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Kyle Cumiskey
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Born December 2, 1986 (1986-12-02) (age 32)
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Modo Hockey
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 222nd overall, 2005
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2006–present

Kyle Cumiskey (born on December 2, 1986) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing CareerEdit

After playing his minor hockey in his hometown of Abbotsford with the Hawks minor hockey program, Kyle played one year of Jr.A. hockey with the Penticton Panthers of the BCHL.

He was not selected in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft, but, he was signed as a free agent with the Kelowna Rockets in 2003.

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

Kyle 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.

On January 6, 2007, 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.

During the next two seasons, Kyle 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 him to miss 17 games in the 2007–08 season, and his 2008–09 season ended early with shoulder surgery on February 18, 2009.

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

In the offseason before the 2011–12 season, Kyle signed a one year two-way deal with Colorado days before training camp.

During the preseason, he suffered a concussion and was placed on injured reserve by Colorado. On October 7, 2011 (one day before Colorado's season opener), he was placed on waivers.

On the following day, Kyle was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Jake Newton and a conditional draft pick.

Although he was recalled by Anaheim on multiple occasions, he 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), Kyle signed abroad to a one-year deal with Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien. In the 2012-13 season, he 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, Kyle agreed to a return to the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract. After partaking in the Ducks 2013 training camp, he was reassigned by the Ducks to AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

On September 23, 2013, Kyle 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.

In the 2013–14 season, he contributed with 28 points in 45 games from the blueline to help Modo qualify for the playoffs.

On July 2, 2014, Kyle returned to the NHL in signing a one-year two-way contract as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. He started the 2014–15 season with the Blackhawks, but did not appear in any regular season games.

On October 17, 2014, Kyle was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, (the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate) after clearing waivers.

On February 13, 2015, he 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. He appeared in 7 scoreless games with Chicago before he was returned to end the regular season in the AHL.

Kyle 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, he 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, Kyle underwent surgery on a lower body injury and after going un-signed over the summer, he was invited to return to the Blackhawks training camp on a try-out contract.

On October 15, 2015, he was signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks. He was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, a day later after clearing waivers.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
NHL totals 139 9 26 35 48 15 1 1 2 2

International StatisticsEdit

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

International PlayEdit

On May 1, 2010, Kyle was to named to the Canadian team for the 2010 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

He made his international debut, and recorded an assist, in a 5-1 preliminary round win against Italy on May 8, 2010.

Kyle finished the tournament with 3 assists and was named Canada's best player in the eliminating Quarterfinal loss against Russia.