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Red Wings, DeKeyser agree to terms

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Danny DeKeyser on a six-year contract.

DeKeyser scored a career-high eight goals for the Red Wings in 2015-16 and contributed 20 points (8-12-20) in 78 total games for the club. The 26-year-old blueliner placed second on the club in average time on ice (21:48) and also ranked among team leaders with three game-winning goals (T3rd), 88 hits (8th) and 107 blocked shots (1st). DeKeyser has skated in 234 career games for the Red Wings since signing with the team as a free agent following his junior season at Western Michigan University and has totaled 75 points (14-61-75), 118 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating. The Detroit, Mich., native has also added a goal and an assist in 19 career NHL postseason games.

The 6-foot-3, 191-pound defenseman logged 49 points (12-37-49) in 118 games while skating for the Broncos from 2010-13. He was named to the 2013 NCAA Second All-American Team and 2013 CCHA First All-Star Team, while capturing the CCHA’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award in 2012 and 2013. He also helped his school to a CCHA conference championship in 2012, earning a spot on the CCHA Second All-Star Team in the process. Following the conclusion of Detroit’s postseason run in 2013, he joined the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs and helped the team capture their first-ever championship, logging one assist in six contests. He also represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, picking up two assists in eight games.

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