Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Keith Tkachuk
In 1995 Tkachuk was the captain of the Winnipeg Jets, the Coyotes' precursor before the team moved to Arizona. But he was also a free agent, and at what looked like the end of his contract negotiations, he signed an offer sheet with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Jets, though, decided that they absolutely needed him. They matched Chicago's offer and signed Tkachuk to a multi year contract.

Tkachuk, one of many U.S. players in the NHL from the Boston area, is best known around league arenas as a power forward and it's no surprise that his hero as a kid was the Bruins' Cam Neely. He attended Boston University for just one year after becoming the first pick of the Jets in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft out of high school. He joined the U.S. Olympic team in 1991 and 1992 and his first full season with the Jets was 1992-93. By his third NHL season, Tkachuk was a 50-goal scorer and in 1996-97 became the first american-born player to lead the NHL in goals with 52. The left wing (and sometimes center) was also developing into one of the premier power-forwards in the game.

A four-time member of the U.S Olympic Team (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006) and member of the U.S. 1996 World Cup Team, Tkachuk spent parts of ten seasons with Winnipeg/Phoenix organization before being traded to the St. Louis Blues in the latter stages of the 2000-01 season. Upon the completion of the 2003-04 season, Tkachuk had managed to score at least 20 goals in his first 12 full seasons in the NHL.

In the 2006-07 season, Tkachuk tallied 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points before the St. Louis Blues dealt Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers. His stay in Atlanta was short lived however; after the Thrashers were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs they dealt Tkachuk back the St. Louis Blues.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Malden Catholic Lancers High-MA 21 30 16 46
1989-90 Malden Catholic Lancers High-MA 6 12 14 26
1990-91 Boston University Terriers H-East 36 17 23 40 70
1990-91 United States WJC-A 7 6 3 9 12
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 45 10 10 20 141
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 3 4 7 6
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 1 1 2 12
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 17 3 5 8 28 0 7 3 0 3 30
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 83 28 23 51 201 -13 6 4 0 4 14
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 84 41 40 81 255 -12
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 22 29 51 152 -4
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 76 50 48 98 156 +11 6 1 2 3 22
1996-97 United States W-Cup 7 5 1 6 44
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 52 34 86 228 -1 7 6 0 6 7
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 69 40 26 66 147 +9 6 3 3 6 10
1997-98 United States Olympics 4 0 2 2 6
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 36 32 68 151 +22 7 1 3 4 13
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 50 22 21 43 82 +7 5 1 1 2 4
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 29 42 71 108 +6
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 6 2 8 14 -3 15 2 7 9 20
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 38 37 75 117 +21 10 5 5 10 18
2001-02 United States Olympics 5 2 0 2 2 +2
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 56 31 24 55 139 +1 7 1 3 4 14
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 33 38 71 83 +8 5 0 2 2 10
2004-05 United States W-Cup 5 5 1 6 23 +5
2004-05
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 15 21 36 46 -15
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 0 0 0 8 -5
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 20 23 43 92 +3
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 7 8 15 34 +8 4 1 2 3 12
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 27 31 58 69 -2
2008-09 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 25 24 49 61 -11 4 0 0 0 2
2009-10 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 13 19 32 56 -2
NHL Totals 1201 538 527 1065 2219 89 28 28 56 176


NHL Second All-Star Team (1995, 1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009) Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Traded to St. Louis by Phoenix for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, the rights to Jeff Taffe and St. Louis' 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis for Glen Metropolit, Atlanta's 1st (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Mikael Backlund) and 3rd (Brett Sonne) round choices in 2007 Entry Draft, and Atlanta's 1st (later traded back to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Zach Bogosian) and 2nd (Philip McRae) round choices in 2008 Entry Draft, February 25, 2007. Traded to St. Louis by Atlanta with future considerations for Atlanta's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Zach Bogosian) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 26, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, April 13, 2010.