Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Keczmer
Since turning pro in 1990, stay-at-home defenceman Dan Keczmer has played with five NHL organizations. Over the years he has added stabilty to the blueline by playing within his means and avoiding foolish penalties.

Born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Keczmer impressed with the Detroit Little Caesars in 1985-86. That year he was chosen 201st overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL Entry Draft before spending four years at Lake Superior State. In 1989-90 he scored 36 points in 43 games and was a tower of strength on defence. He was also named to the CCHA second all-star team and competed for the United States when they finished fifth at the 1990 World Championships.

In his first pro season in 1990-91, Keczmer played nine games for Minnesota but spent the bulk of his time with the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL. Keczmer was claimed by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 Dispersal Draft then traded to Hartford Whalers for forward Dean Evason prior to the start of the 1991-92 season. The young blueliner worked on his game by playing 51 games with the U.S. national team then played one game with Hartford and the rest in the AHL's with Springfield Indians. Over the next two years he was a regular in Springfield and occasionally called up to the big club.

Early in the 1993-94 season he was traded to the Calgary Flames for netminder Jeff Reese Keczmer played 57 games for Flames that year but eventually battled injuries and only played 28 games in the lockout-shortened season. He signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars in August 1996 and was an emergency fill-in playing most of his hockey in the IHL. Keczmer started the 1998-99 schedule in Dallas but was claimed on waivers by Nashville prior to the March trade deadline. He played last 16 games for Predators then suited up 24 times during the 1999-2000 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Detroit Little Caesars MNHL 65 6 48 54 116
1986-87 Lake Superior State CCHA 38 3 5 8 26
1987-88 Lake Superior State CCHA 41 2 15 17 34
1988-89 Lake Superior State CCHA 46 3 26 29 68
1989-90 Lake Superior State CCHA 43 13 23 36 48
1989-90 United States WEC-A 10 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 9 0 1 1 6 0
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 60 4 20 24 60 9 1 2 3 10
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 51 3 11 14 56
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1991-92 Springfield Indians AHL 18 3 4 7 10 4 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 23 4 4 8 28 -3
1992-93 Springfield Indians AHL 37 1 13 14 38 12 0 4 4 14
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 12 0 1 1 12 -6
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL 7 0 1 1 4
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 57 1 20 21 48 -2 3 0 0 0 4
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 28 2 3 5 10 +7 7 0 1 1 2
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 13 0 0 0 14 -6
1995-96 Saint John Flames AHL 22 3 11 14 14
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 17 0 4 4 4 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 13 0 1 1 6 +3
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 42 3 17 20 24
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 17 1 2 3 26 +5 2 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 44 1 11 12 29 -25
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 22 0 1 1 22 -2
1998-99 Michigan K-Wings IHL 5 0 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 16 0 0 0 12 -3
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 2 0 2 6
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 24 0 5 5 28 -2
1999-00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 18 1 3 4 10 -3
1999-00 Worcester IceCats AHL 25 1 9 10 12 -4 9 0 1 1 10
NHL Totals 235 8 38 46 212 12 0 1 1 8


CCHA Second All-Star Team (1990) Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Hartford by San Jose for Dean Evason, October 2, 1991. Traded to Calgary by Hartford for Jeff Reese, November 19, 1993. Traded to New Jersey by Calgary with Phil Housley for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux, February 26, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 19, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Dallas, March 12, 1999. Traded to St. Louis by Nashville for Rory Fitzpatrick, February 9, 2000.
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