Christopher James Kreider (born April 30, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey winger and an alternate captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played college ice hockey at Boston College and was drafted in the first round, 19th overall, by the Rangers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He holds the NHL record for most Stanley Cup playoff goals before playing his first NHL regular season game, with five.
Kreider with the Rangers in 2014
April 30, 1991|
Boxford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team||New York Rangers|
|National team||United States|
19th overall, 2009|
New York Rangers
Kreider played for Masconomet Regional High School, and later Phillips Academy, a preparatory school in Andover, Massachusetts. Kreider scored a goal in the 2010 NCAA title game in which Boston College defeated the University of Wisconsin to win the national title; he was also named to the 2010 Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
Kreider was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Beanpot Tournament, as Boston College won the tournament for the second-straight time. He was also selected to the senior United States to compete in the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
In the 2011–12 season Kreider won a second NCAA title with Boston College, where he led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 45 points in 44 games. His 23 goals were second overall in the Hockey East conference and tied for eighth in the NCAA; his 45 points were fifth in Hockey East and tied for 19th in the NCAA. Kreider was also tied for the Hockey East lead in game-winning goals (5), short handed goals (3) and short-handed points (5). He also finished in the top ten in Hockey East with seven power play goals and 17 power play points.
On April 10, 2012, Kreider signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers. He joined New York the following day for practice, and was declared eligible to participate in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. He made his NHL debut a few days later in a Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals on April 16, 2012. He scored his first career NHL goal in Game 6 of that series on April 23 with an assist from former World Junior Championship teammate Derek Stepan, which proved to be the game-winner.
Kreider's second NHL goal was also a playoff game-winning goal, this time coming against the Washington Capitals on in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals on April 28, making him the first player in NHL history whose first two goals were playoff game-winners. He ended the 2012 playoffs with five goals, an NHL record for most playoff goals before playing his first regular season game. The prior record of four such goals was held by Eddie Mazur, and the prior record of three goals in a single post-season prior to playing a regular season game was held by George McPhee and Ray Cote. Kreider scored his first career hat-trick on November 30, 2013, against the Vancouver Canucks in a 5–2 Rangers victory.
On May 17, 2014, in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Kreider crashed the net of Canadien's goaltender, Carey Price, resulting in a Price sustaining a lower body injury. Price would miss the remainder the round of the playoffs. The Rangers would go on to claim a 4-2 series victory.
On July 23, 2014, Kreider and the Rangers agreed to a two-year, $4.95 million contract extension.
On October 28, 2014, in a game against the Minnesota Wild, Kreider received a major penalty and a game misconduct for dangerously checking Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin from behind into the boards. Despite an injury to Brodin, Kreider was not suspended for the hit.
On July 22, 2016, Kreider signed a four-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Rangers, avoiding arbitration. Kreider would then have a solid 2016-17 season, setting new career highs in both goals (28) and points (53).
During a game against the Washington Capitals on December 27, 2017, Kreider left the game for an undisclosed reason. It was later revealed that Kreider had a blood clot in his right arm, and would be out indefinitely. On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Kreider would undergo rib resection surgery, and would be out of the lineup for about 5–7 weeks. Kreider played his first game back on February 24, 2018 against the Minnesota Wild after missing 24 games.
|World Junior Championships|
Kreider scored six goals for the gold medal-winning United States World Junior Championship team in 2010. He was chosen to represent the United States once again at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and led the team with four goals in six games as Team USA won the bronze medal. Two of his goals were scored in the bronze medal game, and he was named the USA's best player for that game. Kreider's ten goals in World Junior Championship play tied him with John LeClair and Mike Modano for third all-time among American players, behind just Jeremy Roenick's 13 and Brian Gionta's 11.
In 2018, Kreider, along with teammate Neal Pionk, were the only Rangers players selected to represent the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. He posted 10 points through 10 games, helping the United States claim the Bronze Medal in Denmark.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||18||5||2||7||6|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||23||2||1||3||6||8||1||1||2||0|
|2013–14||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||6||2||2||4||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New York Rangers||NHL||66||17||20||37||72||15||5||8||13||14|
|2014–15||New York Rangers||NHL||80||21||25||46||88||19||7||2||9||14|
|2015–16||New York Rangers||NHL||79||21||22||43||58||5||2||0||2||6|
|2016–17||New York Rangers||NHL||75||28||25||53||58||12||3||1||4||18|
|2017–18||New York Rangers||NHL||58||16||21||37||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||New York Rangers||NHL||79||28||24||52||57||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
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- "HOCKEY EAST ANNOUNCES 2010 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM". Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- "Kreider's future gets even brighter". newyorkrangers.com. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- "Beanpot Tournament Awards". beanpothockey.com. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- "FIVE PLAYERS WITH HOCKEY EAST TIES NAMED TO 2011 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM". FIVE PLAYERS WITH HOCKEY EAST TIES NAMED TO 2011 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM. Hockey East Association. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
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- "Rangers, Kreider agree to contract terms". New York Rangers. April 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Lozo, D. (April 11, 2012). "Kreider joins Rangers, will have to earn ice time". NHL.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
- Leonard, P. (April 11, 2012). "Chris Kreider says NY Rangers were 'pretty adamant about getting started,' newly signed left wing wears No. 20 in practice". The Daily News. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
- "Rangers' Lundqvist makes 39 saves in 1–0 win". Yahoo!. April 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- "Rangers force Game 7 with 3–2 win vs Senators. Kreider would then score the second goal of the second round for the Rangers to make it two to one in that game". Yahoo!. April 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- Cyrgalis, B. (April 24, 2012). "Rangers rookie Kreider scores in Game 6". New York Post. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- Rosen, D. (April 28, 2012). "Rookie Chris Kreider making it look easy". nhl.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- NHL on the Fly (television). NHL Network. April 28, 2012.
- "Chris Kreider's playoff run now record setting as Rangers rookie scores again". The Star Ledger. May 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
- Klein, J.Z. (May 16, 2012). "With Three Postseason Goals, Rangers' Kreider Ties Obscure Record". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
- "KREIDER NETS THREE, RANGERS TOP CANUCKS IN TORTORELLA'S RETURN". TSN.ca. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "2014 NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals: MTL vs. NYR | Hockey-Reference.com". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
- "Montreal Canadiens' goalie Carey Price out of Eastern Final with injury | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
- "Kreider, Rangers agree to two-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Gentille, Sean (October 28, 2014). "Why wasn't Chris Kreider suspended?". sportingnews.com. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- "Rangers Agree to Terms With Chris Kreider". NHL.com. July 22, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
- "Kreider out indefinitely for Rangers with blood clot in right arm". NHL.com. December 28, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Ripple, Zachary (January 9, 2018). "Rangers forward Chris Kreider undergoes successful rib surgery, will be reevaluated in six weeks". nydailynews.ca. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Calamia, Matt (February 24, 2018). "Kreider Returns to Rangers Lineup After Blood Clot". NHL.com. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- "The Kreider Watch". Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- "Goalscoring Leaders" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- "2010 WJC Player Statistics by Team: USA" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Kreider, Bourque make final USA cut". nhl.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
- "2011 WJC Player Statistics by Team: USA" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- "Game Summary SWE 2 USA 4" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- "2011 Best Players Per Game" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "Kreider scores two as USA wins bronze". nhl.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- "2018 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER. Kreider would go on to score 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points including a goal in the bronze medal game helping team USA claim the bronze medal". teamusa.usahockey.com. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
- "First 17 players named to 2019 U.S. Men's national team". USA Hockey. April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.