Mario Kempe

Mario Kempe (born 19 September 1988) is a Swedish professional ice hockey right winger currently a playing under contract with HC CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Mario Kempe
2013-10-05 Mario Kempe 01.jpg
Born (1988-09-19) 19 September 1988 (age 31)
Kramfors, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
CSKA Moscow
Rogle BK
Djurgardens IF
Modo
HC Vityaz
Arizona Coyotes
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 122nd overall, 2007
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Kempe first started skating when he was five years-old on an outdoor rink in his hometown of Kramfors. He represented Ångermanland twice in TV-pucken while playing for Modo Hockey's junior teams in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. During the 2005–06 season, Kempe represented Team Sweden at the 2006 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

 
Kempe with the St. John's Fog Devils.

That following summer, Kempe was drafted 31st overall in the 2006 CHL Import Draft by the St. John's Fog Devils of the QMJHL. Kempe made the trip to North America and cracked the Fog Devils lineup. He was named an assistant captain during his rookie season.

Kempe finished the season tied for 6th among QMJHL rookies in goals and 11th in points, and was voted "Fastest Skater in the Eastern Division".[citation needed] Kempe was ranked 50th among North American prospects on Central Scouting's final report heading into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[citation needed] He was chosen in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kempe returned to his native Sweden after completing two seasons in the QMJHL. He signed with Rögle BK of Elitserien in the off-season and recorded two goals and eight assists in thirty games-played. After receiving limited ice time during the first half of the year he was traded to Mora IK of the second-highest level league in Sweden. He signed a two-year contract with Djurgården on 16 June 2010.[1]

Following the 2016–17 campaign and after three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with HC Vityaz, Kempe left as a free agent and returned to North America in securing a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL) on 16 May 2017.[2]

On 28 May 2018, he signed a one-year contract extension with the Coyotes.[3]

On 5 July 2019, Kempe signed a one-year two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings, joining brother Adrian.[4] He was assigned to the Ontario Reign for the beginning of the 2019–20 season.[5] Named as an alternate captain for the Reign, Kempe registered 3 goals and 11 points through 16 games in the AHL before he was placed on unconditional waivers by Kings in order for a mutual termination of his contract on 19 November 2019.[6]

As a free agent, Kempe returned for a second stint in Russia and the KHL, agreeing to a two-year contract with reigning Gagarin Cup champions CSKA Moscow on 21 November 2019.[7]

International playEdit

On 9 May 2019, Kempe was named to make his senior international debut with Sweden at the 2019 World Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Kempe's younger brother, Adrian, is also a member of the Kings.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 5 3 2 5 4
2004–05 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 5 2 0 2 12
2004–05 Modo Hockey J18 14 5 7 12 40
2005–06 Modo Hockey J20 36 20 12 32 26
2005–06 Modo Hockey J18 6 4 2 6 29
2006–07 St. John's Fog Devils QMJHL 62 23 19 42 51 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 St. John's Fog Devils QMJHL 48 25 24 49 36 6 4 3 7 8
2008–09 Rögle BK SEL 30 2 8 10 8
2008–09 Mora IK Allsv 17 9 3 12 6 3 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Rögle BK SEL 51 7 11 18 14
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 54 10 7 17 6 7 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF SEL 52 8 7 15 14
2012–13 Modo Hockey SEL 53 15 12 27 12 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Modo Hockey SHL 54 9 8 17 18 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Vityaz Podolsk KHL 54 13 19 32 52
2015–16 Vityaz Podolsk KHL 56 12 5 17 64
2016–17 Vityaz Podolsk KHL 56 14 20 34 28 4 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 47 18 19 37 22 9 4 3 7 6
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 18 2 2 4 4
2018–19 Arizona Coyotes NHL 52 4 5 9 18
2018–19 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 10 5 6 11 8
2019–20 Ontario Reign AHL 16 3 8 11 8
SHL totals 294 51 53 104 72 14 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 166 39 44 83 144 4 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 70 6 7 13 22

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Sweden WJC18 6th 5 0 1 1 27
2008 Sweden WJC   6 0 0 0 2
2019 Sweden WC 5th 4 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 11 0 1 1 29
Senior totals 4 1 1 2 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rögleforward till Djurgården". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 16 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Coyotes sign Kempe to one-year contract". NHL.com. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Coyotes Sign Kempe to One-Year Contract". NHL.com. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "LA Kings sign Mario Kempe to a one-year, two-way contract". Los Angeles Kings. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ "LA Kings Announce 23-Man Roster Ahead of 2019-20 Season". Los Angeles Kings. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  6. ^ "LA Kings place Kempe on unconditional waivers". The Sports Network. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Mario Kempe will replenish the composition of CSKA" (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Sweden announces roster for 2019 World Championships" (in Swedish). swehockey.se. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  9. ^ Vest, Dave (3 December 2018). "'Yotes Notes: Kempe Hoping to Play vs. Younger Brother for First Time". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 December 2018.

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