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Abbotsford sign Keith ,Nyren

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice-President and General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of Matt Keith and Giffen Nyren to American Hockey League deals with the Abbotsford Heat.

Keith, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd round (59th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2009-10 season with the Rockford Icehogs (AHL) netting 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points in 69 games and has over 400 American League games to his credit.

MATT KEITH - CENTRE

BORN: Edmonton, AB DATE: April 11, 1983

HEIGHT: 6'2" WEIGHT: 200 lbs.

SHOOTS: Right

DRAFTED: CHI - 2nd round, 59th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on September 27, 2010

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998-99 Spokane Chiefs WHL 7 1 0 1 4 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Spokane Chiefs WHL 39 1 3 4 37 15 1 2 3 11
2000-01 Spokane Chiefs WHL 33 13 14 27 63 12 1 3 4 14
2001-02 Spokane Chiefs WHL 68 34 33 67 71 11 5 5 10 16
2002-03 Spokane Chiefs WHL 7 2 2 4 11 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 49 25 26 51 32 23 6 7 13 30
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 66 13 13 26 57 8 1 2 3 10
2003-04 Chicago NHL 20 2 3 5 10 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 80 18 31 49 74 6 0 1 1 0
2005-06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 72 26 19 45 61 3 0 1 1 0
2005-06 Chicago NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Chicago NHL 2 0 0 0 4 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 19 2 8 10 15 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Portland Pirates AHL 44 10 12 22 22 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Portland Pirates AHL 34 5 5 10 13 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Bridgeport AHL 42 8 9 17 22 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 New York Is. NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Ingolstadt ERC DEL 46 15 13 28 60 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 69 21 20 41 27 4 0 0 0 2
TOTALS NHL 27 2 3 5 14
AHL 426 103 117 220 291 21 1 4 5 12

Nyren, a native of Calgary, Alberta, spent the last half of the 2009-10 season with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) adding five goals and 26 assists to his totals from Kamloops to finish off the regular season with 42 points in 70 games. He also added 18 points in 23 post season games with the Hitmen as they captured the 2010 WHL Championship.

GIFFEN NYREN - DEFENSE

BORN: Calgary, AB DATE: April 18, 1989

HEIGHT: 6'0'' WEIGHT: 185 lbs.

SHOOTS: Left

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on September 27, 2010

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Moose Jaw WHL 61 2 13 15 45 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Moose Jaw WHL 69 7 15 22 58 6 0 2 2 2
2008-09 Kamloops Blazers WHL 69 11 35 46 88 4 1 1 2 10
2009-10 Kamloops Blazers WHL 25 3 8 11 38 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Calgary Hitmen WHL 45 5 26 31 55 23 5 13 18 41
TOTALS WHL 269 28 97 125 284 33 6 16 22 53

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