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Keith Tkachuk

Keith Tkachuk  #7

Left Wing
NUMBER: 7 BIRTHDATE: March 28, 1972
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Melrose, MA, United States
WEIGHT: 235 DRAFTED: WIN / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (19th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Tkachuk became the 72nd National Hockey League player to record his 1,000th point and just the seventh U.S.-born player. He also becomes the fourth NHL player to record 1,000 points and over 2,000 penalty minutes in a career. In addition, he is the fourth Blue in history to record his 1,000th NHL point while donning the Blue Note (Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis and Pierre Turgeon are the others). <br /> <br /> The Melrose, Massachusetts native has represented the United States in six different international competitions, including the 1992, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in 2002. He also played in the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey, helping the United States win the championship in 1996. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On scoring his 500th goal (April 2008): &quot;Just the reaction I got from my teammates coming onto the ice, I don't care how old you are - it makes you feel pretty good. You're just trying to survive and make it in the NHL. 16 years later, you look back at a number, a lot of hard work by your parents, and the people around you ... and all the great players I played with, they're the reason why I'm in this situation.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the future of his career: &quot;I still love to play, but I'm just playing one game at a time. Somebody asked me if I'd like to play in the 2010 Olympics and I just laughed. If I get past our next game, then I'll play the one after that.&quot; <br /> <br /> On helping the young players: &quot;It's hard (for young players). That's why you've got to help them along in areas where they're probably not used to everything. Talking to them, pulling them aside when the coach gives them a hard time. Let them know that they're not alone. We have to be a team to get through this together. I've been yelled at more times than any of these guys will ever imagine. That's part of being a pro and fighting through it ... the only thing that I really disagree on with the young guys is the music they listen to before the game. I think I'm on an island by myself on that one.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> St. Louis Blues Head Coach Andy Murray: &quot;He plays with passion and that's why he's played so well for so long. You have to play with passion to play a game this hard, at this level, for so long. And, remember, Keith has never been a fancy goal scorer who skates around the perimeter ... if you looked at how he's scored most of his goals in the NHL, they've all been in front of the net, two feet in front of the net, him laying on his butt after the puck goes across the line. That's how I picture a Keith Tkachuk goal.&quot; <br /> <br /> St. Louis Blues forward Paul Kariya: &quot;Keith is an unbelievable hockey player. He does so many things well. He loves to play that give-and-go style of game, and that's a game I love to play, too, so it's pretty quick in terms of the chemistry (as linemates).&quot; <br /> <br /> <!--<a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=400186&amp;cmpid=rss">Kane eager for the Winter Classic to arrive</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=398201">Sizzling Kane right at home in Chicago</a> <br /> <br />--> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=9827">&quot;Inside the NHL&quot; with with Keith Tkachuk</a><br /> <a href="http://blues.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=27687">1,000 Point Ceremony</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1996-97</td> <td>West</td> <td>7-11</td> <td align="center">L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1997-98</td> <td>N. America</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1998-99</td> <td>N. America</td> <td>8-6</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003-04</td> <td>West</td> <td>4-6</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">0</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">-7</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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