Kevin Young (ice hockey)

Kevin Young (born July 16, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman.

Kevin Young
Born (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 37)
White Rock, B.C., Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for AHL
Worcester Sharks
ECHL
Colorado Eagles
Allen Americans
Reading Royals
CHL
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Wichita Thunder
Europe
Hull Stingrays
Nijmegen Devils
EV Landsberg
Lausitzer Füchse
ETC Crimmitschau
Eindhoven Kemphanen
Étoile Noire de Strasbourg
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–2016

Playing careerEdit

A native of White Rock, British Columbia, Young spent five seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. He then went to play CIS hockey with the University of New Brunswick, where in his rookie season he was recognized for his outstanding play when he was awarded the 2004 Clare Drake Award as the CIS Rookie of the Year.

Prior to moving to Europe, Don Cherry was quoted as saying," Kevin Young is the greatest prospect to come from the Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association in recent history."

As a professional, Young has played in both North America and Europe, with locations including the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, and France.

During the 2012–13 season Young played in the Central Hockey League (CHL) with the Wichita Thunder where he scored 24 goals and 35 assists for 59 points, and was named the CHL's Most Outstanding Defenceman.[1]

On August 29, 2013, the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL signed Young for the 2013–14 season. In 56 games with the Eagles, Young produced 6 goals and 35 points from the blueline before suffering a first round defeat in the playoffs.

On June 12, 2014, Young opted to sign a one-year contract with the Allen Americans of the ECHL.[2] In the 2014–15 season, Young contributed with 8 goals and 44 points from the blueline, ranking 8th in the league amongst defenseman and later helped the American capture their first Kelly Cup Championship.

In the following 2015–16 season, Young was traded after 3 games with the Americans to the Reading Royals in exchange for Jonathan Parker on October 19, 2015.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 58 1 13 14 19
1999–00 Portland Winterhawks WHL 51 4 21 25 60
2000–01 Portland Winterhawks WHL 54 4 20 24 108 14 1 4 5 24
2001–02 Kelowna Rockets WHL 24 5 14 19 43
2001–02 Portland Winterhawks WHL 13 4 5 9 23
2002–03 Brampton Battalion OHL 47 13 30 43 34 11 0 10 10 6
2003–04 University of New Brunswick U Sports 28 14 15 29 16
2004–05 University of New Brunswick U Sports 12 6 2 8 26
2005–06 Nijmegen Emperors Netherlands 40 15 29 44 62 9 4 9 13 14
2006–07 Hull Stingrays EIHL 30 6 8 14 55
2007–08 EV Landsberg 2000 Germany2 17 8 5 13 56
2008–09 Lausitzer Füchse Germany2 41 7 17 24 80 10 3 7 10 6
2009–10 Eispiraten Crimmitschau Germany2 38 5 16 21 42
2010–11 Eindhoven Kemphanen Netherlands 40 17 48 65 50 3 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs CHL 8 0 6 6 4 14 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Étoile Noire de Strasbourg France 23 8 15 23 34 5 0 2 2 6
2011–12 Wichita Thunder CHL 8 2 2 4 4 16 3 6 9 4
2012–13 Wichita Thunder CHL 66 24 35 59 65 15 4 13 17 4
2013–14 Colorado Eagles ECHL 56 6 29 35 36 6 1 3 4 2
2014–15 Allen Americans ECHL 71 8 36 44 42 25 0 12 12 18
2015–16 Allen Americans ECHL 3 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Reading Royals ECHL 53 7 25 32 21 7 0 1 1 6
ECHL totals 183 21 90 111 99 38 1 16 17 26

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Clare Drake Award - CIS Rookie of the Year 2003–04 [4]
Netherlands Best Defenceman 2010–11 [5]
All-CHL Team (First Team All-Star) 2012–13 [6]
CHL Most Outstanding Defenceman 2012–13 [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CHL awards announced". Wichita Thunder. April 1, 2013. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Americans sign former CHL outstanding defenseman winner Kevin Young". Allen Americans. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Royals sign forward Riley Armstrong, acquire Young". Reading Royals. October 19, 2015. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "CIS Rookie of the Year "Clare Drake Award"". Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Netherlands Best Defenceman
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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