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Danny DeKeyser Named Rookie Of The Year For The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser has been named the 2013-14 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. DeKeyser, 24, skated in 65 games for Detroit during the 2013-14 season, registering 23 points (4-19-23), a plus-10 rating and 30 penalty minutes, while averaging 21:38 of ice time, second on the team to only Niklas Kronwall.

The Macomb, Mich., native signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on March 30, 2013, and went on to appear in 11 regular-season and two postseason games with the Red Wings in 2012-13. This season, he ranked among the NHL’s top rookie blueliners in points (8th), plus-minus (T4th) and ice time (2nd). He also placed third among all rookies, and second on Detroit overall, with 116 blocked shots.

“We had a lot of rookies in the lineup on a regular basis this season, so it’s a great honor to be recognized as Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association,” said DeKeyser. “Being able to play here in Detroit in front of my friends and family made this season very special, and it’s a privilege to be acknowledged by the DSBA with so many other worthy candidates who were able to help the team this year.”

Prior to turning professional, DeKeyser spent three seasons (2010-13) with the CCHA’s Western Michigan Broncos, logging 49 points (12-37-49) in 118 games. The 6-foot-3, 190-lb., blueliner was named to the NCAA Second All-American Team and CCHA First All-Star Team in 2013 after capturing the CCHA’s Best Defensive Defenseman for the second consecutive season. He was also honored as a freshman in 2011 on the CCHA All-Rookie Team and as a sophomore in 2012 on the CCHA Second All-Star Team after helping the Broncos to a conference championship. Following the conclusion of Detroit’s postseason run in 2013, he joined the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs and helped the team capture their first-ever championship, logging one assist in six contests. He also represented his country for the first time this season at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, picking up two assists in eight games.

DeKeyser will be honored by the DSBA prior to a Red Wings home game during the 2014-15 season. The DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award dates back to the 1948-49 NHL season. Previous recipients of the award include current Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Gustav Nyquist.

Previous DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award Winners

2012-13 - Gustav Nyquist                       1979-80 - Mike Foligno                          1963-64 - Pit Martin
2011-12 - Cory Emmerton                      1978-79 - Willie Huber                            1962-63 - Doug Barkley
2010-11 - Jakub Kindl                            1977-78 - Dale McCourt                         1961-62 - Bruce MacGregor
2009-10 - Jimmy Howard                        1976-77 - Jim Nahrgang                         1960-61 - Hank Bassen
2008-09 - Jonathan Ericsson                  1975-76 - Michel Bergeron                      1959-60 - Murray Oliver
2007-08 - Derek Meech                          1974-75 - Bill Lochead                           1958-59 - Len Lunde
2006-07 - Jiri Hudler                               1973-74 - Bill Hogaboam                        1957-58 - Don Poile
2005-06 - Johan Franzen                        1972-73 - Henry Boucha                        1956-57 - Billy Dea
2004-05 - None awarded                        1971-72 - Marcel Dionne                        1955-56 - Glenn Hall
2003-04 - Niklas Kronwall                       1970-71 - Tom Webster                          1954-55 - None awarded
2002-03 - Henrik Zetterberg                    1969-70 - Al Karlander                            1953-54 - Bill Dineen
2001-02 - Pavel Datsyuk                        1968-69 - Paul Popiel                             1952-53 - Marcel Bonin
2000-01 - None awarded                        1967-68 - Gary Jarrett/Roy Edwards       1951-52 - Glen Skov
1999-00 - Jiri Fischer                              1966-67 - None awarded                        1950-51 - Terry Sawchuk
1982-98 - None awarded                        1965-66 - Bert Marshall                          1949-50 - Steve Black
1980-81 - John Barrett                            1964-65 - Roger Crozier                         1948-49 - Max McNab

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Rumbear's avatar

A well earned award…..stick taps all around!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 06/11/14 at 11:31 AM ET

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Derek Meech hahaha

Posted by brians neck on 06/11/14 at 11:40 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

To think Emmerton won it once.  Wow.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/11/14 at 12:29 PM ET

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Cut Emmerton some slack, in his rookie year where he won the award, he had a monster 10 points in 71 games! A career year, no doubt. In fact, the competition for rookie of the year was extremely stiff that year - other rookies competing for the award included Jan Mursak and his 25 games (1G, 2A - Emmerton’s 0.14 PPG outpacing Mursak’s 0.12PPG), Riley Sheahan’s 1 game played (0 points) and Joakim Andersson’s 5 games played (0 points). Lofty company, indeed.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 06/11/14 at 12:46 PM ET

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