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Chris Kreider
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Kreider with the New York Rangers in 2014
Born April 30, 1991 (1991-04-30) (age 30)
Boxford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team New York Rangers
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2009
New York Rangers
Playing career 2012–present

Christopher James Kreider (born April 30, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey winger and alternate captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played college ice hockey at Boston College and was drafted in the first round, 19th overall, by the Rangers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for the New York Rangers. He holds the NHL record for most Stanley Cup playoff goals before playing his first NHL regular season game, with five.

Playing career

Amateur

Kreider played for Masconomet Regional High School, and later Phillips Academy, a preparatory school in Andover, Massachusetts. Kreider scored a goal in the 2010 NCAA title game in which Boston College defeated the University of Wisconsin to win the national title; he was also named to the 2010 Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

Kreider was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Beanpot Tournament, as Boston College won the tournament for the second-straight time. He was also selected to the senior United States to compete in the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

In the 2011–12 season Kreider won a second NCAA title with Boston College, where he led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 45 points in 44 games. His 23 goals were second overall in the Hockey East conference and tied for eighth in the NCAA; his 45 points were fifth in Hockey East and tied for 19th in the NCAA. Kreider was also tied for the Hockey East lead in game-winning goals (5), short handed goals (3) and short-handed points (5). He also finished in the top ten in Hockey East with seven power play goals and 17 power play points.

Professional

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Kreider playing against the Washington Capitals prior to leaving the game for medical reasons, December 27, 2017

On April 10, 2012, Kreider signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers. He joined New York the following day for practice, and was declared eligible to participate in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. He made his NHL debut a few days later in a Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals on April 16, 2012. He scored his first career NHL goal in Game 6 of that series on April 23 with an assist from former World Junior Championship teammate Derek Stepan, which proved to be the game-winner.

Kreider's second NHL goal was also a playoff game-winning goal, this time coming against the Washington Capitals on in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals on April 28, making him the first player in NHL history whose first two goals were playoff game-winners. He ended the 2012 playoffs with five goals, an NHL record for most playoff goals before playing his first regular season game. The prior record of four such goals was held by Eddie Mazur, and the prior record of three goals in a single post-season prior to playing a regular season game was held by George McPhee and Ray Cote. Kreider scored his first career hat-trick on November 30, 2013, against the Vancouver Canucks in a 5–2 Rangers victory.

On May 17, 2014, in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Kreider crashed the net of Canadiens goaltender Carey Price after being tripped, resulting in Price sustaining a sprained knee. Price would miss the remainder the round of the playoffs. The Rangers would go on to claim a 4-2 series victory.

On July 23, 2014, Kreider and the Rangers agreed to a two-year, $4.95 million contract extension.

On October 28, 2014, in a game against the Minnesota Wild, Kreider received a major penalty and a game misconduct for dangerously checking Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin from behind into the boards. Despite an injury to Brodin, Kreider was not suspended for the hit.

On July 22, 2016, Kreider signed a four-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Rangers, avoiding arbitration. Kreider would then have a solid 2016-17 season, setting new career highs in both goals (28) and points (53).

During a game against the Washington Capitals on December 27, 2017, Kreider left the game for an undisclosed reason. It was later revealed that Kreider had a blood clot in his right arm, and would be out indefinitely. On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Kreider would undergo rib resection surgery, and would be out of the lineup for about 5–7 weeks. Kreider played his first game back on February 24, 2018 against the Minnesota Wild after missing 24 games.

On February 24, 2020, Kreider signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension with the Rangers.

On February 1, 2021, Kreider scored his 161st NHL career goal during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, passing fellow Ranger Cecil Dillon on the all-time franchise list. He became the second American-born Rangers player to score the most goals after Brian Leetch.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for United States USA
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
Gold 2010 Saskatchewan
Bronze 2011 Buffalo

Kreider scored six goals for the gold medal-winning United States World Junior Championship team in 2010. He was chosen to represent the United States once again at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and led the team with four goals in six games as Team USA won the bronze medal. Two of his goals were scored in the bronze medal game, and he was named the USA's best player for that game. Kreider's ten goals in World Junior Championship play tied him with John LeClair and Mike Modano for third all-time among American players, behind just Jeremy Roenick's 13 and Brian Gionta's 11.

In 2018, Kreider, along with teammate Neal Pionk, were the only Rangers players selected to represent the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. He posted 10 points through 10 games, helping the United States claim the Bronze Medal in Denmark.

On April 19, 2019, Kreider was selected to represent Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, held in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Masconomet Regional High School HS-MA 19 5 10 15
2006–07 Masconomet Regional High School HS-MA 20 28 13 41
2007–08 Phillips Academy HS-Prep 24 26 15 41
2008–09 Phillips Academy HS-Prep 26 33 23 56 10
2008–09 Valley Jr. Warriors EJHL 5 4 2 6
2009–10 Boston College HE 38 15 8 23 26
2010–11 Boston College HE 32 11 13 24 37
2011–12 Boston College HE 44 23 22 45 66
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 18 5 2 7 6
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 48 12 11 23 73
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 23 2 1 3 6 8 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 6 2 2 4 16
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 66 17 20 37 72 15 5 8 13 14
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 80 21 25 46 88 19 7 2 9 14
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 79 21 22 43 58 5 2 0 2 6
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 75 28 25 53 58 12 3 1 4 18
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 58 16 21 37 44
2018–19 New York Rangers NHL 79 28 24 52 57
2019–20 New York Rangers NHL 63 24 21 45 58 3 1 1 2 6
2020–21 New York Rangers NHL 50 20 10 30 34
NHL totals 573 177 169 346 475 80 24 15 39 64

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC 1 7 6 1 7 2
2010 United States WC 13th 6 1 1 2 0
2011 United States WJC 3 6 4 2 6 0
2011 United States WC 8th 7 2 1 3 6
2018 United States WC 3 10 4 6 10 2
2019 United States WC 7th 8 3 1 4 2
Junior totals 13 10 3 13 2
Senior totals 31 10 9 19 10

Awards and honors

Award Year
NHL
All-Star Game 2020
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2009–10
All-Hockey East Second Team 2011–12
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