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Kelly Buchberger
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Born December 2, 1966 (1966-12-02) (age 52)
Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Atlanta Thrashers
Los Angeles Kings
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 188th overall, 1985
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1986–2004

Kelly Buchberger (born Kelly Michael Buchberger on December 2, 1966) is a retired professional Canadian hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and currently works in player personnel for the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing CareerEdit

Kelly played minor hockey with the Western Hockey League Moose Jaw Warriors and pro hockey with the American Hockey League Nova Scotia Oilers.

He was drafted in the ninth round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, making him the 188th overall pick.

Kelly made his NHL debut in the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals (the most recent player to play his first NHL game in the Stanley Cup finals).

During his playing career, he was known best for his gritty play and leadership, having captained the Oilers for four years. He won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton in 1987 and 1990.

On June 25, 1999, he was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft where he played with the team for 68 games and earned 17 points.

On March 13, 2000, Kelly was traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Nelson Emerson in exchange for Donald Audette and Frantisek Kaberle where he played with the team for 3 seasons.

On July 7, 2002, he signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes where he played in 79 games and earned 12 points.

On July 31, 2003, Kelly signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played in 71 games and earned only 4 points.

Coaching CareerEdit

After retiring, Kelly was an assistant coach with the AHL Edmonton Road Runners team in 2004–05. He then joined the Oilers management as a development coach.

On August 3, 2007, he was named head coach of the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons and guided the team to a 35–35–10 record, the team's first .500 season since 1998–99.

He was then promoted to the Edmonton Oilers during the 2008 offseason, becoming an assistant coach with them.

On June 10, 2014, he was reassigned to the role of player personnel and replaced as assistant coach by Craig Ramsay.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 51 12 17 29 114
1985–86 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 14 22 36 206 13 11 4 15 37
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 70 12 20 32 257 5 0 1 1 23
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 5
1987–88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 49 21 23 44 206 2 0 0 0 11
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 1 0 1 81
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 5 9 14 234
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 2 6 8 168 19 0 5 5 13
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 3 1 4 160 12 2 1 3 25
1991–92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 20 24 44 157 16 1 4 5 32
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 83 12 18 30 133
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 84 3 18 21 199
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 7 17 24 82
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 11 14 25 184
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 8 30 38 159 12 5 2 7 16
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 6 17 23 122 12 1 2 3 25
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 52 4 4 8 68 4 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 68 5 12 17 139
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 13 2 1 3 13 4 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 6 14 20 75 8 1 0 1 2
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 6 7 13 105 7 0 0 0 7
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 3 9 12 109
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 1 3 4 109
NHL totals 1182 105 204 309 2297 97 10 14 24 129

AccoladesEdit

  • Stanley Cup Champion (with Edmonton Oilers; 1987 and 1990)
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