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Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein
Defenseman  - NYR
Number: 8
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 199
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 13, 1984  (Age 30)
Birthplace: Kitchener, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Traded to Rangers by Nashville in exchange for Michael Del Zotto on January 22, 2014.
Drafted: NSH / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (37th overall)
NHL CAREER
2013-14: Was credited with two blocked shots in 15:46 of ice time while making his Rangers debut on Jan. 23 vs. STL ... Tallied his first point as a Ranger with a goal on Mar. 11 at CAR ... Re- corded his first assist as a Ranger and tied single-game career-highs with two assists and two points on Mar. 14 at WPG ... Registered one goal and two assists in 47 games with Nashville prior to being traded ... Skated in his 400th career NHL game on Jan. 11 vs. OTT ... Established playoff career-highs in games played (25), assists (three), plus/minus rating (plus-seven), shots on goal (18), hits (53), and blocked shots (30), and tied a playoff career-high in points (four) ... Tied for second on the team and tied for eighth in the NHL in plus/minus rating in the playoffs ... Ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots and sixth on the team in hits ... Posted a plus or even rating in 22 of 25 playoff contests ... Made his Rangers playoff debut in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals vs. PHI on Apr. 17 ... Recorded his first playoff point as a Ranger with an assist in Game 7 vs. PHI on Apr. 30 ... Registered three points (one goal, two assists) in a four-game span from Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at PIT on May 9 to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at MTL on May 17 ... Notched his first playoff goal as a Ranger in Game 5 at PIT on May 9.
2012-13
: Ranked in the top 30 in the NHL in blocked shots for the third consecutive season ... Finished second on Nashville in blocked shots (89), third in average ice time (20:25), fourth in hits (66), and fourth in even-strength points (14) ... Tied a career-high with a three-game point streak from Apr. 1 at CHI to Apr. 4 vs. CBJ (one goal, two assists over the span) ... Notched a goal and recorded a single-game career-high, six shots on goal on Apr. 4 vs. CBJ ... Posted two multi-assist efforts – Feb. 7 vs. LAK and Mar. 21 vs. CGY.
2011-12
: Established career-highs in assists (17), points (21), and game-winning goals (two), and tied a career-high in goals (four) ... Led Nashville in blocked shots (151), ranked third in average ice time (19:56), and sixth in hits (84) ... Ranked third among Nashville defense- men in assists and points and tied for fourth in goals ... Skated in his 300th career NHL game on Mar. 20 vs. EDM ... Recorded the first game-winning goal of his career on Oct. 8 at STL ... Established playoff career- highs in goals (two) and points (four) ... Led the team in playoff blocked shots (22), and tied for fourth on the team – and tied for first among Nashville defensemen – in goals and points in the playoffs ... Registered a single game playoff career-high two points (one goal, one assist) in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter- finals at DET on Apr. 15 ... Tallied the first game-winning goal of his career in postseason action in Game 4 at DET on Apr. 17 ... Notched a goal in consecutive games in Game 3 and Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at DET on Apr. 15 and Apr. 17.
2010-11
: Established career-highs in plus/minus rating (plus- nine), blocked shots (173), hits (128), average ice time (20:47), and shots on goal (99), and tied a career-high in games played (81) ... Was one of 10 NHL defensemen with at least 150 blocked shots and 125 hits ... Led Nashville in blocked shots and ranked fifth on the team in hits ... Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Jan. 5 at ANA ... Registered a career-best, three-game point streak from Dec. 1 at CBJ to Dec. 6 at ATL (one goal, two assists over the span) ... Led the team in blocked shots (27) and ranked fourth in hits (27) in the playoffs ... Tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at ANA on Apr. 22.
2009-10
: Established career-highs in games played (81) and penalty minutes (27) ... Led Nashville in blocked shots (147) and ranked fourth in hits (101) ... Recorded two assists, including an assist on the game- winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 23:21 of ice time on Dec. 14 at CBJ ... Tallied an assist and posted a single-game career-high, plus-three rating on Nov. 28 vs. FLA ... Skated in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 17 vs. SJS ... Registered points in consecutive games on Oct. 29 vs. CHI and Oct. 31 vs. DAL ... Tied for third on Nashville, and tied for first among team defensemen, in assists (two), ranked second on the team in blocked shots (10), and finished fifth on the team in hits (15) in the playoffs ... Made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at CHI on Apr. 16 ... Tallied his first career NHL playoff point with an assist in Game 3 vs. CHI on Apr. 20.
2008-09
: Established career-highs in goals (four) and power play goals (one) ... Tied for fifth among NHL rookie defensemen in goals and tied for seventh among NHL rookie defensemen in points (12) ... Recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists on Mar. 3 vs. EDM ... Registered his first career NHL power play goal on Dec. 26 vs. DET ... Tallied a point in three straight games from Oct. 13 at CHI to Oct. 23 vs. CGY (one goal, two assists over the span).
2007-08
: Registered his first career NHL assist and posted a plus-two rating on Oct. 25 vs. ATL.
2006-07
: Tallied his first career NHL point with a goal and posted a plus-two rating on Jan. 26 at CHI.
2005- 06
: Made his NHL debut on Dec. 3 vs. PHI.

AHL CAREER
2007-08: Registered three assists in nine games with Milwaukee.
2006-07
: Es- tablished an AHL career-high in penalty minutes (67) ... Ranked third among Milwaukee defensemen in goals (five), assists (15), and points (20) ... Registered one goal in four playoff games.
2005-06
: Established AHL career-highs in games played (76), goals (10), assists (33), and points (43) ... Led all Milwaukee defense- men in assists and points, and ranked second among team defensemen in goals ... Established playoff ca- reer-highs in games played (21), goals (three), assists (seven), points (10), plus-minus rating (plus-11), and penalty minutes (31) ... Tied for first on the team and fifth in the AHL in plus-minus rating in the playoffs.
2004-05
: Split his first professional season between Milwaukee (AHL) and Rockford (UHL) ... Registered four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 65 games with Milwaukee ... Tallied two goals and one assist in three games with Rockford.

JUNIOR CAREER
2003-04: Split the season between St. Michael’s and Guelph ... Tallied 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 22 playoff games to help lead Guelph to the OHL championship ... Tied for second on the team in points and ranked third in goals in the playoffs ... Represented the Western Conference at the 2004 OHL All-Star Game ... Named the OHL Western Conference’s best defensive defenseman.
2002-03
: Established career-highs in goals (11), assists (33), points (44), and penalty minutes (88) ... Ranked third on St. Michael’s in points.
2001-02
: Registered five goals and 22 assists for 27 points in 68 games with St. Michael’s.
2000-01
: Registered three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 58 games during his rookie season with St. Michael’s.

EUROPEAN CAREER
2012-13:
Registered one goal and two assists for three points in eight games with the Herlev Eagles in the AL-Bank Ligaen in Denmark.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2004: Captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship.
2001
: Captured a gold medal with Team Canada’s U-18 team at the 2001 Six Nations tournament in the Czech Republic.

BACKGROUND
Nickname is “Kleiner”... Enjoys golfing, reading and playing cards... If he could change places with one person for a day, it would be someone from American Pickers ... Would like to run an eco- friendly Bed & Breakfast in Canada after retiring from hockey ... Lists Gandhi as the historical figure he would have most like to have met ... Married – wife, Jody; sons, Joseph and Oliver.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 22, 2003 – Selected by Nashville in the second round, 37th overall, of the 2003 Entry Draft. January 22, 2014 – Acquired by the Rangers in exchange for Michael Del Zotto.