DETROIT – Red Wings general manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser on a two-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DeKeyser, 23, spent the past three seasons patrolling the blue line at Western Michigan University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. During his freshman campaign in 2010-11, DeKeyser posted 17 points (5-12-17) in 42 games, led the Broncos with 54 blocked shots and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. The 6-3, 198-lb. defenseman played his first year at Western Michigan under current Grand Rapids Griffins head coach and former Red Wings assistant coach, Jeff Blashill.
DeKeyser played his sophomore and junior seasons under the tutelage of former National Hockey League bench boss Andy Murray. In 2011-12, his second season at Western Michigan, the Clay Township, Mich., native skated in 41 games, collecting 17 points (5-12-17) and 42 penalty minutes. He was selected as the CCHA’s best defensive defenseman and named a Second Team All-American. This past season, DeKeyser appeared in 35 games for the Broncos, notching 15 points (2-13-15) and finishing second on the team with 56 blocked shots. He was a CCHA All-Conference First Team selection as voted on by the 11 CCHA head coaches and was also honored as the CCHA’s best defensive defenseman for the second consecutive season.