Darcy Kuemper (also spelled Kümper, born May 5, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings 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.
May 5, 1990 |
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||161st overall, 2009
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.
On May 26, 2011, Kuemper signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. On October 13, 2011, he was loaned to the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. Kuemper was later recalled by the Wild on November 12, 2011.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|2012–13||Orlando Solar Bears||ECHL||3||0||2||1||184||8||0||2.61||.929||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
- "Rebels Darcy Kuemper named WHL player of the year". Red Deer Advocate. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- "Wild Signs Darcy Kuemper To Entry Level Deal". May 27, 2011.
- "Kuemper to guard Reign's net". Ontario Reign. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "Wild recalls Kuemper from Aeros". Minnesota Wild. 2011-11-12. Archived from the original on 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- "Josh Harding feeling "off" as he searches for right course of treatment for MS". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "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.
- "With Niklas Backstrom's status uncertain, Wild recalls Darcy Kuemper". ESPN. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Wild's goaltending situation in a truly tenuous spot now". Fox Sports. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- "Kuemper replaces Harding in goal". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- "LA Kings sign Goalie Darcy Kuemper". Los Angeles Kings. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "Kuemper award Del Wilson Trophy". Canadian Press. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01.[dead link]
- "WHL East All-Stars and Awards". Western Hockey League. Mar 23, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26.