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Keith Michael Yandle (born September 9, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes, the organization he was drafted by in the fourth round, 105th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Yandle quickly established himself as a premier offensive defenseman, leading the Coyotes in points in both the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons.[1] He is currently the NHL ironman with the most consecutive games played, as of the end of 2018–19, he stands 5th all time with 797 consecutive games played.

Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle Coyotes practice.jpg
Yandle with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010
Born (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 32)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Arizona Coyotes
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 105th overall, 2005
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2006–present

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Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

As a youth, Yandle played in the 2000 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from South Shore.[2]

Yandle attended Milton High School and Cushing Academy, where he was close friends with Chris Bourque, and was slated to attend the University of New Hampshire, where Yandle's brother Brian played from 2002 to 2006. However, Yandle decided to forgo his college eligibility and instead decided to play for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Playing in 66 games in 2005–06, he recorded 25 goals and 59 assists for 84 points. The Wildcats won the QMJHL championship and Yandle won the QMJHL's Emile Bouchard Trophy (best defenseman) and Telus Trophy (defensive player of the year).[citation needed]

ProfessionalEdit

Drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round, 105th overall, in 2005, Yandle made his NHL debut on October 11, 2006, against the Detroit Red Wings, logging 20 minutes of ice time in the game.[3] In the 2007–08 season, he participated in the American Hockey League All-Star Game as a member of the PlanetUSA team.[citation needed]

In his first Stanley Cup playoff game, on April 14, 2010, Yandle scored the first goal for Phoenix against Detroit to tie the game at 1–1. He would later add an assist and be named one of the game's three stars.[4] Yandle was named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as a replacement for the Atlanta Thrashers' Tobias Enström.[5]

Shortly after free agency began on July 1, 2011, Yandle signed a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes worth $26.25 million.[6] He played an integral role in the Coyotes' push in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs that saw them face the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final, contributing nine points during their run.[7] On November 12, 2014, he played his 400th consecutive game with the team. He ranks second all-time on the franchise's longest consecutive games played list, behind only Dale Hawerchuk (475).[8]

On March 1, 2015, Yandle was traded to the New York Rangers (along with defenseman Chris Summers and a 2015 fourth-round pick) in exchange for defenseman John Moore, forward Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick and a 2015 second-round (Oliver Kylington), the second-round pick was then dealt to the Calgary Flames for a pair of third-round picks (Adin Hill, Jens Lööke).[9]

On June 20, 2016, as an impending free agent, Yandle's rights were traded by the Rangers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a conditional 2017 fourth-round draft pick and a 2016 sixth-round draft pick.[10] Three days later, on June 23, he signed a seven-year, $44 million contract with Florida.[11]

On January 14, 2018, Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was suspended after playing 830 consecutive games, effectively making Yandle the leader in the iron man race for most consecutive games played with 676 games played at the time.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Cushing Academy HS-Prep 30 4 26 30 61
2003–04 Cushing Academy HS-Prep 37 14 48 62 78
2004–05 Cushing Academy HS-Prep 34 14 40 54 52
2005–06 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 66 25 59 84 109 21 6 14 20 36
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 69 6 27 33 97
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 0 2 2 8
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 30 1 14 15 80 5 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 43 5 7 12 14
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 69 4 26 30 37
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 12 29 41 45 7 2 3 5 4
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 48 59 68 4 0 5 5 0
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 32 43 51 16 1 8 9 10
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 10 20 30 54
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 45 53 63
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 63 4 37 41 32
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 21 2 9 11 8 19 2 9 11 10
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 82 5 42 47 40 5 1 0 1 2
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 82 5 36 41 39
2017–18 Florida Panthers NHL 82 8 48 56 35
2018–19 Florida Panthers NHL 82 9 53 62 50
NHL totals 907 94 434 528 544 51 6 25 31 26

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WC 13th 6 1 3 4 0
Senior totals 6 1 3 4 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
QMJHL
First All-Star Team 2006
Defensive Player of the Year 2006
Emile Bouchard Trophy 2006
CHL First All-Star Team 2006 [13]
CHL Defenseman of the Year 2006 [13]
AHL
All-Star Game 2008
NHL
NHL All-Star 2011, 2012, 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coyotes season overview". Arizona Coyotes. 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  3. ^ "Schneider leads barrage of nine goals for Red Wings". CBS Sports. 2006-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  4. ^ "Coyotes take opener vs Red Wings in first playoff game since 2002". CBS Sports. 2010-04-14. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  5. ^ "Yandle will get to strut stuff on All-Star stage". National Hockey League. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  6. ^ "All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle signs 5-year, $26.25 million deal to remain with Phoenix Coyotes". AZCentral.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Keith Yandle Statistics". National Hockey League. December 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "'Yotes Notes: Hanzal Among League Leaders in Face-off Success". National Hockey League. 2014-11-10.
  9. ^ "Rangers acquire D-man Yandle from Coyotes: report". National Hockey League. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Panthers acquire negotiating rights to Keith Yandle". Sportsnet.ca. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  11. ^ "Panthers sign free agent defenseman Keith Yandle". Yahoo! Sports. 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  12. ^ DeFranks, Matthew (January 18, 2018). "Keith Yandle owns longest active games-played streak after Andrew Cogliano's suspension: 'You feel bad for him'". Sun Sentenial. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "CHL announces it's 2006 award winners". Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 2006-05-27. Retrieved 2015-06-17.

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