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7 Facts: Tom Kuhnhackl

Get to know one of the New York Islanders free agents

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders signed Tom Kuhnhackl to a one-year contract on Monday. Kuhnhackl is a 26-year-old winger, from Landshut, Germany and has played three full seasons in the NHL all with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-18). 

He's 6'2, 196 lbs., a left-handed shot and was drafted in 2010 (R4, P110) by the Penguins. Get to know one of the newest New York Islanders in this edition of 7 Facts. 


1. HIS STATS: 

Kuhnhackl has 39 points (11G, 28A) in 168 career NHL games - all with Pittsburgh. Kuhnhackl recorded eight points (2G, 6A) in 69 games last season. He had a career year in 2016-17, recording 16 points (4G, 12A) in 57 games. 


2. HE'S A TWO-TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPION:

Kuhnhackl was a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup winning teams in 2016 and 2017. Kuhnhackl has seven points (3G, 4A) in 45 career playoff games - all with Pittsburgh. 


3. HE'S A PHYSICAL PLAYER:

Kuhnhackl dished out 139 hits in 69 games last season and is willing to block shots, getting in front of 50 pucks last season. 


4. HE KILLS PENALTIES: 

Kuhnhackl averaged 2:08 SH/TOI per game last season for the Penguins, making him one of Pittsburgh's most-used penalty-killing forwards. Kuhnhackl averaged 1:47 SH/TOI in the 2016-17 season.


5. HE'S GERMAN: 

Kuhnhackl hails from Landshut, Germany, a southeastern city close to the Czech and Austrian borders. Kuhnhackl played for his hometown team in Germany's second league and represented his country at the 2011 World Juniors and at the Olympic qualifiers in 2016. 


6. HIS DAD IS A BIG DEAL IN GERMAN HOCKEY: 

Kuhnhackl's father, Erich, played professionally in Germany from 1968-89 and was voted as Germany's "Ice Hockey Player of the Century." Erich Kuhnhackl played in three Olympic Games (1972, 76, 84) with West Germany, winning bronze in 1976, and played with 10 World Championships. 

Erich Kuhnhackl is in the IIHF Hall of Fame and set German league records with 83 goals and 155 points in 48 games in the 1979-80 Bundesliga season.  


7. HE PLAYED TWO YEARS IN THE OHL:

Kuhnhackl went to the Windsor Spitfires in the first round (24th overall) in the 2009 CHL Import Draft. Kuhnhackl recorded 68 points (39G, 29A) in 63 games in his first OHL season (2010-11) and recorded 29 points (8G, 21A) in 34 games in his second season split between Windsor and Niagara. 

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