Justin Abdelkader

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Justin Abdelkader
Born(1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 25)
Muskegon, MI, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionLeft Wing/Centre
ShootsLeft
NHL teamDetroit Red Wings
NHL Draft42nd overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2008–present
 
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Justin Abdelkader
Born(1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 25)
Muskegon, MI, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionLeft Wing/Centre
ShootsLeft
NHL teamDetroit Red Wings
NHL Draft42nd overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2008–present

Justin Abdelkader (pronounced /ˈæbdəlkeɪdər/; born February 25, 1987) is an American ice hockey forward currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.

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College career

On April 7, 2007 Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal in the 2007 NCAA Championship Game against Boston College, securing the NCAA Division 1 National Championship for Michigan State University and earning him the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player. He scored the latest game-winning regulation goal ever scored in an NCAA Frozen Four championship game when he scored with just 18.9 seconds left.

NHL career

Detroit Red Wings

Abdelkader was selected by the Detroit Red Wings with the 42nd overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

On April 3, 2008, Abdelkader signed a one-game amateur tryout with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and was to play that night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In doing so, he forfeited his college eligibility for the 2008–09 season. The following day, Abdelkader signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[1]

Abdelkader scored 24 goals for the Grand Rapids Griffins during the 2008-09 season and was one of the team's best offensive players in the playoffs.[2]

On May 8, 2009 Abdelkader was brought up to the Red Wings as the replacement for Tomáš Kopecký, who sat out Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals series against the Anaheim Ducks. Coach Mike Babcock sent Abdelkader to replace Kopecký "because he'll run over people. We expect him to play hard like Darren Helm. He's on the forecheck and he's a physical guy."[3] During the game Abdelkader scored his first career point on an assist to Johan Franzén.

Abdelkader scored his first career NHL goal on May 30, 2009 in Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After shooting the puck, he grabbed the rebound out of the air with his glove, dropped the puck, and beat Marc-André Fleury high stick side.[4][5] His second goal came nearly 24 hours later in the second game of the series, off of what commentators described as a "knuckle puck." He carried the puck into the forward zone alone against three Penguins defenders and fired a slapshot past Fleury. He became the first rookie to score a goal in consecutive finals games since Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli did it in 1981.[6]

During the 2009–10 season Justin played 50 games for the Red Wings scoring 3 goals, while adding 3 assists. He was then re-signed by the Red Wings on a two-year extension worth $1.575 million.

The 2010–11 season was Abdelkader's first full NHL season as a Red Wing. He played in 74 games, scoring 7 goals, and adding 12 assists.

During the 2011–12 season, he missed only one game to finish with 8 goals and 22 points in 81 games.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze2007 Leksand

Abdelkader was selected to play for the United States Junior National Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden in 2007.[7]

Personal life

Justin Abdelkader is the son of Joseph and Sheryl Abdelkader. The surname Abdelkader is Arabic. His paternal grandfather, Yusuf Abdul Qadir (Anglicised Joseph Abdelkader), emigrated from Jordan at the age of 19 to Muskegon, where he later met a Polish girl named Susie.[8][9][10]

Abdelkader was born and raised in Norton Shores and graduated from Mona Shores High School in 2005. He was named to the all-state hockey team and awarded the Mr. Hockey award, given to the top high school ice hockey player in Michigan. During his senior year, he played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL, and helped the team win the 2004-05 Clark Cup Championship.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2004–05Cedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL6027255286110448
2005–06Michigan State SpartansNCAA4410122283
2006–07Michigan State SpartansNCAA3815183391
2007–08Michigan State SpartansNCAA42192140107
2007–08Detroit Red WingsNHL20002
2008–09Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL762428521021062823
2008–09Detroit Red WingsNHL20000102130
2009–10Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL3311132486
2009–10Detroit Red WingsNHL50336351111236
2010–11Detroit Red WingsNHL7471219611100022
2011–12Detroit Red WingsNHL81814226250002
NHL totals2091829471603732560

International

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
2007United StatesWJC702210
Junior Int'l totals702210

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