Ken Daneyko

Ken Daneyko ( born April 17, 1964 in Windsor, Ontario ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defender who played throughout his career 1984-2003 for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

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Ken Daneyko began his career in 1980 in the Canadian Junior Football League WHL where he played for the Spokane Flyers, the Seattle Breakers and the Kamloops Junior Oilers. In 1982 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round at position 18. He did not go directly to the Devils, remained a whole year in the WHL, and parts of the 1983 season / 84th During the season he also made ​​his debut in the NHL and brought it to eleven missions.

1984/85 he played only once for the Devils and completed the season mainly in the AHL with the Maine Mariners, the farm team of New Jersey. The following season, he was allowed back often on the ice for the Devils and in the autumn of 1986 he had finally won a solid regular place in the squad of the New Jersey Devils.

In the 1987/88 season, he helped the team was in the table of NHL greatly improved and for the first time in eleven years, once again reached the playoffs. It was actually the first time ever since the team was drawn in 1982 from Colorado to New Jersey. In the playoffs, they then reached the Conference Finals.

Daneyko was missing only a few games and thus also had a big role in ensuring that the team always evolved and finally in the 1994/95 season reached its climax when they won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

One of his personal lows he experienced, however, three years later, when he missed most of the season 1997/ 98 because he had a drinking problem. General Manager Lou Lamoriello stood by him and sent him to a withdrawal program. Daneyko finally returned back into the team and won the Stanley Cup in 2000. Moreover, Ken Daneyko was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player who perseverance, dedication and fairness shows in and around the sport of ice hockey.

After the Stanley Cup win, he began his 18th season with the Devils and two more were to follow. With the Stanley Cup - winning 2003 he finally retired as an active athlete in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils hung on 24 March 2006 in honor of him a banner with his name and the number 3 on the hall ceiling of her ice stadium, bringing the number is assigned to no more players.

Ken Daneyko was one of the defensive specialists among the defenders, who preferred the more physically tough game. He played 1283 games in the NHL, but could only achieve 178 points. However, is offset by 2516 penalty minutes. His trademark was his laugh, because whenever one he opened his mouth, you only saw a blank area where the cutting teeth should have been. He had lost it when he got shot a puck in the face.

After the end of his career he was again negative conspicuous when he was traveling under the influence of alcohol in his car.

He is currently a hockey expert for the TV channels ( FSN), which transfers the home games of the Devils, works.

Awards and achievements

  • 2000 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
  • 2003 Stanley Cup win with the New Jersey Devils


Career Stats


Represented Canada at:

  • World Cup 1986
  • World Cup 1989

( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )