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Ken Klee
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Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born April 24 1971 (1971-04-24) (age 45),
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
NHL Draft 177th overall, 1990
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 1990 – present

Ken Klee (born 24 April, 1971 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who last played for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. He unofficially announced his retirement on August 4, 2009.

Playing careerEdit

Klee was drafted 177th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Klee would not play for the Capitals until the 1994–95 season, but it did not take him long to become a regular on the squad. Klee played with the Capitals until the end of the 2002–03 season. He then became a free agent and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on 27 September, 2003. Klee had played in Washington for 9 seasons, and played in 604 games (regular season and playoffs). In Klee's first season in Toronto, he registered career highs in assists (25) and points (29) despite missing 16 games. On March 8, 2006, a day before the NHL's trading deadline, Klee was traded by the Maple Leafs to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for winger Alexander Suglobov. On July 24, 2006, Klee signed with the Colorado Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent. On July 2, 2007, Klee signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.

On September 26, 2008 into the final year of his contract with the Thrashers, Klee was dealt along with Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud to the Anaheim Ducks for defenceman Mathieu Schneider. After starting the 2008–09 season with the Ducks, Klee was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes on October 28, 2008.

Though not known as a goal scorer, 13 of his 54 career goals (as of May, 2009) are game winning goals, one of the highest percentages in NHL history.

Ken Klee told his family he was retiring, on August 4, 2009. Although it has not reached the papers yet, a 15th NHL season seems unlikely.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 39 0 5 5 52
1990–91 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 37 7 28 35 50
1991–92 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 10 0 1 1 14
1992–93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 77 4 14 18 93 7 0 1 1 15
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 65 2 9 11 87 17 1 2 3 14
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 49 5 7 12 89
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 23 3 1 4 41 7 0 0 0 4
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 66 8 3 11 60 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 80 3 8 11 115
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 51 4 2 6 46 9 1 0 1 10
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 78 7 13 20 80
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 80 7 13 20 79 5 0 1 1 10
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 54 2 4 6 60 6 0 1 1
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 68 8 8 16 38
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 70 1 16 17 89 6 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 4 25 29 36 11 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 3 12 15 66
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 0 0 0 14 6 1 0 1 6
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 3 16 19 68
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 1 9 10 60
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 1 10 11 24
NHL totals 934 55 140 195 880 51 2 2 4 50

Trade historyEdit


External linksEdit

Ken Klee's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database



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