|Born:||May 14, 1974||Draft:||1992 Whalers, 153rd Overall|
|Hometown:||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario||Position:||Left Wing|
|Known For:||1996 AHL All-Star||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Ken Belanger (born May 14, 1974) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2005-2006 season. Drafted 153rd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Belanger was known for his imposing figure. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing north of 200 pounds, he was a force at the junior level. Before making his debut in the NHL, the Whalers dealt him to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a ninth-round pick. Toronto aimed to become more physical and harder to play against, and Belanger fit the bill. Unfortunately, he only appeared in three games in two years with the organization, leading up to his trade to the New York Islanders.
Belanger appeared in 18 games during the 1996-97 season, registering two assists. What stood out more was his whopping 102 penalty minutes, a trend that was sure to continue throughout his career. The following year, he amassed 101 penalty minutes in 37 games, adding three goals and one assist. During the 1998-99 season Belanger was traded to the Boston Bruins for forward Ted Donato. His style of game was the perfect fit for the Big Bad Bruins, and he piled on 152 penalty minutes in 45 games during his first year with the team.
After two years of regression, Belanger was demoted to the American Hockey League, bringing an end to his playing days in Boston. He signed with the Kings for the 2001-02 season and played parts of four years with the club before announcing his retirement at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. He finished his NHL career with an astounding 695 penalty minutes and 55 fighting majors in 248 games.
Ken Belanger Statistics
- AHL All-Star Game (1996)