Ryan Kesler

Ryan James Kesler (born August 31, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey center and an alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Selected in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kesler spent the first ten years of his NHL career with the Canucks. He was traded to Anaheim on June 27, 2014.[1] He is best known for being a two-way forward, winning the Selke Trophy in 2011 after having finished as a finalist the previous two years, as well as for his agitating style of play.[2][3]

Kesler played junior hockey with the U.S. National Team Development Program from which he then accepted a scholarship to play college hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In one season with the Buckeyes, he was an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team and was named CCHA Rookie of the Week three times and CCHA Rookie of the Month once. In addition to the U.S. National Team Development Program and the Ohio State Buckeyes, Kesler has also suited up for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he was named to the 2005 AHL All-Star Game.

Kesler has represented the United States at five International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned events, winning one World U18 Championship gold medal, one World Junior Championships gold medal, and the 2010 Winter Olympics silver medal. He also participated in the 2001 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he won a gold medal.

Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler 2009 training camp
Kesler in 2009 during training camp
Born August 31, 1984 (age 34)
Livonia, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
Vancouver Canucks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2003
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2003–present
Website www.ryankesler.pro

Early life

Kesler was born on August 31, 1984, in Livonia, Michigan, to Linda and Mike Kesler. He is the youngest of three children, after brother Todd and sister Jenny.[4] His father, Mike, played college hockey at Colorado College and was a supervisor with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for 37 years.[5][6] He introduced his children to the ice at a very young age; Ryan recalls skating at around age four.[7] Mike also coaches a Junior B hockey team and runs a hockey school in Livonia, which Kesler attended as a child every summer from the age of six to seventeen.[5] In April 2007, Mike was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer and had seven inches of his small intestine removed in order to be rid of it.[6]

Kesler played minor ice hockey in Detroit for teams such as Compuware, Honeybaked and Little Caesars of the Midwest Elite Hockey League (MWEHL).[8] He played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Little Caesars team.[9] Around age 13, Kesler was cut from every AAA team he tried out for. Consequently, he played for his dad's Livonia Hockey Association bantam team, which he coached.[10] Kesler credits his brother, who is nine years older than him, for getting him into hockey.[11] During his minor career, he established a lasting friendship with Chris Conner, who went on to be drafted by the Dallas Stars.[12]

Despite growing up in Michigan, he was a Minnesota North Stars fan.[13] As a young hockey player, Kesler looked up to North Stars center and fellow Livonia native Mike Modano as a role model.[14] He has also listed Joe Sakic of the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche as a favorite player during his childhood.[13]

Playing career

U.S. National Team Development Program

In June 2000, Kesler was drafted in the fifth round, 89th overall, by the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection.[15] Despite being drafted by a Canadian OHL team, Kesler chose to play in the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) because of its close proximity to Livonia.[16] This allowed Kesler to continue his high school education without leaving Winston Churchill High School.[16] He entered the USNTDP for the 2000–01 season. Over his two seasons with the USNTDP, Kesler recorded 99 points in 131 games.[16]

Ohio State University

After two seasons with the USNTDP, Kesler accepted a scholarship to play college hockey at Ohio State University for the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He chose Ohio State over the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its Wisconsin Badgers ice hockey program of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) because Ohio State was closer to Kesler's home in Livonia.[17] As a freshman, Kesler scored 11 goals and 20 assists to finish fourth in team scoring behind junior and Hobey Baker Award finalist R. J. Umberger.[18] Over the course of his freshman year, Kesler helped the Buckeyes to a third-place finish in the CCHA's regular season standings. At the 2003 CCHA Tournament, Kesler scored two goals as the Buckeye's finished in fourth place, losing to Northern Michigan 4–1 in the third-place game.[18] Despite this finish, Ohio State secured an at-large bid to the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament, the third appearance at the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in Ohio State's history.[18] At the tournament, Ohio State suffered a 1–0 loss to Boston College in the opening round of the East Regional at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, ending both the team's and Kesler's season.[19]

Kesler's play as a freshman earned him an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team.[18] He was also named CCHA Rookie of the Week three times, CCHA Rookie of the Month once, and was awarded Ohio State's George Burke Most Valuable Freshman award.[18] Following the season, Kesler entered the 2003 NHL Entry Draft ranked sixteenth overall among North American skaters.[20] On June 21, 2003, he was drafted 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks.[21]

Manitoba Moose

Ryan Kesler playing for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League in November 2004 versus the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
Kesler playing for Manitoba in the AHL in 2004

Upon being drafted, Kesler considered returning to Ohio State for his sophomore season or joining the Brampton Battalion, who still held his OHL rights.[21] However, less than two months after being drafted, Kesler signed a three-year, $2.475-million entry level contract with the Canucks, complemented by an $850,000 signing bonus.[4][22][23] After attending Canucks training camp and playing in five preseason games, Kesler was cut by the Canucks and sent to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.[24] Kesler began his first professional season with the Moose, but was recalled by the Canucks in November and made his NHL debut on November 24, 2003, in a 2–1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, recording one shot on goal and 12:12 of ice time.[25] He scored his first career NHL goal on November 29 against Calgary Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan in a 4–4 tie.[26] For the remainder of the season, Kesler split time between the Canucks and the Moose, finishing his season with 5 points in 28 Canucks games and 11 points in 33 Moose games.

