Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Yackel
Ken Yackel was born March 5, 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota. A three-sport star from Humbolt High School in St. Paul, he graduated in 1949 and was later part of the 1952 United States Olympic Team that captured the silver medal.

As a member of the University of Minnesota Gophers, Yackel was a WCHA First Team All-Star in 1954-55-56. The 1953-54 season saw him play a major role for the Gophers at the NCAA Tournament where he was recognised as All-Tournament Team and NCAA West First All-American Team.

One of two American-developed players to appear in the NHL during the 1950's with the Boston Bruins (in 1959), Yackel spent some time with the Cleveland Barons and Providence Reds of the AHL as well as Saskatoon-St. Paul of the Western Hockey League.

In 1960-61, he joined the Minnesota Millers of the IHL where he captured the Leo P. Lamoureux Trophy (as top scorer), and earned a spot on the IHL First All-Star Team. A career high in goals (50) in 1962, earned Yackel a spot on the IHL First All-Star Team for the second consecutive season. The Millers reached the finals in 1963 before losing to Fort Wayne. His second 100-point season in three years earned him a spot on the IHL Second All-Star Team.

Yackel also spent some time behind the bench, as coach of the Edina Hornets High School team in 1956-57, the U.S. National Team at the 1965 World Championships, and as an interim coach for the Gophers in 1971.

Following his playing days, Ken Yackel devoted much of his hockey interests to the advancement of the John Mariucci Inner City Hockey Association, a program designed to encourage hockey development among inner city youth.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1950-51 St. Paul 7-Up-Kopps AAHL 24 15 14 29 55
1951-52 United States Nat-Tm
1951-52 United States Olympics 8 6 0 6 2
1952-53 University of Minnesota WCHA 27 10 16 26 40
1953-54 University of Minnesota WCHA 27 11 17 28 62
1954-55 University of Minnesota WCHA 28 18 18 36 51
1955-56 University of Minnesota WCHA 30 31 27 58 102
1955-56 Cleveland Barons AHL 3 0 1 1 6
1956-57 Edina Hornets High-MN
1957-58 Saskatoon/St. Paul Saints WHL 21 12 8 20 30
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Providence Reds AHL 66 16 33 49 83
1959-60 Providence Reds AHL 57 14 21 35 68 5 2 1 3 16
1960-61 Minneapolis Millers IHL 72 40 74 114 102 8 5 2 7 8
1961-62 Minneapolis Millers IHL 66 50 48 98 103 5 1 3 4 13
1962-63 Minneapolis Millers IHL 70 40 60 100 70 12 7 11 18 12
1963-64 Muskegon Zephyrs IHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 6 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2


WCHA First All-Star Team (1954, 1955, 1956)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1954)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1954)
IHL First All-Star Team (1961, 1962)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (Leading Scorer - IHL) (1961)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1963)
Traded to Boston by NY Rangers (Saskatoon-WHL) for cash, September 30, 1958.