Kris Versteeg

Kris Versteeg  #23

Chicago Blackhawks  Left Wing
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: May 13, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Lethbridge, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 176 DRAFTED: BOS / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 5th   (134th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar 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 /> Versteeg played 13 games for the Blackhawks in 2007, including an eight-game stretch in January when he averaged nearly 16 minutes per game. On January 3, 2007, he recorded his first NHL points (a goal and an assist against Phoenix). <br /> <br /> In junior, he played alongside Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook on the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL for three seasons (2002-2005). He spent most of his last season in the WHL (2005-06) as a defenseman. <br /> <br /> Played for New Jersey head coach Brent Sutter in Red Deer (WHL), New York Islanders head coach Scott Gordon in Providence (AHL) and Chicago assistant coach Mike Haviland in Rockford (AHL). <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his linemates: &quot;Playing with Toews and Kane does make it a heck of a lot easier. The greatest thing about being given a chance is making the best of it, and I've been trying to do that.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the 2009 Winter Classic: &quot;A year ago I was just getting called up for the second time. Now I'm here in the NHL trying to be a full-timer. It's been a tough road, but it's been a great road I wouldn't trade for anything. Just being part of this (Winter Classic) experience has been the ride of a lifetime.&quot; <br /> <br /> On being small in minor hockey: &quot;I never played at the highest levels and sometimes was cut because I was too small. The next year I'd always bounce back stronger, and I felt I got better because of the adversity.&quot; <br /> <br /> On making his debut (Nov. 22, 2007) in Calgary: &quot;There (was) a lot of friends and family there. I told everyone I wanted to play in the Saddledome someday. To play my first NHL game there (was) a little surreal. &quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Chicago Head Coach Joel Quenneville: &quot;From where he was at the start of the summer to today shows how much he's capable of. He's a young kid with a good personality in the way he comes to the rink. He's got a lot of energy, good speed, good patience and vision with the puck. And playing with two good players complements his game.&quot; <br /> <br /> Chicago Blackhawks linemate Jonathan Toews: &quot;He's smart -- he's like Kaner. He has great hands and he has his head up. He's kind of like a little water bug out there. He's a pretty quick little skater, and he's in the right places. You feed him the puck and he can shoot. When you have another weapon like that, it just makes your line more dangerous.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="">Versteeg keeping up nicely with Kane, Toews</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=30352">BlackhawksTV: Picked for YoungStars Game</a><br /> <a href=";id=27654">BlackhawksTV: The Magic Uniform</a><br /> <br />
Quote of the Day

It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday