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Adrian Kempe (born 13 September 1996) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Adrian Kempe
Born (1996-09-13) 13 September 1996 (age 23)
Kramfors, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Los Angeles Kings
Modo Hockey
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2014
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

Kempe was born in Kramfors, Sweden, where he also grew up. He made his Swedish Hockey League debut playing with Modo Hockey during the 2013–14 season.[2] At the end of the season, Kempe was selected in the first round (29th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to Modo for the 2014–15 season.

On 15 April 2015, the Kings signed Kempe to a three-year, entry-level contract.[3] He was then immediately assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs for the postseason. The Monarchs defeated the Utica Comets in five games to win the Calder Cup.[4] In 17 games, Kempe recorded nine points.

Kempe spent the entirety of the 2015–16 season in the American League with the Kings' new affiliate, the Ontario Reign. He recorded 28 points in 55 games.

Kempe began the 2016–17 season with the Reign, but was recalled by the Kings on 15 February 2017.[5] He made his NHL debut the following day against the Arizona Coyotes.[6] He recorded his first NHL point on 21 February by assisting on Tyler Toffoli's goal against the Colorado Avalanche[7] and scored his first goal on 11 March against the Washington Capitals.[8]

Prior to Kempe's first full season with the Kings, he switched from No. 39 to No. 9.[9] He recorded his first NHL hat-trick in a 5–1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on 19 October.[10]

On 4 September 2019, the Kings re-signed Kempe to a three-year, $6 million contract extension.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

His older brother, Mario, is also a professional ice hockey player in the Kings organization, and has also played for the Arizona Coyotes.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Modo Hockey J20 39 6 7 13 36 7 1 0 1 4
2013–14 Modo Hockey J20 20 3 16 19 32 5 1 1 2 6
2013–14 Modo Hockey SHL 45 5 6 11 12 2 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Modo Hockey SHL 50 5 12 17 42
2014–15 Modo Hockey J20 2 1 3 4 2
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs AHL 3 0 0 0 2 17 8 1 9 2
2015–16 Ontario Reign AHL 55 11 17 28 27 13 4 1 5 2
2016–17 Ontario Reign AHL 46 12 8 20 44 5 0 2 2 2
2016–17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 25 2 4 6 6
2017–18 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 16 21 37 49 4 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 12 16 28 50
SHL totals 95 10 18 28 54 2 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 187 30 41 71 105 4 0 0 0 2
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Sweden WHC17   5 5 0 5 2
2013 Sweden IH18 7th 4 2 1 3 12
2014 Sweden WJC18 4th 7 1 6 7 16
2015 Sweden WJC 4th 6 4 4 8 2
2016 Sweden WJC 4th 7 3 5 8 8
2018 Sweden WC   10 2 6 8 8
2019 Sweden WC 5th 8 3 3 6 2
Junior totals 29 15 16 31 40
Senior totals 18 5 9 14 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Kings 2014 NHL and lives with his wife in Manhattan beach Draftee's". sportsmedia101.com. 28 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Kempe brothers to play together as Adrian makes debut" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  3. ^ "2014 first-round pick Adrian Kempe signed to contract". Los Angeles Kings. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ Brindley, Michael. "Manchester Monarchs Win First (And Last) Calder Cup Title". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Adrian Kempe, Paul Ladue Recalled from Ontario (AHL)". NHL.com. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  6. ^ Lee, Forrest (16 February 2017). "Preview: Coyotes at Kings". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 December 2018. Forward Adrian Kempe, 20, will make his NHL debut.
  7. ^ Pannone, Louis (14 November 2017). "Adrian & Mario Kempe Shining as Rookies". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Kempe's first NHL goal propels Kings past slumping Capitals". sportsnet.ca. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  9. ^ "2017 Opening Night Roster; LA Kings Recall LaDue from AHL, Martinez to IR". NHL.com. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Adrian Kempe's hat trick hands Canadiens sixth straight loss". sportsnet.ca. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  11. ^ "LA Kings Sign Adrian Kempe to Three-Year Contract Extension". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  12. ^ Vest, Dave (3 December 2018). "'Yotes Notes: Kempe Hoping to Play vs. Younger Brother for First Time". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 December 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tanner Pearson
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Gabriel Vilardi