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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.

Darcy Kuemper
Born (1990-05-05) May 5, 1990 (age 27)
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
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
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]

Career statisticsEdit

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
NHL totals 102 41 34 14 5,454 236 7 2.60 .910 9 3 1 422 15 1 2.13 .911

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