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Tanner Kero
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Born July 24, 1992 (1992-07-24) (age 26)
Southfield, Michigan
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present

Tanner Kero (born on July 24, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Early Playing CareerEdit

Tanner attended Hancock High School where he played for the Ojibwa Eagles midget AAA team. He also played for the Marquette Rangers where he was named the NAHL's "rookie of the year" after leading the league with 32 goals in 57 regular season games.

He was selected by the Fargo Force in the first round (13th overall) in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft. While with Fargo, he was the third-leading scorer on the team, scoring 14 goals & 23 assists in 55 regular seasons games.

College Playing CareerEdit

Tanner attended Michigan Tech University where he played four seasons of NCAA Division I hockey with the Michigan Tech Huskies, registering 55 goals, 56 assists, 111 points and 67 penalty minutes in 153 games.

During his senior year, his outstanding play was recoginized with numerous awards including being selected as the 2014–15 WCHA Player of the Year and being named to the 2014–15 NCAA (West) First All-American Team.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

On April 2, 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Tanner to a two-year entry-level contract. He began the 2015–16 season assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

On October 27, 2015, the Blackhawks recalled him to the Blackhawks. Two days later, he played in his first NHL game on October 29, 2015 in a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Four games later, he scored his first NHL goal on November 6, 2015, shooting past Cory Schneider, in a 4-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils.

In the 2016-17 season, Tanner split the year between Chicago and Rockford, ending his season with the Blackhawks with 6 goals, 10 assists & 16 points.

On March 23, 2017, the Blackhawks signed him to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 season.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10Marquette Rangers NAHL57321951393 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Fargo Force USHL 551423372251012
2011–12Michigan TechWCHA 39971614
2012–13Michigan TechWCHA3311132427
2013–14Michigan TechWCHA4015102516
2014–15Michigan TechWCHA4120264610
2014–15Rockford IceHogsAHL65050 6 2 1 3 0
2015–16Rockford IceHogsAHL6020193923 3 0 2 2 0
2015–16Chicago BlackhawksNHL171232
2016–17Rockford IceHogsAHL287132014
2016–17Chicago BlackhawksNHL47610168 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 64 7 12 19 10 4 0 0 0 0

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • NAHL Rookie of the Year (2009–10)
  • WCHA Scoring Champion (46 points) (2014–15)
  • WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year (2014–15)
  • WCHA First All-Star Team (2014–15)
  • WCHA Player of the Year (2014–15)
  • NCAA (West) First All-American Team (2014–15)
  • Hobey Baker Award Finalist (2014-15)

Personal LifeEdit

Tanner was born in Southfield, Michigan to parents Dale and Joan. He has five sisters (one of them, Jordanna played volleyball at Michigan Tech) and four brothers (three of them: Dawson, Devin & Hunter also play hockey). He was raised in Hancock, Michigan.

In 2015, Tanner married his girlfriend, Taylor. On November 22, 2016, they welcomed their first child, a son named Maev James Penrose Kero.