Kris Versteeg

Canadian ice hockey player

Kristopher Royce Versteeg (born May 13, 1986) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. He played for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers.

Kris Versteeg
Versteeg during his time with the Blackhawks in December 2014
Born (1986-05-13) May 13, 1986 (age 37)
Lethbridge, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
Florida Panthers
Calgary Flames
Los Angeles Kings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 134th overall, 2004
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2006–2020

Career change

Before playing in the NHL, Versteeg played 5 seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL). 3 seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 1 seasons with the Kamloops Blazers and 1 season with the Red Deer Rebels.

He was drafted with the 134th overall pick by the Boston Bruins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played 2 seasons with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Providence Bruins and was traded along with a conditional draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brandon Bochenski.[1]

He played 3 seasons with the Blackhawks and won the Stanley Cup with them during the 2009–10 NHL season. His name was originally misspelled "Kris Vertseeg" when it was engraved on the Stanley Cup but it was quickly corrected afterwards.[2] Versteeg was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with the rights to prospect Bill Sweatt for Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico, and Philippe Paradis because of salary cap restraints.[3]

He played 1 season with the Maple Leafs and was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for first-round and third-round draft picks.[4] He only played 20 games for the Flyers and was again traded, this time to the Florida Panthers for a second-round and a third-round pick.[5]

Versteeg would play 1 season and 28 games with the Panthers before being traded back to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 14, 2013 in exchange for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.[6] On June 15, 2015, he won his second Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.[7]

On September 11, 2015, Versteeg was traded along with Joakim Nordström to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Versteeg and Nordström were traded because the Blackhawks had to make cap space for Marcus Kruger.[8]

Awards change

  • 2x Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2015)

References change

  1. "Blackhawks Acquire Versteeg For Bochenski". Chicago Blackhawks. Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  2. "'Vertseeg' has name misspelled on Cup". Fox News. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  3. "Leafs Obtain Versteeg From Blackhawks". Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  4. "Flyers acquire Versteeg from Leafs". NHL. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  5. "Flyers Trade Versteeg To Panthers". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  6. "Blackhawks acquire Versteeg from Florida". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  7. "Blackhawks win Stanley Cup, defeat Lightning". NHL. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  8. "Canes Acquire Versteeg, Nordstrom from Hawks". Carolina Hurricanes. Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-10-19.

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