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Tom Kuhnhackl
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Born 21 January 1992 (1992-01-21) (age 27)
Landshut, Germany
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing / Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Template:Country data GER
NHL Draft 110th overall, 2010
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2009–present

Tom Kuhnhackl (born on January 21, 1992) is a German ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He has also played professionally for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) and Augsburger Panther of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest German hockey league.

He was a top-ranked prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, ranked eighth among European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and was selected 110th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing CareerEdit

Tom played youth hockey for the Landshut Cannibals program for three seasons beginning in 2007 alongside Tobias Rieder.

He made his professional debut during the 2008–09 season, playing 42 games with Landshut's professional team in the 2nd Bundesliga, the second-highest level in Germany. He debuted in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga during the 2009–10 season, playing four games with the Augsburger Panther.

Tom was selected twenty-fourth overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

Tom intended to join the team for the 2009–10 OHL season, but a series of injuries kept him in Germany. In May 2010, he signed a contract with the Spitfires to join the team for the 2010–11 OHL season.

Ranked as the eighth best European skater of the 2010 draft class by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, Tom was selected 110th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was happy to be drafted by Pittsburgh, as he listed the Penguins as his favorite team.

On 22 March 2011, he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $1.83 million.[5]

Kühnhackl finished the 2010–11 season with 39 goals and 29 assists for 68 points in 63 games with Windsor. He played four games with the Spitfires to start the 2011–12 season, recording one goal and three assists.

On November 2, 2011,he was traded, along with Windsor's second round choice in the 2013 CHL Import Draft to the Niagara IceDogs in exchange for Phillip Di Giuseppe, Jaroslav Pavelka, Niagara’s 2nd round picks in 2012, 2014 & 2015 and Niagara’s 1st round pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

On November 4, 2011, Tom delivered an elbow to the head of Kitchener Rangers defencemen Ryan Murphy and was assessed a five-minute major for charging and game misconduct.

In a website video, the Ontario Hockey League noted that Tom made contact with the opponent's head and hit a vulnerable, unsuspecting player. The OHL also considered the speed and distance travelled when making its decision and noted that Murphy was injured on the play.

On November 8, 2011 OHL President David Branch announced Tom would be suspended for 20 games as a result of the hit.

He made his professional debut in the 2012–13 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but he was sidelined by injury after only 11 games. On December 2, 2012, Kühnhackl dislocated his shoulder, requiring season ending surgery.

Tom played 42 games in his first season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. On February 20, 2016 he scored his first NHL goal, on a shorthanded breakaway during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On March 14, 2016, after recording 6 points in his first 28 games, including a 2 assist game against the New York Rangers the day before, he signed a two-year contract extension with Pittsburgh along with fellow breakout players Scott Wilson and Bryan Rust.

Tom had an impressive run with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, defeating the New York Rangers (4–1), Washington Capitals (4–2), Tampa Bay Lightning (4–3), and the San Jose Sharks (4–2) to clinch the Stanley Cup.

He became the third German-born NHL player (after Uwe Krupp and Dennis Seidenberg) to win the Stanley Cup.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 EV Landshut U18 DNL 30 21 21 42 97 3 1 1 2 2
2008–09 EV Landshut U18 DNL 6 4 3 7 31 7 5 5 10 27
2008–09 Landshut Cannibals 2.GBun 42 11 10 21 34 6 1 0 1 6
2009–10 Landshut Cannibals 2.GBun 38 12 9 21 38 6 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Augsburger Panther DEL 4 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 39 29 68 47 18 11 12 23 10
2011–12 Windsor Spitfires OHL 4 1 3 4 6
2011–12 Niagara IceDogs OHL 30 7 18 25 29 20 6 5 11 14
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 11 2 2 4 6
2012–13 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 2 1 0 1 2
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 48 8 2 10 22 2 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 16 7 7 14 12 10 6 0 6 6
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 72 12 18 30 19 8 0 2 2 0
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 23 7 8 15 18
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 5 10 15 24 24 2 3 5 0
DEL totals 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 42 5 10 15 24 24 2 3 5 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Germany WHC17 5 4 1 5 2
2009 Germany WHC17 5 4 3 7 2
2009 Germany U18 6 1 1 2 4
2010 Germany U18 Div I 5 4 2 6 2
2011 Germany WJC 6 1 0 1 16
Junior totals 27 14 7 21 26

International PlayEdit

Tom has represented Germany internationally, playing in the 2008 and 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships and the 2010 & 2011 IIHF World U20 Championships.

He won his first cap for the German men's national team in an exhibition game against France on August 27, 2016.

Only a couple of days later, he scored the game-winning goal in the last encounter of the qualification tournament for the 2018 Olympics against host Latvia which assured Germany a place in Pyeongchang.

AccoladesEdit

Awards Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2016

Personal LifeEdit

Tom was born and raised in Landshut, Bavaria and first began to play hockey when he was 2 years old.

His father, Erich played in the top German leagues from 1968 until 1989 and appeared in five Winter Olympics for West Germany.

Tom was named Germany's ice hockey player of the 20th century in 2000. He has been a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team that drafted him.

He got his start in hockey when he was 5 years old, following in his family’s footsteps—his brother, sister and dad all played hockey in Germany.