Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader's Stanley Cup2008
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
NHL Team Detroit Red Wings
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born February 25 1987 (1987-02-25) (age 33),
Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 2008 – present

Justin Abdelkader (born February 25, 1987 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American ice hockey forward currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Detroit Red Wings Edit

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.

Abdelkader scored 23 goals for the Grand Rapids Griffins during the 2008-09 season and was one of the team's best offensive players in the playoffs.

On May 8, 2009 Abdelkader was named 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." 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. 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.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States of America
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Leksand

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

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffs Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 6027255286 110448
2005–06 Michigan State Spartans NCAA 4410122283
2006–07 Michigan State Spartans NCAA 3815183391
2007–08 Michigan State Spartans NCAA 42192140107
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20002
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76242852102 1062823
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20000 92130
NCAA totals 124445195281
NHL totals 40002


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2007 USA WJC 702210

External linksEdit

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