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Wings, DeKeyser agree on new deal

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Danny DeKeyser on a two-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

DeKeyser, 24, was named the Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association after registering 23 points (4-19-23) and a plus-10 rating in 65 games. The rookie defenseman also averaged 21:38 of ice time, second to only Niklas Kronwall. This season, he ranked among the NHL’s top rookie blueliners in points (8th), plus-minus (T4th) and ice time (2nd). He also placed third among all rookies, and second on Detroit overall, with 116 blocked shots. Following the conclusion of the season, DeKeyser represented Team USA for the first time at the IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, tallying two assists in eight games.

The Macomb, Mich., native appeared in 11 regular-season and two postseason games for the Red Wings during the 2012-13 season. 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.

Prior to turning professional, DeKeyser spent three seasons (2010-13) with the CCHA’s Western Michigan Broncos, logging 49 points (12-37-49) in 118 games. The 6-foot-3, 190-lb., blueliner was named to the NCAA Second All-American Team and CCHA First All-Star Team in 2013 after capturing the CCHA’s Best Defensive Defenseman for the second consecutive season. He was also honored as a freshman in 2011 on the CCHA All-Rookie Team and as a sophomore in 2012 on the CCHA Second All-Star Team after helping the Broncos to a conference championship.

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