The 2004–05 NHL lockout, which cancelled the full 2004–05 NHL season, forced Kesler to spend the entire season with the Moose.[27] With Manitoba, Kesler emerged as one of the Canucks' top prospects. Midway through the season, Kesler was named to the PlanetUSA All-Star team for the 2005 AHL All-Star Game where he helped PlanetUSA defeat Team Canada for the first time in five years.[28][29] Kesler finished third in team scoring with thirty goals and 57 points to be named the Moose's Most Valuable Player.[30] Kesler added an additional nine points in fourteen playoff games as the Moose advanced to the Western Conference finals before being swept by the Chicago Wolves.[31]

Vancouver Canucks


When the NHL lockout ended and play resumed for the 2005–06 NHL season, Kesler joined the Canucks for his first full season with the team, playing in all 82 games and finishing the season with 23 points. With his entry-level contract expiring in the off-season, Kesler rejected a $564,000 qualifying offer from the Canucks before becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, 2006. Unable to come to terms on a new deal with the Canucks, Kesler signed a one-year, $1.9-million offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers on September 12.[32] The offer sheet from Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke was the first in the NHL since the Tampa Bay Lightning extended one to Brett Hauer in July 1999.[32] The move was highly controversial, with many NHL general managers criticizing how Kesler's inflated salary would affect future free agent signings.[32] The Canucks had one week to either match the offer or receive a second round draft pick from the Flyers in 2007 as compensation.[32] Two days after the signing, the Canucks matched the Flyers' offer.[33]

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Kesler in 2005

After playing 48 games in the 2006–07 NHL season, Kesler suffered a torn acetabular labrum and missed the remainder of the regular season, finishing the season with 16 points.[34] Kesler returned to the Canucks lineup for the first game of their quarterfinal playoff series against the Dallas Stars.[34] While blocking a shot in the fourth overtime of the game, Kesler was re-injured, suffering a displaced index finger.[35] Despite finishing the game, Kesler was forced to undergo surgery to repair the damage and missed the remainder of the playoffs.[35] In the off-season, the Canucks re-signed Kesler to a three-year, $5.25 million contract extension on May 24, 2007.[36] In comparison to his previous contract, facilitated by the Flyers' offer sheet, the deal represented a $150,000 pay cut in terms of average annual salary.

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Kesler with the Canucks in October 2008

Early into his fourth season with the Canucks, Kesler was cross-checked in the face by Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice.[37] The cross-check was an immediate response to Kesler hitting Flyers defenseman Randy Jones and resulted in Kesler leaving the game with a sore jaw.[37] Boulerice was subsequently suspended for 25 games, matching the then largest suspension in NHL history.[38] Later in the season, Kesler was involved in another violent on-ice incident when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger used his skate blade to stomp on Kesler's calf. Kesler was not injured on the play.[39] Although the NHL originally announced Pronger would not receive a suspension on the play, he later received an eight-game suspension when new video emerged of the incident.[39][40] Over the course of the season, Kesler established himself as a solid two-way center, scoring what was then a career-high 21 goals and 37 points and playing a regular shutdown role against opposing teams' top players and on the penalty kill with linemate Alexandre Burrows.[41]


With the departures of Markus Näslund, Brendan Morrison and Trevor Linden following the 2007–08 season, the Canucks were left without any captains for the 2008–09 NHL season. On September 30, 2008, Kesler was announced as a Canucks alternate captain with Willie Mitchell and Mattias Öhlund, while Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was named captain.[42] While he at first continued to play on the third line in a largely defensive role with Burrows, head coach Alain Vigneault eventually split the duo in the midst of a poor January for the team. As a result, Kesler was placed on the second line with free agent acquisitions Pavol Demitra and Mats Sundin.[43][44][45] Playing in a more offensive role, he set then-personal bests for the 2008–09 season, with 26 goals, 33 assists and 59 points. As a result, he was awarded the Cyclone Taylor Award as team MVP ahead of higher-profile teammates Luongo and Daniel and Henrik Sedin.[46] Kesler gained additional recognition on a league-wide basis as a Frank J. Selke Trophy finalist along with Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers.[47] He finished as second runner-up with one first-place vote.[48]

In the midst of another career year, Kesler signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension with the Canucks on March 19, 2010.[49] The deal was structured to pay Kesler $5 million per season and came a month-and-a-half after general manager Mike Gillis announced he had suspended contract negotiations with all the Canucks' pending free agents until after the 2009–10 season.[50] The Canucks were reportedly looking to sign him at $4.5 million per year while Kesler was asking for $5.5 million.[49][51] Kesler had made remarks the previous season in March 2009, after Burrows had recently signed a four-year, $2 million per season extension, that more players need to sign contracts below market value in order to develop a winning team.[52][53] His comments later prompted his agent to refute the idea Kesler would not seek full market value in contract negotiations.[52] Kesler was also contacted by National Hockey League Players' Association director of affairs Glenn Healy, who discouraged Kesler from making similar remarks in the future.[53]

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Ryan Kesler faces off against Ryan Getzlaf in December 2009.

