62 Facts About Ryan Kesler


Ryan James Kesler was born on August 31,1984 and is an American former professional ice hockey center.

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Ryan Kesler is best known for being a two-way forward, winning the Selke Trophy in 2011, as well as for his agitating style of play.

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Ryan Kesler played junior hockey with the US National Team Development Program from which he then accepted a scholarship to play college hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

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Ryan Kesler has represented the United States at seven International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned events, winning one World U18 Championship gold medal, one World Junior Championships gold medal, one 2010 Winter Olympics silver medal, and one 2001 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, gold medal.

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Ryan Kesler was born on August 31,1984, in Livonia, Michigan, to Linda and Mike Kesler.

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Ryan Kesler is the youngest of three children, after brother Todd and sister Jenny.

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Ryan Kesler's father, Mike, played college hockey at Colorado College and was a supervisor with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for 37 years.

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Ryan Kesler introduced his children to the ice at a very young age; Ryan recalls skating at around age four.

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Mike coaches a Junior B hockey team and runs a hockey school in Livonia, which Ryan Kesler attended as a child every summer from the age of six to seventeen.

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Ryan Kesler played minor ice hockey in Detroit for teams such as Compuware, Honeybaked and Little Caesars of the Midwest Elite Hockey League.

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Ryan Kesler played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Little Caesars team.

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Ryan Kesler has listed Joe Sakic of the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche as a favorite player during his childhood.

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In June 2000, Ryan Kesler was drafted in the fifth round, 89th overall, by the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

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Ryan Kesler chose Ohio State over the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its Wisconsin Badgers ice hockey program of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association because Ohio State was closer to Kesler's home in Livonia.

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Ryan Kesler was named CCHA Rookie of the Week three times, CCHA Rookie of the Month once, and was awarded Ohio State's George Burke Most Valuable Freshman award.

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Midway through the season, Ryan Kesler was named to the PlanetUSA All-Star team for the 2005 AHL All-Star Game where he helped PlanetUSA defeat Team Canada for the first time in five years.

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Ryan Kesler finished third in team scoring with thirty goals and 57 points to be named the Moose's Most Valuable Player.

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Ryan Kesler added an additional nine points in fourteen playoff games as the Moose advanced to the Western Conference finals before being swept by the Chicago Wolves.

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Ryan Kesler returned to the Canucks lineup for the first game of their quarterfinal playoff series against the Dallas Stars.

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Early into his fourth season with the Canucks, Ryan Kesler was cross-checked in the face by Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice.

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The cross-check was an immediate response to Ryan Kesler hitting Flyers defenseman Randy Jones and resulted in Ryan Kesler leaving the game with a sore jaw.

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Later in the season, Ryan Kesler was involved in another violent on-ice incident when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger used his skate blade to stomp on Ryan Kesler's calf.

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On September 30,2008, Ryan Kesler was announced as a Canucks alternate captain with Willie Mitchell and Mattias Ohlund, while Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was named captain.

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Ryan Kesler finished as second runner-up with one first-place vote.

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Ryan Kesler was contacted by National Hockey League Players' Association director of affairs Glenn Healy, who discouraged Ryan Kesler from making similar remarks in the future.

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Ryan Kesler averaged a career-high 19:37 minutes of ice time per game, which ranked second among team forwards to Henrik Sedin.

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Ryan Kesler admitted following the defeat to not having played his best during the playoffs.

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Ryan Kesler ranked second in the league to Datsyuk in takeaways with 83, while blocking 73 shots and recording 95 hits.

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Ryan Kesler lost the award as the first runner-up with 655 voting points, behind Datsyuk's 688.

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Ryan Kesler began the season playing on the power play with the Sedins, as part of an effort by the Canucks coaching staff to "load up" their first power play unit.

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On January 11,2011, Ryan Kesler was named to his first NHL All-Star Game; he was one of three Canucks along with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

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Ryan Kesler was chosen to be an alternate captain alongside Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green representing Eric Staal's team.

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Ryan Kesler finished the regular season with a career-high 41 goals; he added 32 assists for 73 points over 82 games, third among Canucks scorers.

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Ryan Kesler's efforts helped the Canucks to the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy.

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Ryan Kesler recorded a point in 11 of the Canucks' 14 goals in the series, leading them past the Predators in six games.

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Ryan Kesler was one point short of Pavel Bure's franchise record of most points in a playoff series.

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Week after the Canucks' Game 7 loss, Ryan Kesler was awarded the Selke Trophy after finishing as a runner-up the previous two years.

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Ryan Kesler received 1,179 voting points in comparison to runners-up Jonathan Toews' 476 and Pavel Datsyuk's 348.

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Ryan Kesler was ranked eighth in Hart Memorial Trophy voting as the league's most valuable player.

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Later in the off-season, Ryan Kesler underwent arthroscopic surgery for the torn labrum in his hip.

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However, within seven games, Ryan Kesler was back on the injured reserve with a broken foot.

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Ryan Kesler initially sustained the injury in his first game against Dallas, but subsequent X-rays came back negative.

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On June 27,2014, Ryan Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, along with a third round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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The following season, Ryan Kesler would help lead the Ducks to a Western Conference Final while finishing 2nd in the Selke trophy race and earning his second all-star appearance.

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Ryan Kesler played his 1000th NHL Game on 5 March 2019 against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Ryan Kesler became the 333rd player in NHL History to play 1000 games and the 11th to do so for Anaheim.

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Ryan Kesler first competed internationally at the 2001 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in New Glasgow and Truro, Nova Scotia, where he helped the American team to a gold medal victory over Team Canada Pacific, finishing the tournament with one goal and five assists in six games.

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Ryan Kesler participated in his first International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event at the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships in Piestany and Trnava, Slovakia.

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The Americans won their first U18 title, with Ryan Kesler being awarded the Best Player Award for the tournament.

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Later that year, Ryan Kesler was named to the United States national junior team for the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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In December 2003, Ryan Kesler was released by the Vancouver Canucks to play in the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Ryan Kesler's second World Junior tournament.

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Rather, Ryan Kesler made his national men's team debut three months after the Olympics at the 2006 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia.

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Ryan Kesler formed a part of the United States men's national ice hockey team during the 2010 Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal with the team during that year's Olympic tournament.

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Ryan Kesler formed a part of the US men's national team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Ryan Kesler is known as a two-way forward, capable of contributing both offensively and defensively.

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Ryan Kesler earned a reputation as an agitator, trash-talking and engaging opponents physically in between play.

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Ryan Kesler has since continued to improve his offensive skills while remaining defensively responsible.

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Ryan Kesler has recognized that his competitive drive has often caused him to lose his composure.

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Ryan Kesler has credited the change with his role as a father, wanting to set a mature example for his children when they watch him play.

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In March 2010, Ryan Kesler was announced as the cover athlete for the 2K Sports video game NHL 2K11, released several months later in August.

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Ryan Kesler had previously worked with 2K Sports, doing motion capture for NHL 2K10.

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In November 2010, Ryan Kesler released his own line of sportswear and casual clothing.

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