the fight. On February 28, in a 5–4 win against the New York Islanders, Kadri scored his first career hat-trick.[24] On March 30, he scored his second career hat-trick, and second of the season, in a 4–0 win over the Ottawa Senators.[25] He would finish the season with 18 goals and 26 assists, finishing second only to Phil Kessel for the team lead in points and goals. On May 4, Kadri scored his first Stanley Cup playoff point, recording an assist on a goal by Kessel after Kadri sprung him on a breakaway. On May 13, he scored his first playoff goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 7 during the third period.

On September 11, 2013, Kadri signed a new two-year, $5.8 million contract with Toronto. On November 13, 2013, Kadri delivered an elbow to the head of Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Bäckström. As a result, the NHL's Department of Player Safety issued Kadri a three-game suspension.[26] During the 2013–14 season, his first full 82-game season, Kadri set career-highs in goals (20) and points (50).

Kadri (centre) with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kadri was suspended twice during the 2014–15 season, the first internally by the organization for showing up late to a team practice; he received a three-game suspension.[27] One week later, Kadri was suspended by the NHL: he received four games for illegally checking Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Fraser in the head.[28] Despite these setbacks, Kadri recorded 39 points in 73 games to lead all Toronto centres in goals. In the subsequent off-season, he signed a new one-year, $4.1 million contract with Toronto.

On April 1, 2016, Kadri was fined $5,000 by the NHL for his second and third diving infractions of the season. The first came March 12 against the Ottawa Senators and the second March 21 against the Calgary Flames.[29] On April 4, 2016, Kadri was again suspended by the NHL after he delivered a cross-check to the head of Detroit Red Wings centre Luke Glendening. Kadri received a four-game suspension for the incident, effectively ending his season, and as a repeat offender under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, he was also fined $200,000.[30] Despite these misdemeanours, Kadri's play throughout the season was strongly praised by Leafs management, most notably head coach Mike Babcock and general manager Lou Lamoriello. Further, Kadri was heavily praised for his penalty drawing abilities; although he was always complimented on this skill, it received much more media attention this season, with Kadri setting a league-leading best 49 penalties drawn during the season.[2] Additionally, Kadri led the Maple Leafs in various offensive categories, including points (45) and assists (28). On April 13, 2016, following the conclusion of Toronto's season, Kadri signed a new six-year, $27 million contract with the team.[31]

On January 23, 2017, in a game against the Calgary Flames, Kadri scored his 100th career NHL goal.[32] During the Maple Leafs' first-round series with the Washington Capitals in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Kadri played approximately 95 minutes of ice time throughout the series when Toronto were at even strength to help push the series to six games.[33] He ended the series with two points, a goal and an assist, in six games as Toronto were eliminated.

During the 2017–18 season, Kadri scored his fourth career NHL hat-trick in a 6–3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 14, 2018.[34] During Toronto's first-round series in the 2018 playoffs against the Boston Bruins, Kadri was suspended three games for a hit on Tommy Wingels in Game 1.[35] Toronto lost the series in seven games.

During Toronto's first-round series against Boston in the 2019 playoffs, Kadri was suspended for the remainder of the first round for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in Game 2.[36] The Maple Leafs lost the series in seven games.

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

On July 1, 2019, Kadri (along with Calle Rosén and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft) was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in 2020.[37]

International play[edit]

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Kadri with the Canadian national junior ice hockey team in 2009
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Saskatoon

Kadri played for Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, where they won a gold medal.[38] He first represented Canada at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where the team finished fourth.[38] Kadri was invited to Canada's selection camp for the 2010 World Junior Championships held in Regina, Saskatchewan. After being cut in 2009, Kadri was selected to represent Canada in 2010.[7] In Canada's preliminary round game against the United States, Kadri was one of the players selected for the shootout, scoring on goaltender Jack Campbell to help Canada secure the victory.[39]

During the tournament, Kadri recorded three goals and five assists.[40] During the tournament, Kadri attracted attention for his refusal to shake hands with Switzerland's Nino Niederreiter after their semi-final game. Kadri did not elaborate on the specifics of what caused his refusal, but did absolve Niederreiter of using an ethnic slur: "Obviously, in big games like that, guys tend to lose their composure a bit, but I didn't take offence to anything he said. It was just that I felt like I didn't have to shake his hand."[41] Kadri later had second thoughts about his refusal, stating, "I regret it a little bit."[42] During the gold medal game against the United States, Kadri had two assists including one on Jordan Eberle's game-tying goal with 1:35 left in the third period.[43] However, Canada lost the game in overtime, leaving Kadri and his teammates with the silver medal.

Personal life[edit]

Kadri began skating at age two, began playing organized hockey at age four, and was suiting-up for elite level teams at age six.[44]

Kadri's parents are Sam and Sue, and he has four sisters: Yasmine, Reema, Sabrine and Rayanne.[44][45] Kadri is named after his grandfather.[46] Sam Kadri moved to Canada from the small town of Kfar Danis, Lebanon. Nazem is Muslim and says that he has never had any problems on the ice with "trash talk" about his religious beliefs.[42] Kadri was the first Muslim drafted by the Maple Leafs, and the highest drafted Muslim in NHL history until being surpassed by 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.[44] In high school, Kadri served as a member of his school's Muslim Student Association.[44] Kadri is the fourth player of Lebanese descent to play in the NHL, following John Hanna, Alain Nasreddine and Ed Hatoum.[47] Kadri grew up as a Montreal Canadiens fan under the influence of his father, who was drawn to the team following his immigration to Canada.[48]

In July 2018, Kadri married his fiancée Ashley Cave at Casa Loma in Toronto.[49] They had their first child together, a daughter named Naylah, in 2019.[50][51][52]

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 London Jr. Knights Min. Midget MHAO 62 49 43 92 82
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 7 15 22 30 9 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 68 25 40 65 57 20 9 17 26 26
2008–09 London Knights OHL 56 25 53 78 31 14 9 12 21 22
2009–10 London Knights OHL 56 35 58 93 105 12 9 18 27 26
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 44 17 24 41 62
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 3 9 12 8
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 5 2 7 8
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 48 18 22 40 39 11 3 7 10 6
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 27 8 18 26 26
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 18 26 44 23 7 1 3 4 10
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 20 30 50 67
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 18 21 39 28
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 17 28 45 73
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 32 29 61 95 6 1 1 2 8
2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 32 23 55 42 4 0 2 2 19
2018–19 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 16 28 44 43 2 1 1 2 19
NHL totals 561 161 196 357 387 19 3 7 10 56


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 3 5 8 14
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 0 3 3 4
Junior totals 6 3 5 8 14
Senior totals 8 0 3 3 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
CHL Top Prospects Game 2009
All-Star Game 2010
Second All-Star Team 2010


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luke Schenn
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Tyler Biggs