Kevin Porter (ice hockey)
March 12, 1986|
Northville, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
119th overall, 2004|
Porter was drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round, 119th overall. Drafted after two seasons selected to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a skilled undersized scorer, Porter was then recruited to the University of Michigan hockey program in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
In his 2004–05 freshman season with the Wolverines, Porter scored 11 goals in 39 games to finish with 24 points, second among Wolverine rookies to fellow USNTDP product and Coyotes draft pick, Chad Kolarik. Establishing his scoring touch as a sophomore with 38 points in 39 games, Kevin returned as a junior to lead the Wolverines with 24 goals and place second among points with 58 to earn player of the Month award (November) and nomination to the CCHA Second All-Star Team.
With the departure of prolific Michigan scorer T. J. Hensick, Porter returned to captain the Wolverines for his senior year in 2007–08. For the fourth consecutive season Porter improved his season totals posting 33 goals and 63 points in 43 games to lead the U of M and place second only to Nathan Gerbe in the NCAA. He set a NCAA Tournament record with four goals in the East Regional Semi-Final against Niagara, as he captained the Wolverines to the Frozen four for the first time since 2003. Named as the University of Michigan Male sports person of the Year, Porter's standout season was also awarded with selection to the CCHA First All-Star Team, CCHA Player of the Year and the NCAA West First All-American Team to culminate in winning the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in the NCAA.
Shortly after completing his collegiate career, on April 14, 2008, Porter signed a three-year entry level contract with the Coyotes. He then joined the Coyotes affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, for their first-round play-off run.
In the 2008–09 season, Porter made the Coyotes opening season roster and made his NHL debut in a 3–1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 11, 2008, picking up an assist, his first NHL point. Porter scored his first career NHL goal on October 30, 2008, in a 4–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the turn of the year with a reduced role offensively, Porter was assigned by the Coyotes to the AHL for the majority of the remaining season and developed a scoring touch to lead the Rampage in Plus/minus (+7). He finished his first professional season with 5 goals for 10 points in 34 games with the Coyotes.
Porter was assigned to the Rampage to start the 2009–10 season. He was recalled by the Coyotes on numerous occasions but was limited to just 4 games. On March 3, 2010, while with the Rampage, Porter was traded by the Coyotes, along with Peter Mueller, to the Colorado Avalanche for forward Wojtek Wolski. After skating in four games with Avalanche affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, Porter received his first recall to Colorado on March 11, 2010, where he made his Avalanche debut in a 3–0 victory over the Florida Panthers. Used in a checking line role, Porter scored his first goal in his 8th game with the Avalanche against his former team, the Coyotes, in a 6–2 loss on March 28, 2010. He finished the season making his NHL post season debut in four games against the San Jose Sharks before re-signing with the Avalanche as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract on June 17, 2010.
On July 5, 2012, Porter signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. With the 2012 NHL lockout in affect, Porter was assigned directly to affiliate, the Rochester Americans, and selected as team Captain. During the 2012–13 season, Porter was leading the Americans in points when he was recalled by the Sabres on February 20, 2013.
On July 1, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Porter to a one-year, two-way contract. During the 2014–15 season, Porter recorded 16 goals and 23 assists in 76 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Porter familiarly became a free agent after his season with the Red Wings and on July 1, 2015, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed Porter to a one-year, two-way contract. In his first season with the Penguins, Porter made the opening night roster for the 2015–16 season. Playing on the fourth line and in a penalty-killing role, Porter appeared in 41 games for 3 assists, before his season ended on March 3, 2016, in suffering a broken ankle. With the Penguins going on to claim the Championship, Porter met the exact minimum games requirement for his name to appear on the Stanley Cup. On June 20, 2016, he was re-signed to a one-year contract extension with the Penguins.
On July 1, 2017, Porter left the Penguins organization after two seasons to sign a free agent contract on a two-year, two-way deal to return to former club, the Buffalo Sabres. Re-assigned to add a veteran presence in his second stint with the Rochester Americans, Porter captained the team in each season under contract with the Sabres.
|Representing United States|
|World U18 Championships|
A product of the USNTDP system, Porter made his international debut with the United States as a young 17-year-old in the 2003 World Under 18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia. After posting 2 points in 6 games to finish out of the medals, in fourth place, Kevin returned in his final year with the Development Program to play in the succeeding 2004 World Under 18 Championships in Minsk, Belarus. In a prominent senior role, Kevin scored 2 goals and 6 assists to place second on the team with 8 points as USA went on to claim the Silver medal, losing 3–2 to Russia in the final on April 18, 2004.
During a successful freshman year with the University of Michigan, Porter was added to the Team USA side hosting the 2005 World Junior Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Porter amassed 3 goals and 5 points in 7 games. He scored in the Bronze medal game against the Czech Republic, however again missed the medals and finished fourth. Porter was selected to his fourth junior tournament as a sophomore with Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, Canada. As Captain of the United States, he led the team to a second consecutive fourth-place finish, compiling 6 points in 7 games to be named as Team USA's best forward by his teammates.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2002–03||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||72||29||22||51||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||55||8||29||37||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Michigan||CCHA||39||11||13||24||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Michigan||CCHA||39||17||21||38||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of Michigan||CCHA||41||24||34||58||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||University of Michigan||CCHA||43||33||30||63||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||7||0||4||4||0|
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||42||13||22||35||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||52||15||25||40||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||4||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||76||16||23||39||25||16||1||3||4||14|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-CCHA Second Team||2006–07|||
|CCHA All-Tournament Team||2007|||
|All-CCHA First Team||2007–08|||
|All-CCHA Player of the Year||2007–08|||
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2007–08|
|Hobey Baker Award||2007–08|||
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2016|||
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- "Amerks turn to Veteran Porter for leadership". Rochester Americans. 2012-10-17. Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Wings add Michigan native Porter". NHL. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "Penguins sign forward Kevin Porter". National Hockey League. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "Penguins re-sign forward Kevin Porter to one-year contract". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
- "Porter, Crisuolo sign 2 year deals with Sabres". Buffalo Sabres. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "Porter returns on a one-year AHL contract". Rochester Americans. June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
- "Team USA Roster". IIHF. 2003-05-06. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- "Russia 3, USA 2 Game Summary" (PDF). IIHF. 2004-04-18. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- "Czech Republic 3, USA 2 (OT)". IIHF. 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
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- "Michigan's Kevin Porter named CCHA player of the Year". Central Collegiate Hockey Association. 2008-03-20. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
| CCHA Player of the Year
| Perani Cup Champion