Kesler completed the 2009–10 campaign with a new personal best in points for the third consecutive season with 75 points (25 goals and 50 assists). With Mats Sundin's retirement and Pavol Demitra being held out of the lineup with injuries, Kesler was moved to his natural center position and joined by wingers Mikael Samuelsson and Mason Raymond.[54] His 26 power play points ranked second on the team to Henrik Sedin.[55] Playing on the second power play unit, he earned many of his points controlling the puck along the half-boards.[56] He also averaged a career-high 19:37 minutes of ice time per game, which ranked second among team forwards to Henrik Sedin.[57] In the subsequent 2010 playoffs, Kesler notched a goal and nine assists in 12 games. After helping the Canucks eliminate the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, he played with a sore shoulder in the second round as Vancouver were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive year.[58] An MRI did not reveal any serious injury.[59] He admitted following the defeat to not having played his best during the playoffs.[58]

Following the campaign, he was a Selke Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, opposite Pavel Datsyuk and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins.[60] He ranked second in the league to Datsyuk in takeaways with 83, while blocking 73 shots and recording 95 hits.[60] He lost the award as the first runner-up with 655 voting points, behind Datsyuk's 688.[57]

Also in the off-season, goaltender Roberto Luongo resigned his team captaincy. As Canucks management waited until the beginning of the 2010–11 season to announce his replacement, Kesler was seen by media and fans as a strong candidate, alongside Henrik Sedin.[61][62] Henrik was eventually named captain prior to the season-opener and Kesler retained his alternate captaincy.[63]

The 2010–11 season marked an expanded focus on Kesler's offensive role. He began the season playing on the power play with the Sedins, as part of an effort by the Canucks coaching staff to "load up" their first power play unit.[56] Switching from being the primary puck-controller on the second unit, he moved to the front of the net, screening the goalie and tipping pucks in.[56] The off-season acquisition of defensive specialist Manny Malhotra also liberated Kesler from a large portion of his defensive duties, such as playing against opposing team's top forwards in a shutdown role.[64] Two months into the campaign, Kesler scored his 100th career NHL goal in a 4–2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on November 24, 2010.[65] He later earned his first NHL career hat-trick, scoring all three of the Canucks' goals in a 3–2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 15.[66] Nearly a month later, he recorded a second hat-trick against the Edmonton Oilers in a 6–1 win.[67] On January 11, 2011, Kesler was named to his first NHL All-Star Game; he was one of three Canucks along with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.[68] Kesler was chosen to be an alternate captain alongside Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green representing Eric Staal's team.[69] He went without a point as Team Staal was defeated by Team Lidstrom 11–10.[70] Prior to the Canucks' final home game of the regular season on April 7, 2011, Kesler was presented with the team's Most Exciting Player Award, as voted by the fans.[71] Playing the Minnesota Wild that night, he went on to record his third hat-trick of the season, reaching the 40-goal plateau, as the Canucks won 5–0.[72]

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Kesler in warm-ups during the 2011–12 season

Kesler finished the regular season with a career-high 41 goals; he added 32 assists for 73 points over 82 games, third among Canucks scorers. His efforts helped the Canucks to the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy. After opening the playoffs with a seven-game, first-round victory over the Blackhawks, the Canucks faced the Nashville Predators in the second round. Kesler recorded a point in 11 of the Canucks' 14 goals in the series, leading them past the Predators in six games. He was one point short of Pavel Bure's franchise record of most points in a playoff series (Bure had 12 points in a seven-game series against the St. Louis Blues in 1995).[73] Playing the San Jose Sharks in the third round, Kesler appeared to injure either his left leg or groin while pursuing opposing defenseman Dan Boyle in the series' deciding fifth game.[74] After leaving the bench for several shifts, he returned to score the game-tying goal, tipping a Henrik Sedin shot with 13.2 seconds remaining in regulation. The Canucks went on to win in double-overtime, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.[75] Having suffered a torn labrum on the play, Kesler required cortisone shots to continue playing for the remainder of the playoffs (his injury was not revealed until the off-season, however).[76] Prior to the Finals, he was believed by many in the media to be a leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.[77] Consequently, Kesler's performance diminished in the Finals. Playing the Boston Bruins, the Canucks lost the series in seven games. After recording an assist on the game-winning goal in Game 1, he failed to register a point in the remaining six games, while also recording a –7 rating.[78] With 19 points (7 goals and 12 assists) over 25 games, he ranked third among Canucks scorers (behind the Sedins) and tied for sixth among NHL players overall.[79]

