Kyle Cumiskey

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Kyle Cumiskey
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Born (1986-12-02) December 2, 1986 (age 30)
Abbotsford, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Colorado Avalanche
Modo Hockey
Chicago Blackhawks
Skellefteå AIK
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 222nd overall, 2005
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2006–present

Kyle Cumiskey (born December 2, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Kyle's brother, Clayton, is a current member of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Canadian college hockey team. Cumiskey won the 2015 Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing career

After playing his minor hockey in his hometown of Abbotsford with the Hawks minor hockey program, Cumiskey played one year of Jr.A. hockey with the Penticton Panthers of the BCHL. He was not selected in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft, however, signed as a free agent with the Kelowna Rockets in 2003.

Cumiskey played junior hockey for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League for three seasons, scoring 79 points in 177 games. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 222nd overall, after his second junior season.

Cumiskey played most of the 2006–07 season for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League but appeared in nine games for the Avalanche. His first career NHL goal was the only goal in regulation for the Avalanche in a 2–1 shootout win over Manny Fernandez and the Minnesota Wild on January 6, 2007.[1] During the next two seasons, Cumiskey split time between the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL and the Avalanche; however, he was sidelined by injuries for a significant amount of time in both years. A groin injury caused Cumiskey to miss 17 games in the 2007–08 season, and his 2008–09 season ended early with shoulder surgery on February 18.

Cumiskey during his tenure with the Avalanche.

For the first time in his NHL career, Cumiskey made the opening night roster with the Avalanche at the beginning of the 2009–10 season.

In the offseason before the 2011–12 season, Cumiskey signed a one-year two-way deal with Colorado days before training camp. During the preseason Cumiskey suffered a concussion and was placed on injured reserve by Colorado. On October 7, 2011, one day before the Avs season opener, he was placed on waivers. On the following day, Cumiskey was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Jake Newton and a conditional draft pick.[2] Although he was recalled by Anaheim on multiple occasions, Cumiskey never made his debut for the Ducks, playing in 57 games with AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

On July 8, 2012, with his NHL rights still owned by the Ducks, Cumiskey signed abroad to a one-year deal with Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien.[3] In the 2012-13 season, Cumiskey rebounded with a successful offensive season with Modo, finishing fifth in league scoring amongst defenseman with 32 points in 46 games.

On June 18, 2013, with intention to resume his NHL career, Cumiskey agreed to a return to the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract.[4] After partaking in the Ducks 2013 training camp, Cumiskey was reassigned by the Ducks to AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. On September 23, 2013, Cumiskey agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the Ducks and later returned to Sweden for a second consecutive season with Modo Hockey on October 2, 2013.[5] In the 2013–14 season, Cumiskey contributed with 28 points in 45 games from the blueline to help Modo qualify for the playoffs.

On July 2, 2014, Cumiskey returned to the NHL in signing a one-year two-way contract as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks.[6] Cumiskey started the 2014–15 season with the Blackhawks, but did not appear in any regular season games. On October 17, 2014, Cumiskey was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, after clearing waivers. On February 13, 2015, Cumiskey was recalled by the Blackhawks and made his first return to the NHL since 2011 in featuring in a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.[7] He appeared in 7 scoreless games with Chicago before he was returned to end the regular season in the AHL. Cumiskey returned to Chicago to begin their playoff run, and made his post-season debut in the Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks. Used in a depth defenseman role, Cumiskey was used sparingly but appeared in the first three Cup finals games against the Tampa Bay Lightning to help the Blackhawks claim the Stanley Cup.

In the off-season, Cumiskey underwent surgery on a lower-body injury and after going unsigned over the summer was invited to return to the Blackhawks training camp on a try-out contract. On October 15, 2015, Cumiskey signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks. He was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, a day later after clearing waivers. In an injury-blighted season, Cumiskey appeared in only 17 games with the IceHogs for 5 points.

As a free agent the following summer, Cumiskey returned to Sweden to continue his professional career. With the demotion of former club, Modo Hockey to the HockeyAllsvenskan, Cumiskey opted to sign a one-year deal with SHL club, Skellefteå AIK, on July 22, 2016.[8] In the 2016–17 season, Cumiskey began recovering from off-season surgery. In his return he was limited to just 12 games affected by injury before he mutually agreed to terminate his contract mid-season on February 6, 2017.[9]

International play

On May 1, 2010, Cumiskey was to named to the Canadian team for the 2010 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[10] He made his international debut, and recorded an assist, in a 5–1 preliminary round win against Italy on May 8, 2010.[11] Kyle finished the tournament with 3 assists and was named Canada's best player in the eliminating Quarterfinal loss against Russia.[12]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Kelowna Rockets WHL 54 2 7 9 20 17 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 4 36 40 47 24 0 13 13 12
2005–06 Kelowna Rockets WHL 51 6 24 30 52 12 0 6 6 8
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 63 7 26 33 32 5 0 2 2 6
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 1 1 2 2
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 5 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 38 0 5 5 16
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 28 5 12 17 16
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 61 7 13 20 20 6 1 1 2 2
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 18 1 7 8 10
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 57 6 23 29 44 4 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Modo Hockey SEL 46 7 25 32 30 5 1 4 5 0
2013–14 Modo Hockey SHL 45 4 24 28 16 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Rockford IceHogs AHL 54 2 18 20 10
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Rockford IceHogs AHL 17 1 4 5 6
2016–17 Skellefteå AIK SHL 12 1 3 4 4
NHL totals 139 9 26 35 48 15 1 1 2 2

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada WC 7th 7 0 3 3 0
Senior totals 7 0 3 3 0

Awards and honours

Award Year
CHL
Memorial Cup (Kelowna Rockets) 2004
AHL
All-Star Game 2009
NHL
Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks) 2015 [13]

References

  1. ^ "Avalanche 2, Wild 1, SO". Associated Press. 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  2. ^ Ducks Acquire Cumiskey from Colorado - Anaheim Ducks - News
  3. ^ "Kyle Cumiskey to Modo Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Agent: Kyle Cumiskey has signed with Anaheim" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Kyle Cumiskey back to Modo Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Cumiskey". Chicago Blackhawks. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Hossa scores in fourth straight as Blackhawks top Devils". Chicago Blackhawks. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Skating skills back to Skelleftea AIK" (in Swedish). Skellefteå AIK. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Skelleftea, Cumiskey go separate ways" (in Swedish). Skellefteå AIK. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Cumiskey, Russel and Johnson added to Canada's Worlds roster". TSN. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Canada cruises to 5-1 win". IIHF. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  12. ^ "Russia on a roll". IIHF. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  13. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup". Huffington Post. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 

External links

  • Kyle Cumiskey career statistics at EliteProspects.com
  • Kyle Cumiskey career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Kyle Cumiskey player profile at NHL.com
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