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Ryan Kesler  #17

Anaheim Ducks  Center
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: August 31, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Livonia, MI, United States
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: VAN / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (23rd overall)
Kesler won a gold medal, alongside Olympic teammates Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, at the 2004 World Junior Championship to win the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. at the event. He had his first taste of international gold in 2002, winning the World Under-18 Championship.

He recorded 72 points (19-53-72) in 72 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2000-01 and 2001-02. He joins six other NTDP alumni (Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Mike Komisarek, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Ryan Suter) on the 2010 Olympic roster.

Kesler was the 2009 runner-up for the NHL’s Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.

He is one of seven Vancouver Canucks on Olympic rosters. Along with the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings, the Canucks have the second most players named to Olympic teams.

Quote of the Day

There's standards that this team is going to play to and there are expectations. We're going to hold these guys accountable to high standards.

— Coach Dave Lowry on Canada's junior team, the defending IIHF World Junior champions