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Canucks Sign Ryan Kesler

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed centre Ryan Kesler to a three year deal. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kesler, 22, appeared in 48 games for the Canucks last season, recording 16 points (6-10-16) and 40 penalty minutes. He missed the last 34 games of the regular season due to a hip injury.

The former first round draft pick made his NHL Playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final series against the Dallas Stars on April 11, 2007, registering two shots and logging 27:51 of ice-time before suffering a season-ending hand injury. In 158 career games with the Canucks, Kesler has tallied 18 goals, 26 assists (18-26-44) and 135 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-2, 205 pound native of Livonia, Michigan has experienced success on the international stage, most recently playing for Team USA at the 2006 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Latvia. Kesler scored the game-tying goal in the Final at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki to help win the gold medal for the U.S. He was also a member of the 2002 squad that captured the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Kesler received the Best Player Award at the conclusion of the tournament.

Kesler was selected in the first round, 23rd overall by the Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.


Number: 17
Position: Centre
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205 lbs
Shoots: Right
Born: Livonia, MI
Date: Aug. 31, 1984

Acquired: Vancouver's 1st choice, 23rd overall, in 2003 Entry Draft.

Married... has 3 dogs... Lives in Michigan in off-season...Lists favourite television show as Seinfeld...Enjoys playing golf...Oldest piece of hockey equipment is his shoulder pads, which he has had for eight years...Lists his dad and Mike Modano as his mentors.

2005-2006 NHL Season
Scored his ninth goal of the season, playing in his 100th career game, Mar. 25 vs Edm... Recorded his first goal of the season, Oct. 14 at Min.

2004-05: Season marked the most games played in his professional career (78).

2003-2004: Played in the World Junior Championships scoring the tying goal in USA's 4-3 Gold Medal win at WJC Jan. 5... Joined US National Team for World Juniors...Registered first NHL point (an assist) Nov. 25 at Montreal...Played in first career NHL game Nov. 24 at Toronto...Scored two goals, including the game winner.

2002-03: Played for Team USA Junior National Team... Ranked second in team scoring at 2003 IIHF World Junior with seven points.. Earned player of the game honors against Czechs and Finland...Was named league rookie of the week three times.

2001-02: Led the Under-18 US National Development Team in scoring...A member of the squad that claimed the IIHF World Under-18 Championship... Received the Best Player Award at the conclusion of that tournament and was the player of the game in the tilt between the U.S. and Canada...Also won a gold medal at the Under-17 Challenge.

2000-01: Ranked in the top three in scoring for the Under-17 Team posting 11 goals and 31 assists in 69 games...Won a silver medal at the Three Nations Cup.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Club Lea. GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
2001-02 US Jr. Nationals USHL 13 5 5 10 10 - - - - -
2002-03 Ohio State NCAA 40 11 20 31 44 - - - - -
2003-04 Manitoba AHL 33 3 8 11 29 - - - - -
Vancouver NHL 28 2 3 5 16 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Manitoba AHL 78 30 28 58 105 14 4 5 9 8
2005-06 Vancouver NHL 82 10 13 23 79 - - - - -
2006-07 Vancouver NHL 48 6 10 16 40 1 0 0 0 0
NHL TOTALS NHL 110 12 16 28 95 0 0 0 0 0
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