19 September 1988|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
122nd overall, 2007|
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.
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". Kempe was ranked 50th among North American prospects on Central Scouting's final report heading into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 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.
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.
On 28 May 2018, he signed a one-year contract extension with the Coyotes.
On 5 July 2019, Kempe signed a one-year two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings, joining brother Adrian. He was assigned to the Ontario Reign for the beginning of the 2019–20 season. 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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|
- "Rögleforward till Djurgården". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 16 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- "Coyotes sign Kempe to one-year contract". NHL.com. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Coyotes Sign Kempe to One-Year Contract". NHL.com. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- "LA Kings sign Mario Kempe to a one-year, two-way contract". Los Angeles Kings. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
- "LA Kings Announce 23-Man Roster Ahead of 2019-20 Season". Los Angeles Kings. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
- "LA Kings place Kempe on unconditional waivers". The Sports Network. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- "Mario Kempe will replenish the composition of CSKA" (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
- "Sweden announces roster for 2019 World Championships" (in Swedish). swehockey.se. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- Vest, Dave (3 December 2018). "'Yotes Notes: Kempe Hoping to Play vs. Younger Brother for First Time". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 December 2018.