Ryan Kesler is the type of center that rarely wins major NHL offensive awards, but is the exact type of player teams need to be successful. He's big, good on faceoffs, blocks shots and as good as it gets defensively--he won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2011. Kesler's all-around capabilities landed him on the 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team, when he won a silver medal playing in Vancouver, in the same city he's played his entire 11-year NHL career in as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
- Played in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, who drafted him in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
- Played in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game for the Canucks, and in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game playing for the Canucks' then top minor-league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.
- Won the 2011 Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.
- Won an Olympic silver medal in 2010.
Things to know:
1. Ironically, he was on the losing end of both the 2010 Olympics Gold Medal Game and Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in the same Vancouver arena he's called home his entire NHL career.
2. Has his own line of sportswear called "RK17", which the "RK" representing his initials and the "17" representing his jersey number.
3. Once posed nude in ESPN the Magazine.