Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Klee
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Klee played three years at Bowling Green University where he was a fine playmaker and checker. He was chosen 177th overall by the Capitals at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft after his freshman year. The rugged forward/defenceman played two games for Team USA when they won the bronze medal at the 1992 World Junior Championships.

Klee played two years in the minors and helped the Portland Pirates win the Calder Cup in 1994. Following the owners' lockout, he played 23 games for the Caps and has been a regular ever since. He was invited to play for the U.S. at the 1997 World Championships where the team finished sixth. The next season his solid play on the boards and in the corners helped Washington reach the Stanley Cup final.

After reaching the finals in 1998, Klee put together back-to-back 20-point seasons with the Caps and was one of the team's more durable players before injuries limited him to 54 games in 2000-01 and 68 games in 2001-02.

In 2002-03 Klee entered his 11th and final season with the Caps' organization, opting to sign as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2003. Upon his arrival with the Leafs, Klee went on to establish a career high in points with 29 (4-25-29) and once the season came to an end was name to the US squad that competed at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Klee returned to the Maple Leaf lineup and played the better part of the season in Toronto before having his rights acquired by the New Jersey Devils just prior to the NHL trading deadline.

Klee's stint with the Devils lasted only 18 games as the defenseman was signed as a free agent in the summer of 2006 by the Colorado Avalanche. Klee would appear in 81 games with the Avalanche and record 19 points while leading the team with a plus-18 rating. He also logged quite a bit of ice time, averaging over 20 minutes per game.

After only a single season in Colorado, the veteran defenseman signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. Klee was a regular on the Tharshers' blue-line throughout their 2007-08 season, however the club struggled that year and opted to send Klee to Anaheim with Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud in exchange for defenceman Mathieu Schneider.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 40 9 23 32 64 27 5 12 17 54
1989-90 Bowling Green University CCHA 39 0 5 5 52
1990-91 Bowling Green University CCHA 37 7 28 35 50
1990-91 United States WJC-A 8 1 1 2 2
1991-92 Bowling Green University CCHA 10 0 1 1 14
1991-92 United States WC-A 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 77 4 14 18 93 7 0 1 1 15
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 65 2 9 11 87 17 1 2 3 14
1994-95 Portland Pirates AHL 49 5 7 12 89
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 23 3 1 4 41 +2 7 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 66 8 3 11 60 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 80 3 8 11 115 -5
1996-97 United States WC-A 8 1 0 1 12
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 51 4 2 6 46 -3 9 1 0 1 10
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 78 7 13 20 80 -9
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 80 7 13 20 79 +8 5 0 1 1 10
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 54 2 4 6 60 -5 6 0 1 1 8
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 68 8 8 16 38 +4
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 70 1 16 17 89 +22 6 0 0 0 6
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 4 25 29 36 -1 11 0 0 0 6
2004-05 United States W-Cup 4 0 0 0 0 +2
2004-05
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 3 12 15 66 -1
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 0 0 0 14 -3 6 1 0 1 6
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 3 16 19 68 +18
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 1 9 10 60 -5
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 4 0
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 1 10 11 24 +9
NHL Totals 934 55 140 195 880 51 2 2 4 50


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 27, 2003. Traded to New Jersey by Toronto for Alexander Suglobov, March 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 24, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 2, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Atlanta with Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud for Mathieu Schneider, September 26, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Phoenix from Anaheim, October 28, 2008.
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