Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Belanger
Left-winger Ken Belanger entered the 2001-02 season as a physical component on the improved Los Angeles Kings. The 6'4" grinder played with three teams before heading to the Golden state and was an imposing force wherever he played.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Belanger played with the local Legion team in the NOHA before heading to the OHL. He split his major junior career between the Ottawa 67's and Guelph Storm where he demonstrated an ability to go to the net as well as play rough. In 1992, the burly forward was chosen 153rd overall by the Hartford Whalers at the NHL Entry Draft. He never played for the club and was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in March 1994.

Belanger played three games for Toronto in 1994-95 then was dispatched to St. John's of the AHL the next season. He was traded to the New York Islanders in January 1996 and was an effective enforcer for the young squad. In November 1998 he was sent to the Boston Bruins for forward Ted Donato. He received more ice time under hard-nosed coaches Pat Burns and Mike Keenan but was not resigned by the Bruins after the 2000-01 season. Belanger was inked to deal by the Kings to help give their skilled players more room in 2001-02.

After missing the majority of the 2002-03 season and the entire 2003-04 season, Belanger signed as a free-agent with Adirondack of the UHL in December of 2004 and went on to play one game with the club. In the fall of 2005 Belanger returned to the Kings lineup and saw action in five games before informing the club of his intentions to retire.

Belanger officially announced his retirement on November 14, 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Sault Ste. Marie Legion NOHA 43 24 29 53 169
1991-92 Ottawa 67's OHL 51 4 4 8 174 11 0 0 0 24
1992-93 Ottawa 67's OHL 34 6 12 18 139
1992-93 Guelph Storm OHL 29 10 14 24 86 5 2 1 3 14
1993-94 Guelph Storm OHL 55 11 22 33 185 9 2 3 5 30
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 47 5 5 10 246 4 0 0 0 30
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 9 0
1995-96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 40 16 14 30 222
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 7 0 0 0 27 -2
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 2 2 102 -1
1996-97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 38 10 12 22 164 4 0 1 1 27
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 37 3 1 4 101 +1
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 9 1 1 2 30 +1
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 45 1 4 5 152 -2 12 1 0 1 16
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 37 2 2 4 44 -4
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 40 2 2 4 121 -6
2000-01 Providence Bruins AHL 10 1 4 5 47 +2 2 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 43 2 0 2 85 -5
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 17 0
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL
2004-05 Adirondack Frostbite UHL 1 0 0 0 5 -1
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 0 0 7 -1
NHL Totals 248 11 12 23 695 12 1 0 1 16


Traded to Toronto by Hartford for Toronto's 9th round pick (Matt Ball) in 1994 NHL Draft, March 18, 1994. Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto with Damian Rhodes for future considerations (Kirk Muller and Don Beaupre, January 23, 1996), January 23, 1996. Traded to Boston by NY Islanders for Ted Donato, November 7, 1998.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to concussion vs. Toronto, November 11, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 2, 2001.
Missed majority of 2002-03 season and entire 2003-04 due to concussion vs. San Jose, November 5, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Adirondack (UHL), December 30, 2004. Officially announced retirement, November 14, 2005.
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