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| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
215 lb (98 kg)
|NHL Team||Detroit Red Wings|
|Born|| February 25 1987,|
Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.
|NHL Draft|| 42nd overall, 2005|
Detroit Red Wings
|Pro Career||2008 – present|
On April 7, 2007 Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal in the 2007 NCAA Championship Game against Boston College, securing the NCAA Division 1 National Championship for Michigan State University and earning him the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player. He scored the latest game-winning regulation goal ever scored in an NCAA Frozen Four championship game when he scored with just 18.9 seconds left.
Detroit Red Wings Edit
On April 3, 2008, Abdelkader signed a one-game amateur tryout with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and was to play that night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In doing so, he forfeited his college eligibility for the 2008–09 season. The following day, Abdelkader signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Abdelkader scored 23 goals for the Grand Rapids Griffins during the 2008-09 season and was one of the team's best offensive players in the playoffs.
On May 8, 2009 Abdelkader was named the replacement for Tomáš Kopecký, who sat out Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals series against the Anaheim Ducks. Coach Mike Babcock sent Abdelkader to replace Kopecký "because he'll run over people. We expect him to play hard like Darren Helm. He's on the forecheck and he's a physical guy." During the game Abdelkader scored his first career point on an assist to Johan Franzén.
Abdelkader scored his first career NHL goal on May 30, 2009 in Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After shooting the puck, he grabbed the rebound out of the air with his glove, dropped the puck, and beat Marc-André Fleury high stick side. His second goal came nearly 24 hours later in the second game of the series, off of what commentators described as a "knuckle puck." He carried the puck into the forward zone alone against three Penguins defenders and fired a slapshot past Fleury. He became the first rookie to score a goal in consecutive finals games since Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli did it in 1981.
|Competitor for United States of America|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
Regular season and playoffs Edit
|2004–05||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||USHL||60||27||25||52||86||11||0||4||4||8|
|2005–06||Michigan State Spartans||NCAA||44||10||12||22||83||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Michigan State Spartans||NCAA||38||15||18||33||91||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Michigan State Spartans||NCAA||42||19||21||40||107||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||76||24||28||52||102||10||6||2||8||23|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||9||2||1||3||0|
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