A week after the Canucks' Game 7 loss, Kesler was awarded the Selke Trophy after finishing as a runner-up the previous two years.[80] He received 1,179 voting points in comparison to runners-up Jonathan Toews' 476 and Pavel Datsyuk's 348.[81][notes 1] Kesler was also ranked eighth in Hart Memorial Trophy voting as the league's most valuable player.[notes 2][82] Later in the off-season, Kesler underwent arthroscopic surgery for the torn labrum in his hip. Unrelated to his labrum tear in 2007, he had adopted a program to recuperate from the injury naturally until a specialist advised him to have surgery in late-July 2011. The Canucks announced on August 2 that Kesler had successfully undergone the procedure, while it was also reported he would not be ready to play until mid-October.[77] On schedule, he returned to the lineup on October 18 against the New York Rangers after missing the first five games of the 2011–12 season.[83] Appearing in 77 contests, Kesler recorded his lowest scoring total in four years with 22 goals, 27 assists and 49 points. On a team basis, the Canucks remained a successful regular season team, winning their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy. They failed to defend their Western Conference playoff title, however, losing in the first round to the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Kesler recorded three assists in the series.

During the off-season, it was revealed Kesler had been playing with a shoulder injury since February 2012. Suffering from a torn labrum, he underwent surgery for the injury in May.[84] Initially expected to have recovered by mid-November, his rehabilitation was extended for several months due to an additional wrist injury which he received surgery for in late-June.[85] As a result, he made his 2012–13 season debut on February 15, 2013, in a 4–3 loss to the Dallas Stars. Due to the NHL lockout, which cancelled the first four months of the season, Kesler only missed 12 games.[86] However, within seven games, Kesler was back on the injured reserve with a broken foot. He initially sustained the injury in his first game against Dallas, but subsequent X-rays came back negative. After playing through the pain for several games, an additional CT scan revealed the fracture.[87]

Anaheim Ducks


On June 27, 2014, Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, along with a third round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[88] On July 15, 2015, Kesler signed a six-year contract extension worth $41.25 million.[89] During October 2015, Kesler was named an alternate captain of the Ducks.[90]

International play

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  United States
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Helsinki
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Piešťany

Throughout his career, Kesler has represented the United States at various international ice hockey tournaments. He first competed internationally at the 2001 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in New Glasgow and Truro, Nova Scotia, where he helped the American team to a gold medal victory over Team Canada Pacific, finishing the tournament with one goal and five assists in six games.[91]

Kesler participated in his first International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event at the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships in Piešťany and Trnava, Slovakia. He finished the tournament with seven points in eight games, including two goals in a 10–3 defeat over Canada in the final round.[92] The Americans won their first U18 title, with Kesler being awarded the Best Player Award for the tournament.[16] Later that year, Kesler was named to the United States national junior team for the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia. He finished the tournament second in team scoring behind Zach Parise with seven points in seven games as the United States lost 3–2 to Finland in the bronze medal game.[93][94] During the tournament, Kesler was twice named the United States' player of the game: in their quarter-final game versus the Czech Republic and in the bronze medal game versus Finland.[95]

In December 2003, Kesler was released by the Vancouver Canucks to play in the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Kesler's second World Junior tournament.[96] Kesler scored two goals as the Americans went a perfect 4–0 to win Pool A and advance to the semi-finals.[97] There they defeated Finland 2–1, the team that had defeated them in the previous year's bronze medal game, to advance to the gold medal game versus Canada.[98] In the gold medal game, Kesler scored the game-tying goal 6:58 into the third period to even the score at 3–3.[99] After Canadian goaltender Marc-André Fleury cleared the puck off of teammate Braydon Coburn and into his own net, the Americans took the lead 4–3 and went on to win their first IIHF World U20 Championship in the tournament's history.[99] Kesler's play in the tournament was praised as he often took critical faceoffs and played on the Americans' most offensive line despite suffering a facial injury early in the tournament.[100]

Although having never played for the American national men's team, Kesler was named to the orientation camp for the American team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin held from September 5–8, 2005 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at World Arena.[101] Kesler, one of the youngest players at the camp, did not make the final roster for the Games.[16] Rather, Kesler made his national men's team debut three months after the Olympics at the 2006 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia.[102] Kesler finished the tournament with one point in seven games, assisting on a Yan Stastny goal in the United States' 3–0 victory versus Denmark.[103] He was named the United States' player of the game in their 6–0 quarter-final loss against Sweden.[104]

Having developed into a top defensive forward in recent seasons, Kesler was an early candidate to be selected to the American team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, at the time the city in which he played his NHL hockey.[105][106][107] The United States played Canada in the final game of the preliminary round to determine top spot in the pool. With United States up by a goal in the final minute, Kesler dove past opposing forward Corey Perry to score an empty-netter and secure the 5–3 win. In a rematch between the two teams in the gold medal game, Kesler scored in the second period on a deflection from Patrick Kane, ultimately losing by a score of 3–2 in overtime on Sidney Crosby's game-winning goal.[108]

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Kesler hooking Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews during a 2009 game

Playing style

Kesler is known as a two-way forward, capable of contributing both offensively and defensively. In his first few years in the NHL, he established his role as a shutdown forward, playing on the penalty kill and against opposing teams' top players. He also earned a reputation as an agitator, trash-talking and engaging opponents physically in between play. During the 2008–09 season, Kesler began adding a more offensive component to his game and was moved up to the Canucks' second line from third. With an increased points total, he earned league recognition with his first Selke Trophy nomination as the NHL's best defensive forward. He has since continued to improve his offensive skills while remaining defensively responsible.[109]

Among his most prevalent skills are his speed and wrist shot, the latter of which has improved alongside his recent years of increased offensive production. He is also proficient at taking faceoffs. On the penalty kill, he is an efficient shot blocker, using his body to get in the way of pucks. While competing on the powerplay, he often uses his size and strength to maintain position in front of the opposing net to either screen the goaltender or deflect shots.

