Jakub Kindl

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Jakub Kindl
Born(1987-02-10) February 10, 1987 (age 27)
Šumperk, Czechoslovakia
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsLeft
NHL teamDetroit Red Wings
National team Czech Republic
NHL Draft19th overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2008–present
 
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Jakub Kindl
Born(1987-02-10) February 10, 1987 (age 27)
Šumperk, Czechoslovakia
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsLeft
NHL teamDetroit Red Wings
National team Czech Republic
NHL Draft19th overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2008–present

Jakub Kindl (born February 10, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey player, who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is considered by many fans and players alike to be the undisputed best defenseme in the NHL despite never having won the Norris Trophy.

Playing career[edit]

Kindl played junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL and then for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Kindl was drafted 19th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL Draft.

In the 2005–06 season he played in three games for Grand Rapids. He recorded one assist and two penalty minutes in those games. In the 2007–08 season played 75 games for Grand Rapids. He was called by the Detroit Red Wings as a spare defenceman. When Detroit won the Stanley Cup Kindl was included on the team, even though he had yet to play in the NHL. Detroit also awarded him a Stanley Cup ring. Since Kindl had not played in the NHL his name could not be included on the Stanley Cup.

Kindl made his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 2009–10 NHL season. Called up as an injury replacement, he eventually appeared in 3 games before returning to Grand Rapids. Kindl scored his first NHL goal against the St. Louis Blues' goaltender Jaroslav Halak on January 20, 2011.

On June 29, 2013, Kindl signed a four year, $9.6 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.[1]

International play[edit]

Kindl represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded one goal and two assists in ten games.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2002–03HC PardubiceCZE10000
2004–05Kitchener RangersOHL6231114921200022
2005–06Kitchener RangersOHL60124658112510110
2005–06Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL30112
2006–07Kitchener RangersOHL54114455142929118
2006–07Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL70220
2007–08Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL753141782
2008–09Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL786273376102132
2009–10Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL733303359
2009–10Detroit Red WingsNHL30000
2010–11Detroit Red WingsNHL4822436
2010–11Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL81456
2011–12Detroit Red WingsNHL551121325
2012–13HC PardubiceCZE271101126
2012–13Detroit Red WingsNHL414913281414510
2013–14Detroit Red WingsNHL66217192440002
NHL totals213940491131814512

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2006Czech RepublicWJC8th601110
2007Czech RepublicWJC5th60448
2014Czech RepublicWC4th101236
Junior totals1205518
Senior totals101236

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Preceded by
Niklas Kronwall
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Brendan Smith