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Ken Klee
Born April 24, 1971 (age 39),

Indianapolis, IN, USA

Height

Weight

6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)

Position Defense
Shoots Right

Kenneth Robert Klee (born April 24, 1971 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played most notably with the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.


Playing careerEdit

Klee was drafted 177th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Klee would not play for the Capitals until the 1994–95 season, but it did not take him long to become a regular on the squad. Klee played with the Capitals until the end of the 2002–03 season. Klee had played in Washington for 9 seasons, and played in 604 games (regular season and playoffs) when he then became a free agent and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 27, 2003.

In Klee's first season in Toronto, he registered career highs in assists (25) and points (29) despite missing 16 games. On March 8, 2006, a day before the NHL's trading deadline, Klee was traded by the struggling Maple Leafs to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for winger Alexander Suglobov. On July 24, 2006, Klee signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent for the 2006-07 season.[1] Klee finished the season leading the Avalanche with a plus/minus of 18. On July 2, 2007, Klee signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.[2]

On September 26, 2008 into the final year of his contract with the Thrashers, Klee was dealt along with Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud to the Anaheim Ducks for defenceman Mathieu Schneider.[3] After starting the 2008–09 season with the Ducks, Klee was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes on October 28, 2008.[4] After playing out the season with the Coyotes and as a free agent, Klee unofficially announced his retirement.[5]

Though not known as a goal scorer, 13 of his 55 career goals were game winning goals, one of the highest percentages in NHL history.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 39 0 5 5 52
1990–91 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 37 7 28 35 50
1991–92 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 10 0 1 1 14
1992–93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 77 4 14 18 93 7 0 1 1 15
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 65 2 9 11 87 17 1 2 3 14
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 49 5 7 12 89
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 23 3 1 4 41 7 0 0 0 4
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 66 8 3 11 60 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 80 3 8 11 115
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 51 4 2 6 46 9 1 0 1 10
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 78 7 13 20 80
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 80 7 13 20 79 5 0 1 1 10
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 54 2 4 6 60 6 0 1 1
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 68 8 8 16 38
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 70 1 16 17 89 6 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 4 25 29 36 11 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 3 12 15 66
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 0 0 0 14 6 1 0 1 6
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 3 16 19 68
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 1 9 10 60
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 1 10 11 24
NHL totals 934 55 140 195 880 51 2 2 4 50

TransactionsEdit

  • Selected by Washington Capitals in 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was Washington's 9th round choice, 177th overall.
  • Signed as a free agent by Toronto on September 27, 2003.
  • Traded to New Jersey Devils by Toronto for Aleksander Suglobov on March 8, 2006.
  • Signed as a free agent by Colorado Avalanche on July 24, 2006.
  • Signed as a free agent by Atlanta Thrashers on July 2, 2007.
  • Traded to Anaheim Ducks along with Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud for Mathieu Schneider on September 26, 2008.
  • Claimed off re-entry waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes on October 28, 2008.

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