Kesler's success as a player has been attributed to his competitiveness and desire to outwork opposing players. Kesler has recognized, however, that his competitive drive has often caused him to lose his composure. In the 2010 off-season, Canucks management encouraged him to play with more focus, maintaining his emotions and decreasing physical and verbal confrontation with opposing players. During the subsequent 2010–11 campaign, he gained media attention for changing his play accordingly while enjoying the best season of his career. Kesler has also credited the change with his role as a father, wanting to set a mature example for his children when they watch him play.[109]

Personal life

Ryan and his wife Andrea Kesler have three children: a daughter named Makayla Rylynn, born on May 15, 2008;[110] a son named Ryker, born on December 19, 2010;[111] and another daughter named Kinsley, born on July 23, 2013.[112] During the hockey season, they live with their three dogs in California.[113] In the off-season, they return to Kesler's hometown of Livonia, Michigan.[114] He keeps a Ford Mustang at his parents' home in Livonia, which he enjoys racing.[115]


In 2010 Kesler released a sportswear and clothing line named RK17

In March 2010, Kesler was announced as the cover athlete for the 2K Sports video game NHL 2K11, released several months later in August. He had previously worked with 2K Sports, doing motion capture for NHL 2K10.[116]

In November 2010, Kesler released his own line of sportswear and casual clothing. In partnership with Vancouver-based Firstar Sports, the line was branded "RK17".[117] A promotional photograph of Kesler modeling athletic underwear received considerable media attention in Vancouver and resulted in him being featured in ESPN's Body Issue magazine and named in a feature entitled "Most Beautiful People of B.C." by a local publication.[118]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Detroit Honeybaked MWEHL 72 44 73 117
2000–01 U.S. National Development Team U-18 26 8 20 28 24
2000–01 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 56 7 21 28 40
2001–02 U.S. National Development Team U-18 46 11 33 44 23
2001–02 U.S. National Development Team USHL 13 5 5 10 10
2001–02 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 10 5 6 11 4
2002–03 Ohio State Buckeyes CCHA 40 11 20 31 44
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 33 3 8 11 29
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 28 2 3 5 16
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 78 30 27 57 105 14 4 5 9 8
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 10 13 23 79
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 48 6 10 16 40 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 21 16 37 79
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 26 33 59 61 10 2 2 4 14
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 50 75 104 12 1 9 10 4
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 41 32 73 66 25 7 12 19 47
2011–12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 22 27 49 56 5 0 3 3 6
2012–13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 4 9 13 12 4 2 0 2 0
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 25 18 43 81
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 81 20 27 47 75 16 7 6 13 24
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 79 21 32 53 78 7 4 0 4 0
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 22 36 58 83 17 1 7 8 32
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 44 8 6 14 46 4 0 2 2 6
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 60 5 3 8 44
NHL totals 1,001 258 315 573 920 101 24 41 65 133


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States U18 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 2 5 7 4
2003 United States WJC 4th 7 3 4 7 6
2004 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 3 0 3 6
2006 United States WC 7th 7 0 1 1 0
2010 United States OG 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2 0 2 2
2014 United States OG 4th 6 1 3 4 0
2016 United States WCH 7th 3 0 0 0 4
Junior totals 21 8 9 17 16
Senior totals 22 3 4 7 6


International awards

Award Year
Best Player Award (IIHF World U18 Championships) 2002

League awards

Award Year
CCHA All-Rookie Team Honorable Mention 2003
AHL All-Star Game 2005
NHL All-Star Game 2011, 2017
Frank J. Selke Trophy 2011

Team awards

Award Year
George Burke Most Valuable Freshman (Ohio State Buckeyes) 2003
Most Valuable Player (Manitoba Moose) 2005
Cyclone Taylor Award (Vancouver Canucks' MVP) 2009
Most Exciting Player Award (Vancouver Canucks) 2011



  1. ^ Kesler received 105 of 125 first-place ballots, while also earning 14 second-place, 5 third-place and 2 fourth-place ballots.[82]
  2. ^ He received one first-place, three second-place, four third-place, five fourth-place and three fifth-place votes out of 125 ballots.[82]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
R. J. Umberger
Vancouver Canucks first round picks
Succeeded by
Cory Schneider
Preceded by
Pavel Datsyuk
Frank J. Selke Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Patrice Bergeron
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks season

The 2008–09 Vancouver Canucks season was the 39th season in the National Hockey League.

