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Kyle Okposo
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Born April 16, 1988 (1988-04-16) (age 29)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Islanders
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2006
New York Islanders
Playing career 2007–present

Kyle Okposo (born Kyle Henry Erovre Okposo on April 16, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right winger and an alternate captain of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Kevin was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders following a season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Des Moines Buccaneers in which he was named the most valuable player of the USHL playoffs and the league's top rookie. Kevin helped the Buccaneers to a Clark Cup victory.

Playing CareerEdit

During his freshman season at University of Minnesota, Kyle was placed at the center position, even though he is a natural winger. Throughout most of the season this became his most common position due to the abundance of wingers on the team.

In January of 2007, Kyle played for the U.S. National Junior Team in the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. On June 7, 2007, he announced he would be returning to the University of Minnesota for the 2007–08 season.

Kyle played the 2007–08 season for the University of Minnesota ice hockey team until December 19, 2007.

On that morning, Kyle notified his teammates at the university of his decision to leave the team. Soon after, both the Gophers and the New York Islanders announced officially that he decided to leave college after the completion of his current semester and would then begin his professional hockey career.

Kyle's decision to leave school was considered controversial by some. As a response to questioning, Islanders general manager Garth Snow told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Quite frankly, we weren't happy with the program. They have a responsibility to coach, to make Kyle a better player, and they were not doing that."

Coach Don Lucia then claimed that the Islanders put him "in a very difficult position." In his response to Snow's comments, Lucia emphasized the importance of obtaining a degree, "We have had numerous players sign and play in the NHL, but just as important many more move on to have successful careers after graduating from the University of Minnesota. We have always and will continue to work to ensure our players reach their potential on the ice and in the classroom."

Kyle signed an entry-level contract with the Islanders and was assigned to their top minor league affiliate, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

On March 18, 2008, Kyle made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and netted his first career NHL goal on March 21, 2008 against the New Jersey Devils, a game winner scored on the powerplay against Martin Brodeur. He also scored in his final game of the season in a game against the New York Rangers.

On September 17, 2009, Kyle suffered a mild concussion after a check to the head by Dion Phaneuf. He returned to the Islanders' lineup for their opening game on October 3, 2009.

On May 25, 2011, Kyle signed a five-year, $14 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 50 27 31 58 56 11 5 11 16 8
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 33 17 20 37 30 7 2 1 3 4
2007–08 University of Minnesota WCHA 18 7 4 11 6
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 35 9 19 28 12
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 9 2 3 5 2
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 65 18 21 39 36
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 2 1 0 1 2
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 80 19 33 52 34
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 38 5 15 20 40
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 79 24 21 45 46
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 48 4 20 24 38 6 3 1 4 5
NHL totals 319 72 113 185 196 6 3 1 4 5

International StatisticsEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Mora
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WHC17 5 2 2 4 2
2007 United States WJC 7 0 1 1 2
2008 United States WJC 6 1 5 6 2
2009 United States WC 9 2 3 5 10
2010 United States WC 6 1 2 3 0
2012 United States WC 8 2 1 3 0
Junior int'l totals 18 3 8 11 6
Senior int'l totals 23 5 6 11 10

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • USHL Rookie of the Year - 2006
  • USHL Clark Cup Playoffs MVP - 2006
  • USHL First All-Star Team - 2006
  • USHL All-Rookie Team - 2006

Personal LifeEdit

Kyle was born to a Nigerian father and an American mother. His father immigrated to the United States as a teenager and eventually earned a Ph.D. His family currently resides in Minnesota where he grew up.

On January 6, 2014, Kyle and his wife Danielle welcomed a daughter named Elliana.

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