Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kurtis Foster
Kurtis Foster was born November 24, 1981 in Carp, Ontario. The second round, 40th overall selection of the Calgary Flames in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Foster is a graduate of the OHL's Peterborough Petes.

A hulking defenceman with offensive skills, Foster played the better part of five seasons with the Petes wrapping up his OHL career with 95 points (35 goals, 60 assists) and 330 penalty minutes in 255 games before making his professional debut during the 2001-02 season. Foster went on to play 39 games with the AHL's Chicago Wolves that season and was a member of its Calder Cup championship team later that spring before breaking out offensively the following year with 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 75 games. Foster strong play in Chicago earned him two games with the Thrashers during the season.

In 2003-04, Foster returned to Chicago for his third season before being acquired by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the summer of 2004. After only one season in the Ducks organization, Foster was aquired by the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2005.

On the international stage Foster captured a Gold Medal in 1998 with Canada's Under-17 Team and another Gold Medal in 1999 with its Under-18 Team.

On March 20, 2008, Foster suffered a broken left femur in a game against the San Jose Sharks. Foster suffered the injury when Sharks center, Torrey Mitchell, checked Foster into the bottom of the boards whilst attempting to prevent an icing call. The hit which resulted in a penalty was later ruled, by the NHL, accidental. Foster had season-ending surgery to repair his broken left femur and missed the remainder of the season and postseason.

Foster was not ready for the beginning of the 2008-09 season but on October 11, 2008, announced he was skating with full gear and felt no pain when skating. On February 9, 2009, Kurtis returned to play for the Houston Aeros of the AHL on a conditioning stint from the Wild. He played in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Wolves.

On July 8, 2009, Foster was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The following summer Foster was again an unrestricted free agent, this time inking a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. He would play just a single season in Edmonton however. On July 1, 2011, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy Sutton.

On December 12, 2011, along with goaltender Timo Pielmeier, Foster was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenceman Mark Fraser and forward Rod Pelley. After only 28 games with the Devils, Foster was on the move again on February 24, 2012, when he was traded back to the Minnesota Wild along with Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux, and draft picks in exchange for Marek Zidlicky.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Ottawa Valley Lancers ODMHA 36 7 18 25 88
1997-98 Peterborough Petes OHL 39 1 1 2 45 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Peterborough Petes OHL 54 2 13 15 59 5 0 0 0 6
1999-00 Peterborough Petes OHL 68 6 18 24 116 5 1 2 3 4
2000-01 Peterborough Petes OHL 62 17 24 41 78 +19 7 1 1 2 10
2001-02 Peterborough Petes OHL 33 10 4 14 58 +2
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 39 6 9 15 59 +6 14 1 1 2 21
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 15 27 42 159 -15 9 1 3 4 14
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 0 1 1 0 0
2003-04 Chicago Wolves AHL 67 11 19 30 95 -2 10 0 3 3 12
2004-05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 78 17 25 42 71 +16 9 2 3 5 28
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 10 18 28 60 -3
2005-06 Houston Aeros AHL 19 4 11 15 32 +2
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 57 3 20 23 52 -3 3 0 2 2 0
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 56 7 12 19 37 0
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 10 1 5 6 6 +7
2008-09 Houston Aeros AHL 6 1 5 6 6 0
2009-10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 8 34 42 48 -5
2010-11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 8 14 22 45 -12
2011-12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 1 1 2 8 -5
2011-12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 1 1 4 +4
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 28 3 9 12 23 -9
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 0 0 0 4 +1
2012-13 Tappara Tampere Finland 13 3 3 6 78
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 1 4 5 25 0
2013-14 Medvescak Zagreb KHL 53 6 16 22 64 4 1 0 1 4
2014-15 HC Slovan Bratislava (SVK) KHL 18 0 1 1 18
2014-15 Adler Mannheim Germany 16 3 3 6 26 15 3 5 8 20
2015-16 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nurnberg Germany 38 4 13 17 76 6 2 2 4 4
NHL Totals 405 42 118 160 308 3 0 2 2 0


Yanick Dupre Memorial Award (AHL - Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution) (2004) Rights traded to Atlanta by Calgary with Jeff Cowan for Petr Buzek and Atlanta's 6th round pick (Adam Pardy) in 2004 NHL Draft, December 18, 2001. Traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Niclas Havelid, June 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, August 4, 2005. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to leg injury vs. San Jose, March 20, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 8, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 1, 2010. Traded to Anaheim by Edmonton for Andy Sutton, July 1, 2011. Traded to New Jersey by Anaheim with Timo Pielmeier for Rod Pelley, Mark Fraser and New Jersey's 7th round pick (Jaycob Megna) in 2012 NHL Draft, December 12, 2011. Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey with Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, Washington's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Raphael Bussieres) in 2012 NHL Draft and New Jersey's 3rd round pick (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Eamon McAdam) in 2013 NHL Draft for Marek Zidlicky, February 24, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tappara Tampere (Finland), October 23, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Zagreb (KHL), July 30, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Bratislava (KHL), June 27, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Mannheim (Germay), December 30, 2014.
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