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Blues Re-Sign Keith Tkachuk

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Friday the club has re-signed Keith Tkachuk to a one-year contract.

“Keith is a veteran leader who played a key role with our club’s success this past season,” said Davidson. “He and his wife Chantal are first class people and have been tremendous to the St. Louis Blues organization and the St. Louis community.”

Tkachuk, 37, played in 79 games for the Blues this past season, registering 49 points (25 goals, 24 assists) along with 61 penalty minutes. His 25 goals marked the 15th time in his 17 National Hockey League seasons that he has scored 20-plus goals. Tkachuk became the 72nd NHL player to reach the 1,000 point milestone and just the seventh US-born player after scoring a power play goal on Nov. 30, 2008 at Atlanta. He also became the fourth NHL player to record 1,000 points and over 2,000 penalty minutes in a career.

Tkachuk has played in 476 games with the Blues over eight seasons, recording 395 points (195 goals, 200 assists) and 621 penalty minutes. On the Blues’ all-time records lists, he currently ranks 8th in points (395), 6th in goals (195), 7th in game-winning goals (28) and 4th in power play goals (91).

Tkachuk has played in 1,134 NHL games, amassing 1,033 points (525 goals, 508 assists) along with 2,163 penalty minutes. He has twice been named to the NHL Second All-Star Team (1995 and 1998) and played in the NHL All-Star Game five times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009).

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.

Tkachuk was originally selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, 19th overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

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