Tuesday, June 28, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Rob Klinkhammer

                      Position: Left Wing               Shoots: Left
                      Height: 6'3"                         Birthday: August 12, 1986
                      Weight: 210                        Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta

2010-11 Stats
GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   SOG   S%
76   17  29   46    +14     63      0       1      204    8.3

Rob Klinkhammer was an extremely versatile player for the IceHogs this season. He was mainly used as a top six forward for the club, had limited power play time on the second unit, and was one of the top penalty killers. He was very effective as a PKer. He'd use his ability to block shots and his active stick to get the puck out of the zone and, more often than not, get a shorthanded breakaway out of the deal. He'd even get breakaways at even strength due to his defensive zone play. Three times he drew a penalty shot, but he never converted on them. On a lot of his other breakaways, he also didn't convert as often as he should have. Late in the year, he started to convert on more of them.

Klinkhammer's a character guy in the dressing room and on the ice. He gives 100% effort every shift. He finishes his checks, uses his size to his advantage, and is a fast skater. He led the Hogs in +/- ratings with a +14. His 17 goals, 29 assists, and 46 points were all career highs for him. He was also third in team scoring.

This season was his fourth in the pros and on December 8th he was called up by the Blackhawks and he made his NHL debut at the United Center against the Dallas Stars. He was also recalled by the Hawks on April 14th to be a part of the Black Aces for the playoffs.

Klinkhammer's contract is up this summer. He's a restricted free agent and the Hawks did send him a qualifying offer. He'll be back in a Hogs sweater next year if he doesn't make the big club.

Teammates Brain Connelly and Chris DiDomenico celebrate with Klinkhammer after he scored a goal on October 23rd against the Chicago Wolves.

Klinkhammer after he was announced as 2nd star of the game on October 23rd.

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