Sam Klassen

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Sam Klassen
Sam Klassen and Tim Kennedy.jpg
Born (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 28)
Watrous, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Hamburg Freezers
Connecticut Whale
Hartford Wolf Pack
Portland Pirates
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Sam Klassen (born January 1, 1989) is a former Canadian-German professional ice hockey defenceman who last played with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He retired after the 2015-16 season. Klassen holds dual citizenship in Canada and Germany.[1]


Prior to turning professional, Klassen played major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with the Saskatoon Blades.[2]

On July 27, 2009, the New York Rangers signed Klassen as a free agent to a three-year entry-level contract.[3] Throughout the duration of his contract with the Rangers, Klassen was assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. Swinging between the Whale and ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors, Klassen played 114 AHL games and 131 ECHL contests between 2010 and 2013. In December 2013, he joined the Hartford Wolf Pack on a Professional Tryout (PTO) deal[4] and moved on to fellow AHL team Portland Pirates in March 2014.[5]

On July 17, 2014, Klassen agreed to his first contract abroad, signing a two-year contract with German club, the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL.[6] He retired from professional ice hockey at the end of the 2015-16 season.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
SJHL Champion with the Humboldt Broncos 2006–07 [8]


  1. ^ "Hamburg Freezers verpflichten Verteidiger Sam Klassen - 07 -". Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Saskatoon Blades Season Comes to a Close". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with blueliner Klassen". New York Rangers. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  4. ^ Pack, Hartford Wolf. "Hartford Wolf Pack :: Wolf Pack Sign Sam Klassen to PTO". Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Pirates recall Justin Weller from Gwinnett; Sign Sam Klassen to PTO • Portland Pirates". Portland Pirates. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Freezer agree to terms with Canadian Klassen" (in German). Hamburg Freezers. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Offizielle Homepage der Hamburg Freezers". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  8. ^ "SJHL Champions". 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

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