|Born:||August 31, 1984||Draft:||2003 Canucks #23 Overall|
|Known For:||Selke Award||Shoots:||Right|
|National Team:||United States||Current Team:||Anaheim Ducks|
Ryan James Kesler (born August 31, 1984) is a former American professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Selected in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kesler spent the first ten years of his NHL career with the Canucks. He was traded to Anaheim on June 27, 2014. He is best known for being a two-way forward, winning the Selke Trophy in 2011 (5 time finalist), as well as for his agitating style of play.
Kesler played junior hockey with the U.S. National Team Development Program from which he then accepted a scholarship to play college hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In one season with the Buckeyes, he was an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team and was named CCHA Rookie of the Week three times and CCHA Rookie of the Month once. In addition to the U.S. National Team Development Program and the Ohio State Buckeyes, Kesler has also suited up for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he was named to the 2005 AHL All-Star Game.
Kesler has represented the United States at seven International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned events, winning one World U18 Championship gold medal, one World Junior Championships gold medal, one 2010 Winter Olympics silver medal, and one 2001 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, gold medal.
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- 2x NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2017)
- Frank J. Selke Trophy (2011)
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- AHL All-Star Game (2005)
- U20 WJC Gold Medalist (2004)
- U18 WJC Gold Medal (2002)
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