2009–10 Vancouver Canucks season

The 2009–10 Vancouver Canucks season was the 40th season the Vancouver Canucks franchise has played in the National Hockey League (NHL).

2010–11 Vancouver Canucks season

The 2010–11 Vancouver Canucks season was the 41st season in the modern Canucks history. The Vancouver Canucks won their fifth Northwest division title, third conference championship and first Presidents' Trophy. They also reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in franchise history, losing to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

2011 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2010–11 season, and the culmination of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins defeated the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks four games to three. The Bruins ended a 39-year Stanley Cup drought with the win. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

The Canucks had home ice advantage in the Finals by virtue of winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team that finished with the best regular season record (117 points). They were also the first Canadian team to have home ice advantage in the Finals since the Montreal Canadiens had it for the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens' victory in 1993 was also the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup. As of the 2017–18 season, this was the last Stanley Cup Finals to feature a Canadian team and that the Finals went the full seven games.

On June 1, 2011, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made an announcement that Colin Campbell would be stepping down as the league's head disciplinarian to be replaced by former player Brendan Shanahan, though Campbell would continue in his job as director of hockey operations. Mike Murphy, the NHL vice-president of hockey operations, had already been put in charge of disciplinary matters for the Finals, nonetheless there were concerns raised about Campbell's impartiality in handing out discipline since his son Gregory was an active player on the Boston Bruins roster.The first game of the series was held on June 1, while the seventh game was played on June 15. The games varied widely between those played in Vancouver and those in Boston. Prior to game seven, the Bruins had managed to score only two goals in three games played in Vancouver, against 17 scored in three games at Boston. On the other hand, while posting two shutouts in Vancouver, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was replaced with the backup Cory Schneider twice in three games in Boston. It was the fourth consecutive Stanley Cup Final in which the deciding game was won by the road team. The Bruins scored almost three times the number of total goals as the Canucks, (23 to 8 in the series), and yet the Canucks won three games. The eight goals scored by Vancouver is the lowest number of goals scored by any team in a seven-game Stanley Cup Final, and would've also been the lowest in a six-game series. The Canucks averaged 1.25 goals per game at home in Vancouver and one goal per game on the road, while the Bruins averaged almost six goals per game at home in Boston and 1.5 goals per game on the road. In the seven games, the Bruins averaged roughly 3.3 goals per game, while the Canucks averaged 1.14 goals per game.

2011 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 13, 2011, after the conclusion of the 2010–11 NHL regular season. The first game of the Finals was held on June 1, while the deciding seventh game was held on June 15.The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the Finals to capture their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972, their sixth overall Stanley Cup win. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the playoffs. Bruins forward David Krejci lead all playoff scorers with 23 points in 25 games.

2014 Heritage Classic

The 2014 NHL Heritage Classic was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game held indoor, part of the Heritage Classic series of outdoor NHL ice hockey games in Canada. It took place on March 2, 2014, in BC Place in Vancouver, with the Ottawa Senators facing off against the home team Canucks. It is the first "outdoor" game to be played in what technically is an indoor stadium, albeit one of a larger capacity than a typical NHL arena; BC Place is a retractable roof venue, and it is unknown if the stadium has the capabilities to keep its roof open during inclement weather (several stadiums of the type explicitly cannot be kept open in such an environment due to drainage concerns). The game was televised nationally in Canada on CBC and nationally in the United States on NBCSN.

It was announced hours before the game that the roof of BC Place would be closed for the duration of the game due to weather concerns.

The 2014 NHL Heritage Classic was also the last game to feature Roberto Luongo as a player for Vancouver.

2015 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 15, 2015, and ended on June 15, 2015, with the Chicago Blackhawks defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.

The New York Rangers made the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season. They also came back from a 3–1 series deficit for the second consecutive year. The Detroit Red Wings increased their consecutive post-season appearance streak to 24 seasons, the longest current streak at the time and tied for the fourth-longest streak in NHL history. The Winnipeg Jets qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the former Atlanta Thrashers franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011; the only time that the Thrashers/Jets franchise made the post-season was in 2007, and the last time that the city of Winnipeg hosted a playoff game was in 1996, the season before the previous Winnipeg Jets team relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Coyotes. The Ottawa Senators became the first team in the NHL's modern era (since 1943–44) to overcome a 14-point deficit in the standings to clinch a playoff spot. Also, the Calgary Flames returned to the playoffs after a six-year absence. In total, five Canadian NHL teams qualified for the post-season, the most since 2004.The Los Angeles Kings became the first defending Stanley Cup champions since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007 to fail to make the playoffs. The Boston Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and became the first reigning Presidents' Trophy winners to miss the post-season since the Buffalo Sabres in 2008 (and the third overall). In addition, the San Jose Sharks failed to make the post-season for the first time since 2003, ending the NHL's second-longest active playoff streak.For the first time since 2000, both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals went the full seven games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team in league history to face an Original Six team in all four rounds of the playoffs in the same year, as they played against the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively. They also became the fourth team to defeat three consecutive Original Six teams.The Lightning also tied the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers, 2004 Calgary Flames and 2014 Los Angeles Kings, for playing the most playoff games (26) in a post season.

Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since their inception, the Ducks have played their home games at the Honda Center.

The club was founded in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, a name based on the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. Disney sold the franchise in 2005 to Henry and Susan Samueli, who along with then-general manager Brian Burke changed the name of the team to the Anaheim Ducks before the 2006–07 season. The Ducks have made the playoffs 14 times (11 times in the past 14 seasons) and won six Pacific Division titles (2006–07, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 and 2016–17), two Western Conference championships (2002–03 and 2006–07) and one Stanley Cup (2006–07).

Cyclone Taylor Trophy

The Cyclone Taylor Award is the award given each year to the most valuable player on the Vancouver Canucks (a National Hockey League team). It is named after Cyclone Taylor, a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who led the Vancouver Millionaires to the Stanley Cup in 1915. The award was dedicated to him prior to the 1979-80 Canuck season, the season after his death on June 9, 1979, although an award for the Canucks MVP has existed since the team's inauguration in 1970. Previously it was a Canucks MVP Award as selected by the fans while the other MVP award, the President's Trophy was selected by CP Air and later Canadian Airlines. However after the 1995–96 season, the Cyclone Taylor Trophy officially became the lone Canucks MVP award since the winners of each trophy was identical.

The most prolific winner of the Cyclone Taylor Trophy is Markus Naslund, who has been awarded five times (including four straight from 2001 to 2004), followed by Trevor Linden with four. The trophy's present holder is Jacob Markstrom (2019).

Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament in ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from February 16-28, 2010. Games were hosted at two venues – Canada Hockey Place (renamed from "General Motors Place" for the Olympics due to IOC rules disallowing host venues to be named after non-Olympic sponsors) and UBC Thunderbird Arena. It was the fourth time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano that the National Hockey League allowed its players to compete. These Olympics were the first to take place in a city with an NHL team since then, which meant players on the Vancouver Canucks who were competing in the Olympics were playing in their home arena: Roberto Luongo for Canada, Ryan Kesler for the United States, Pavol Demitra for Slovakia, Sami Salo for Finland, Christian Ehrhoff for Germany, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin for Sweden.

Teams from twelve national hockey associations competed, seeded into three groups for the preliminary round. The tournament consisted of 30 games: 18 in the preliminary round (teams played the other teams in their own group); 4 qualification playoff games; 4 quarterfinal games; 2 semifinal games; 1 bronze medal game; and 1 gold medal game.During the tournament, Teemu Selänne of Finland became the all-time leader for points scored in the Olympics. He notched an assist in his second game of the tournament for 37 career points, surpassing Valeri Kharlamov of the Soviet Union, Vlastimil Bubník of Czechoslovakia, and Harry Watson of Canada. Sweden's goaltender Henrik Lundqvist set a modern-day Olympic shutout streak record of 172 minutes and 34 seconds, continuous from the final of the gold medal game of the 2006 Olympics until Sweden's quarterfinal against Slovakia.The tournament was won by Canada for the record eighth time (one more than the Soviet Union), which defeated the United States in overtime in the gold medal game. Canada's loss to the U.S. in the preliminary round of the tournament remains, as of the conclusion of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, their most recent defeat in non-exhibition best-on-best international men's play.

Jared McCann

Jared McCann (born May 31, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). McCann was selected by the Canucks in the first round (24th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, a pick acquired by Vancouver from the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 Ryan Kesler trade. McCann was traded from his original team, the Vancouver Canucks to the Florida Panthers in 2016. He was later traded to his current team, the Penguins, in 2019.


Kesler may refer to one of these people:

Charles R. Kesler, academic

Gordon Kesler, Canadian politician

Hindrek Kesler (b. 1958), Estonian architect

Jay Kesler, academic

Reg Kesler (1919–2001), Canadian rodeo stock contractor

Ryan Kesler (b. 1984), American professional ice hockey player

Stan Kesler (b. 1928), American musician, songwriter and record producer

Kessler (name)

Kessler or Keßler is a surname of German and Jewish (Ashkenazi) origins. It is an occupational name that means coppersmith. In alpine countries the name derived from the definition: the one living in the basin of a valley.People named Kessler includes:

Amalia Kessler, American lawyer

Andy Kessler, (born 1959), author, investor, financier

Andy Kessler, (died 2009), skateboarder

Barbara Kessler, American singer-songwriter

Chad Kessler (basketball), American basketball player

Chad Kessler (American football) (born 1975), American football player

Cody Kessler, American football player

Daniel Kessler, lead guitarist for post-punk band Interpol

David Aaron Kessler, scientist and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

David Kessler (actor), (1860–1920) – Yiddish actor

Donald J. Kessler, NASA scientist

Alice & Ellen Kessler, known for their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959

Frederick P. Kessler, Wisconsin legislator

Friedrich Kessler, (1901-1998), American academic and scholar

Geldolph Adriaan Kessler, Dutch industrialist and footballer

George Kessler, city planner and landscape architect

Germán Kessler (born 1994), Uruguayan rugby union player

Gladys Kessler, American jurist

Glenn Kessler (journalist), American journalist and author

Glenn Kessler (screenwriter), American screenwriter and television producer

Grant Kessler, (born 1956) American author, inventor

Gustav Kessler, German trade unionist

Harry Graf Kessler (1868–1937), an Anglo-German count, diplomat, writer, and patron of modern art

