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Darcy Kuemper (born May 5, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Darcy Kuemper
Born (1990-05-05) May 5, 1990 (age 28)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
Los Angeles Kings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 161st overall, 2009
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2010–present

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Playing careerEdit

Kuemper played three seasons with the Red Deer Rebels, winning the Del Wilson Trophy in the 2010–11 season as the WHL's top goaltender, as well as the CHL Goaltender of the Year with 45 wins, a goals against average (GAA) of 1.86 and a save percentage of .933.[1]

On May 26, 2011, Kuemper signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.[2] On October 13, 2011, he was loaned to the Ontario Reign of the ECHL.[3] Kuemper was later recalled by the Wild on November 12, 2011.[4]

Kuemper was recalled by the Wild on February 12, 2013. After then-backup goaltender Josh Harding stated that he had been feeling ill symptoms due to complications from his multiple sclerosis treatment, the Wild recalled Kuemper to start in net the same night to relieve Harding and the team's starting goaltender, Niklas Bäckström.[5] Five days later, on February 17, Kuemper made 29 saves on 31 shots to earn his first career NHL win against the Detroit Red Wings.[6]

On May 1, 2013, Kuemper was again recalled by the Wild to serve as a backup for Josh Harding, who was starting as a result of an injury to Niklas Bäckström.[7] On May 7, Kuemper made his Stanley Cup playoff debut when he replaced Harding, who had suffered a left leg injury in the first period of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.[8][9]

In the next season's playoffs, in 2014, Kuemper started in Game 3 of the Wild's Western Conference Quarter-finals matchup against the Colorado Avalanche, replacing Ilya Bryzgalov. Kuemper recorded a shutout in the game, and continued to start for the Wild until sustaining an injury in the third period of Game 7 of the same series. Bryzgalov replaced Kuemper again and was credited with the win upon Minnesota's overtime victory later that game. The following season, Kuemper opened as Minnesota's starter with Bryzgalov departed and Harding unable to play. However Kuemper struggled, and Minnesota traded for Devan Dubnyk, who immediately became the starter. Kuemper and Niklas Bäckström finished out the season splitting time as Dubnyk's backup.

On July 1, 2017, having left the Wild as a free agent, Kuemper agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Los Angeles Kings.[10] In the 2017–18 season, Kuemper excelled in the backup role with the Kings, recording 10 wins in 19 appearances. On February 21, 2018, Kuemper was traded to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Scott Wedgewood and forward Tobias Rieder. Kuemper was immediately re-signed to a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension by the Coyotes.[11]

International playEdit

On April 12, 2018, Kuemper was named to Team Canada's senior team to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .000
2008–09 Red Deer Rebels WHL 55 21 25 8 3167 156 3 2.96 .898
2009–10 Red Deer Rebels WHL 61 28 23 4 3234 147 3 2.73 .908 2 0 2 61 6 0 5.86 .806
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 4 2 1 0 199 8 0 2.41 .886
2010–11 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 45 12 5 3685 114 13 1.86 .933 7 4 3 403 19 0 2.83 .896
2011–12 Ontario Reign ECHL 8 7 1 0 484 14 0 1.74 .941
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 19 6 6 4 1070 42 1 2.36 .923
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 21 13 8 0 1210 38 4 1.88 .934 2 1 1 119 3 1 1.51 .957
2012–13 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 3 0 2 1 184 8 0 2.61 .929
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 6 1 2 0 288 10 0 2.08 .916 2 0 0 73 4 0 3.29 .879
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 17 7 10 0 997 41 1 2.47 .929
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 26 12 8 4 1480 60 2 2.43 .915 6 3 1 325 11 1 2.03 .913
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 31 14 12 2 1569 68 3 2.60 .905 1 0 0 23 0 0 0.00 1.000
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 5 2 3 0 279 15 1 3.22 .891
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 6 7 5 1064 43 2 2.43 .915
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 18 8 5 3 1054 55 0 3.13 .902
2017–18 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 10 1 3 1000 35 3 2.10 .932
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 10 2 6 2 597 32 1 3.22 .899
NHL totals 131 53 41 19 7,050 303 11 2.58 .912 9 3 1 422 15 1 2.13 .911

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rebels Darcy Kuemper named WHL player of the year". Red Deer Advocate. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Wild Signs Darcy Kuemper To Entry Level Deal". May 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kuemper to guard Reign's net". Ontario Reign. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wild recalls Kuemper from Aeros". Minnesota Wild. 2011-11-12. Archived from the original on 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Josh Harding feeling "off" as he searches for right course of treatment for MS". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Zucker scores first NHL goal, Kuemper wins first NHL game as Wild rallies to beat Detroit". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  7. ^ "With Niklas Backstrom's status uncertain, Wild recalls Darcy Kuemper". ESPN. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Wild's goaltending situation in a truly tenuous spot now". Fox Sports. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Kuemper replaces Harding in goal". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  10. ^ "LA Kings sign Goalie Darcy Kuemper". Los Angeles Kings. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  11. ^ "LA Kings Acquire Tobias Rieder, Scott Wedgewood; Trade Kuemper to Coyotes". NHL.com. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "HOCKEY CANADA NAMES FIRST 18 PLAYERS TO 2018 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER". hockeycanada.ca. April 12, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Kuemper award Del Wilson Trophy". Canadian Press. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01. [dead link]
  14. ^ "WHL East All-Stars and Awards". Western Hockey League. Mar 23, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. 
  15. ^ http://mastercardmemorialcup.ca/chl-announces-2010-11-award-winners/

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martin Jones
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2010–11
Succeeded by
Tyler Bunz