Kris Versteeg is a Canadian former professional hockey winger. He is a two time Stanley Cup champion and he ultimately retired after 11 NHL seasons. Versteeg won Stanley cups with the Chicago Blackhawks in both 2010 and 2015. He scored outdoor games goals for the Blackhawks at both Wrigley Field (2009) and Soldier Field (2014).
Kris Versteeg Biography
Kristopher Royse Versteeg was born May 13, 1986, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Kris Versteeg Age
He is 33 years old.
Kris Versteeg Career
During his career, Kris played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphie Flyers, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, Avangard Omsk, Vaxjo lakers, and Nitra. Versteeg is a two time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2015. Kris was originally selected 134th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He played with the club’s minor league affiliate, the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played with the club for parts of two seasons before being traded to the Blackhawks. Versteeg continued playing in the AHL with the Blackhawks’ affiliates until making his NHL debut during the 2007-08 season. The following campaign, he received a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. In his second full season with the Blackhawks, he helped the club win the Stanley Cup in 2010. Following Chicago’s cup win, Versteeg played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, and Florida Panthers before being traded back to Chicago during the 2013-14 season, winning the Stanley Cup again in 2015.
Kris Versteeg Spouse
Versteeg and his wife Brittany Macri have two sons and a daughter. Kris resides in Brooklin, Ontario with his family.
Kris Versteeg Retirement
33-year-old Kris Versteeg announced his retirement after amassing 149 goals and 209 assists in 643 regular-season games as well as 18 goals and 30 assists in 93 playoffs games. In a twitter post, Chicago Blackhawks stated, “Forward Kris Versteeg has announced his retirement after an NHL career that includes two Stanley Cups with the #Blackhawks! Congrats on an incredible career steeger!
Forward Kris Versteeg has announced his retirement after an NHL career that includes two Stanley Cups with the #Blackhawks!
Congrats on an incredible career Steeger! https://t.co/NagvwGudFL
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 14, 2020
The National Hockey League Players Association also posted Kris Versteeg with a pair of Stanley Cups won over an NHL career that spanned 643 regular-season and 93 postseason games. The official communication of Kris Versteeg’s retirement can be found on this NHLPA website. The full-statement from Kris Versteeg read, “What a run it was. A kid from North Lethbridge who played on the streets every day, dreaming of playing in the NHL. I took a lot for granted in my time in the NHL. But the one thing I never took for granted were the relationships I made with my teammates and staff of the hockey clubs I played for. A bunch of people have made huge impacts on my life. There was one guy who took a kid with a different personality and a massive chip on his shoulder and helped give him hope, and that was Scott Gordon. Dale Tallon also took a chance on me and gave me multiple opportunities throughout my career. I know I wasn’t always the easiest to deal with. Without people like Scott and Dale, the road to today would not be what it was.
“Thanks to my agent Dave Kaye, and my finance advisor Chris Moynes for the last 15 years. Thank you to every organization I was able to play for. I didn’t realize it then, but I certainly appreciate now how amazing it was to play in the NHL. I want to thank the Chicago Blackhawks’ entire organization, from top to bottom, especially including the fans. The 2010 Championship was the highlight of my career. I also want to thank Brad Treliving for letting me come home to finish my NHL career. As a person and a GM, he made a huge impact on me.
“My grandparents Morris and Joanne helped pay for skates and equipment, while feeding us when we couldn’t afford it. They are my real heroes for keeping me and my brothers in the rinks and off the streets. I’m both nervous and excited for what comes next. I have a wife who has supported me endlessly, two boys and a daughter who all have their journeys ahead of them, and I’m excited to see where those might lead. Lastly, a special thanks to my Mom and Dad. I could thank you guys for a thousand things, but it all leads back to saying thank you for the hockey stick. It may be going on the rack, but the endless amount of amazing memories it gave our entire family will be etched in our minds forever.”