Heinz Kessler (1920–2017), general from East Germany

Henry Kessler (1847–1900), American baseball player

Jason Kessler (born 1983), organizer of the deadly white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA

Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch oil explorer

Jimmy Kessler, the first native Texan to assume leadership of Congregation B'nai Israel, Galveston, Texas

John Kessler, Wisconsin legislator

John Kessler (naval historian) (1761–1840)

Josef Alois Kessler, Volga German bishop

Joseph Christoph Kessler, German pianist and composer

Julius Kessler, was the founder of Kessler Whiskey

Karl Fedorovich Kessler (1815–1881), German-Russian zoologist; author of zoological taxa signed Kessler

Karl G. Kessler (1919–1997), American physicist

Liz Kessler, British author of children's books

Matthias Kessler, German professional road racing cyclist

Meredith Kessler (born 1978), American athlete

Meir Kessler, rabbi

Michael Kessler, German actor and comedian

Michael G. Kessler, cited as first "forensic auditor", founder of Kessler International

Mikkel Kessler, Danish boxer

Minuetta Kessler (1914-2002), Canadian/American concert pianist, classical music composer, and educator

Nadine Keßler, retired German footballer

Robert Kessler, All American basketball player (Purdue) and GM executive

Ronald Kessler, American journalist and author

Ryan Kesler, American NHL player

List of Vancouver Canucks records

This is a list of franchise records for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, which dates from the 1970–71 season to present.


NHL 2K is a series of hockey games by 2K Sports for the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, iPhone, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii. Initially discontinued after the release of NHL 2K11 in 2010, the brand was revived on mobile devices in 2014. The games are officially licensed from the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association. While its games were released on consoles, its main competition was EA Sports' NHL video games.

NHL 2K11

NHL 2K11 is an ice hockey video game, developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports.

The game was announced on March 3, 2010, as a Wii-exclusive game. It was the first game in the NHL 2K series since NHL 2K7 not to be released on the PlayStation 3, the first since NHL 2K6 not to be released on the Xbox 360, the first since NHL 2K3 to not be released on the PlayStation 2, and the last game in the NHL 2K series to be released on the Wii, as the next entry in the series is released only on iOS and Android devices. Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said that "As far as NHL, we're taking a year off on PS3 and Xbox 360 to refine, redesign and re-think". This was the last game for the NHL 2k series.

Then Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler is the cover athlete for NHL 2K11.

Pavel Bure Most Exciting Player Award

The Pavel Bure Most Exciting Player Award is an annual award presented by the Vancouver Canucks to the player judged to be team's most exciting as voted by the fans. It is one of six annual team awards presented to Canucks players, awarded on the last home game of the regular season. Although the Canucks Media Guide does not recognize any recipients prior to the 1992–93 season, there is record of an annual winner every year since the Canucks' inaugural season in 1970. Prior to the 2013-14 NHL season, the award was simply known as the Most Exciting Player Award. On November 1, 2013, Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced that it would be renamed the Pavel Bure Most Exciting Player Award in honor of the team's first Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and five-time winner of the award, Pavel Bure. The most recent recipient is Elias Pettersson, who received the award for the first time in his career in the 2018–19 NHL season.

The most prolific award winners in Canucks history have been:

Tony Tanti – 5 times (1984–88)

Pavel Bure – 5 (1992–1995, 1998)

Todd Bertuzzi – 4 (2000, 2002–2004)

Bobby Lalonde – 3 (1975–1977)

Alexandre Burrows - 3 (2008–10)

Ryan Bourque

Ryan Bourque (born January 3, 1991) is an American ice hockey forward currently playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque and the brother of former NHL forward and teammate Chris Bourque. He was a 3rd round draft choice (80th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has won four medals in International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) playing for the United States – a gold and a bronze medal in World Under 18 Ice Hockey Championship and a gold and a bronze medal in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He is a fast, energetic, tenacious, versatile forward who is considered strong defensively – a smaller version of Ryan Kesler.

Sunday Night Hockey

Sunday Night Hockey (abbreviated as SNHSS)is a weekly presentation of National Hockey League games that air on NBCSN on Sundays during the regular season. Sunday Night Hockey usually debuts during the second Sunday of January.

The package made its debut on January 10, 2016, featuring a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild. Following the game, NBCSN premiered a weekly recap show, NHL Sunday Shootout, which is a summary of the previous week's NHL action.

During the 2016–17 NHL season, NBC Sports began to promote both the Game of the Week and Sunday Night Hockey broadcasts under the Star Sunday brand, focusing primarily on the NHL's star players. Star Sunday features extensive pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage of each featured player. The first game under the new package featured the Wild visiting the Anaheim Ducks on January 5, 2017. The game's featured players were Minnesota's Ryan Suter and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler.

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