Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler was born August 31, 1984 in Lovonia, Michigan. The first round, 23rd overall selection of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kesler is a graduate of the US National Junior Program.

In the fall of 2002 Kesler enrolled at Ohio State University where in his freshman year tallied 31 points (11-20-31) before opting to turn professional in 2003-04. After only one season at Ohio State, the Lovonia, Michigan native split his first professional season with the Canucks and their AHL affiliate in Manitoba.

In 2005-06 Kesler, became a mainstay in the Canucks line-up appearing in 82 games with the club tallying 23 points.

With the Canucks Kesler emerged as one of the NHL's most complete centres. His tenacious play, attention to defensive responsibility and offensive production made him one of the toughest players in the league to play against. For his efforts, following the 2008-09 season, he was nominated for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.

In February of 2010, Kesler was part of the US Olympic team that brought home the silver medal in a thrilling overtime final at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The 2010-11 season would be a good one for Kesler. For the first time in his career he reached the 40-goal mark, finishing the season with 41. His defensive play continued to impress as well. He was finally able to break the three-year-long stranglehold Pavel Datsyuk had on the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. Kesler finished the season with a +24 rating and was an impressive 57% on face-offs. His 41 goals are the most ever by a Selke Trophy winner.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Detroit Honeybaked MWEHL 72 44 73 117
2000-01 U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 26 8 20 28 24
2000-01 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 56 7 21 28 40
2001-02 U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 46 11 33 44 23
2001-02 U.S. National Team Development Program USHL 13 5 5 10 10
2001-02 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 10 5 6 11 4
2001-02 United States WJ18-A 8 2 5 7 4 +7
2002-03 Ohio State University CCHA 40 11 20 31 44
2002-03 United States WJC-A 7 3 4 7 6 +3
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 28 2 3 5 16 -2
2003-04 Manitoba Moose AHL 33 3 8 11 29 -4
2003-04 United States WJC-A 6 3 0 3 6 -2
2004-05 Manitoba Moose AHL 78 30 27 57 105 +22 14 4 5 9 8
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 10 13 23 79 +1
2005-06 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 0 +1
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 48 6 10 16 40 +1 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 21 16 37 79 +1
2008-09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 26 33 59 61 +8 10 2 2 4 14
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 50 75 104 +1 12 1 9 10 4
2009-10 United States Olympics 6 2 0 2 2 +5
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 41 32 73 66 +24 25 7 12 19 47
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 22 27 49 56 +11 5 0 3 3 6
2012-13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 4 9 13 12 -5 4 2 0 2 0
NHL Totals 578 157 193 350 513 57 12 26 38 71


Frank J. Selke Trophy (2011) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011) Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring shoulder injury and foot injuriy vs. Dallas, February 15, 2013..