Since joining the NHL in 1991-92, Trent Klatt has been a solid two-way right-winger with three different teams. He has proven to be proficient as a penalty killer and on the power play while finding himself in the penalty box infrequently.
Born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Klatt starred at Ossea High School in 1988-89 scoring 63 points in 22 games. He was chosen 82nd overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Klatt spent three years at the University of Minnesota where he scored 65 goals and was a team leader. Before he had a chance to wear a Capitals sweater, Klatt was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in June 1991. He joined his new team for a game late in 1991-92 after the college season ended.
Klatt started the 1992-93 season in the minors then scored 23 points in 47 games after being recalled by Minnesota. He stayed with the franchise when it was relocated to Dallas and proved to be a solid forechecker with a bit of offense. In December 1995 he was traded to Philadelphia and the next season scored 24 goals and was a key figure for the Flyers when they reached the 1997 Stanley Cup final.
In 1997-98, Klatt scored 42 points and played in all 82 games for Philly. He was traded to Vancouver early the next year, playing in 73 games for the speedy Canucks. Klatt continued to provide sound defence and timely scoring for Vancouver when they enjoyed a fine regular season in 2000-01 and played the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche tough in the first round.
After a successful season in 2000-01, the Canucks were soaring in 2001-02, however, an injury plagued season limited Klatt to a mere 34 games. Looking to rebound in 2002-03, Klatt went on to score 29 points on the strength of 16 goals before being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings in the summer of 2003.
Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Klatt retired from the game of hockey in the summer of 2005.