Thursday, April 29, 2010
GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
USA Hockey announced today that Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle
will represent Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany, May 7-23.
Yandle, 23, appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Coyotes this season, recording 12-29-41 with 45 penalty minutes (PIM) and a +16 rating. Yandle set new career-highs in goals, assists, points, PIM, plus/minus, games played, power play goals (5), game winning goals (2) and shots (145) while leading all Coyotes defensemen in scoring. His 41 points also ranked T-23rd among all NHL defensemen this season. During the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Yandle ranked T-2nd on the Coyotes with five points (2-3-5) in seven games.
A native of Boston, Mass., Yandle has appeared in 201 career NHL games with the Coyotes, collecting 21-64-85 and 104 PIM. He has also registered 7-41-48 in 99 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with San Antonio and appeared in the 2007 AHL All-Star Game. Prior to his professional career, Yandle played one season for Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and was named the Canadian Major Junior Defensemen of the Year after recording 25-59-84 in 66 games.
Yandle, who was drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft, will be making his first appearance with Team USA.