Justin Abdelkader

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Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader's Stanley Cup2008.jpg
Born(1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 27)
Muskegon, MI, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
PositionLeft wing/center
NHL teamDetroit Red Wings
National team United States
NHL Draft42nd overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2008–present
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Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader's Stanley Cup2008.jpg
Born(1987-02-25) February 25, 1987 (age 27)
Muskegon, MI, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
PositionLeft wing/center
NHL teamDetroit Red Wings
National team United States
NHL Draft42nd overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2008–present

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

Playing career[edit]


Abdelkader played for the junior ice hockey Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League during his senior year of high school, scoring 27 goals and 52 points and helping the team win the 2004–05 Clark Cup Championship. He then began a three-year stint playing college ice hockey for the Michigan State Spartans men's ice hockey team of what was then the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.[1]

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.


Detroit Red Wings

Abdelkader was drafted 42nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings 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.[2]

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.[3]

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."[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7]

During the 2009–10 season Justin played 50 games for the Red Wings scoring three goals, while adding three assists. Abdelkader 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. Abdelkader played in 74 games, scoring seven goals, and adding 12 assists.

During the 2011–12 season, he missed only one game, and finished the season with eight goals and 14 assists in 81 games.

On September 14, 2012, Abdelkader signed a four year, $7.2 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[8]

International play[edit]

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

Abdelkader was selected to play for the United States national junior team at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Sweden.[1]

Abdelkader was selected to play for the United States national team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he was named team captain.[9] Abdelkader was suspended for one-game at the World Championships for a knee-to-knee hit infraction on Konstantin Pushkaryov in a game against Kazakhstan. Following Abdelkader's one-game suspension, he returned for the game against Germany, where he scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, in the final group stage game to lead the United States to the quarterfinals.[10] During the United States' quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic, Abdelkader was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging Vladimír Sobotka in the second period. In July 2014, the IIHF announced that he would be suspended for three-games at the 2015 IIHF World Championship for the hit on Sobotka (Adbelkader is only required to serve the suspension if he appears at that tournament).[11] Abdelkader finished the tournament with three goals and one assists in seven games.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Justin Abdelkader is the son of Joseph and Sheryl Abdelkader.[13] His paternal grandfather, Yusuf Abdul Qadir, emigrated from Jordan at the age of 19 to Muskegon, Michigan.[14]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
2004–05Cedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL6027255286110448
2005–06Michigan State SpartansCCHA4410122283
2006–07Michigan State SpartansCCHA3815183391
2007–08Michigan State SpartansCCHA42192140107
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
2012–13Detroit Red WingsNHL4810313341221333
2013–14Detroit Red WingsNHL701018283150226
NHL totals32738508822554551099


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2007United StatesWJC3rd702210
2012United StatesWC7th81344
2014United StatesWC6th731431
Junior totals702210
Senior totals1544835

Awards and honors[edit]

All-NCAA All-Tournament Team2007[15]


  1. ^ a b "Player Bio:Justin Abdelkader". MSU Athletics. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Kopecky done for rest of season; Abdelkader signed for three years". 
  3. ^ "Rafalski, Draper, Kopecky won't play Sunday". 
  4. ^ Ted Kulfan, "Rafalski, Draper, Kopecky won't play Sunday," The Detroit News, May 8, 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?id=42908
  6. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=290530005
  7. ^ "Griffins foursome keys Red Wings' run for Cup". mlive.com. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  8. ^ Abdelkader sig-year deal
  9. ^ Abdelkader named captain for USA redwings.com, May 9, 2014
  10. ^ Abdelkader leads U.S. to win vs. Germans redwings.com, May 21, 2014
  11. ^ Leahy, Sean (July 29, 2014). "IIHF hands Justin Abdelkader three-game suspension for hit during 2014 Worlds". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Czechs drum USA out of World tourney redwings.com, May 22, 2014
  13. ^ Barnas, Jo-Ann (4 June 2009). "Muskegon's Abdelkader has golden touch". WZZM 13. Gannett. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Dalton, Sean (26 July 2011). "Red Wings player Justin Abdelkader flies with Blue Angels". Heritage.com. Heritage Newspapers. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Robbie Earl
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Succeeded by
Nathan Gerbe
Preceded by
Nathan Davis
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
Succeeded by
Tim Miller
Preceded by
Tim Cook
Ilitch Humanitarian Award
Succeeded by
Jeff Lerg
Jerad Kaufmann