Jakub Kindl (born 10 February 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing with Kölner Haie in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers.
Kindl in 2009
10 February 1987|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
|National team||Czech Republic|
19th overall, 2005|
Detroit Red Wings
Kindl played junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL and then for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Kindl was drafted 19th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL Draft.
During the 2005–06 season, Kindl played in three games for Grand Rapids, where he recorded one assist. During the 2007–08 season, he played in 75 games for Grand Rapids. He was called by the Detroit Red Wings as a spare defenceman. When Detroit won the Stanley Cup Kindl was included on the team, even though he had yet to play in the NHL. Detroit also awarded him a Stanley Cup ring. Since Kindl had not played in the NHL his name could not be included on the Stanley Cup.
Kindl made his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 2009–10 NHL season. Called up as an injury replacement, he eventually appeared in three games before returning to Grand Rapids. Kindl scored his first career NHL goal on 20 January 2011 against Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues.
On 29 June 2013, Kindl signed a four year, $9.6 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.
On 14 February 2015, the Red Wings assigned Kindl to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a conditioning assignment. Kindl has not played for the Red Wings since suffering an elbow injury on 27 December 2014. On 20 February 2015, the Red Wings recalled Kindl from his conditioning assignment with the Griffins. During his condition assignment, Kindl recorded one goal, and a plus-two rating in back-to-back wins for the Griffins.
On 9 January 2016, Kindl was placed on waivers and later assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Prior to being placed on waivers, he played in 23 games with the Red Wings, recording two goals and three assists. His plus-3 rating in overtime leads the Wings this season. On 4 February, Kindl was recalled by the Red Wings. Prior to being recalled by the Red Wings, Kindl recorded two goals and one assist in nine games for the Griffins since he was assigned on 11 January. He was again assigned to the Griffins on 23 February.
At the conclusion of his contract with the Panthers, Kindl left the NHL as a free agent and later returned to his homeland in signing a one-year deal with HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga on 18 October 2017.
After two seasons with Plzeň, Kindl left at the conclusion of his contract continuing his European career in Germany by agreeing to a one-year contract with Kölner Haie of the DEL on 5 July 2019.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||3||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||7||0||2||2||0|
|2007–08||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||75||3||14||17||82||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||78||6||27||33||76||10||2||1||3||2|
|2009–10||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||73||3||30||33||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||48||2||2||4||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||8||1||4||5||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||55||1||12||13||25||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||41||4||9||13||28||14||1||4||5||10|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||66||2||17||19||24||4||0||0||0||2|
|2014–15||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||2||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||35||5||8||13||22||1||0||0||0||0|
|2015–16||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||25||2||4||6||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||10||3||1||4||12||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
- Roose, Bill (29 June 2013). "Wings get deals done for Miller, Kindl". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- Roose, Bill (14 February 2015). "Kindl sent to Griffins for conditioning". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (20 February 2015). "Red Wings recall Kindl from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- Roose, Bill (10 January 2016). "Red Wings' Kindl clears waivers". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (11 January 2016). "Kindl is assigned to Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (4 February 2016). "Detroit recalls Kindl from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (23 February 2016). "Jakub Kindl assigned to Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (27 February 2016). "Red Wings trade Kindl to Panthers". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- "Kindl to strengthen defense" (in Czech). HC Plzeň. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Sharks sign Jakub Kindl" (in German). Kölner Haie. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick