Kyle Frank Clifford of the Los Angeles Kings turned 23 on January 13 as his team beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Let’s take a look at his career thus far.
From 2007- 10 he played for the OHL’s Barrie Cults. In a 184 game he gained 100 points (45G-55A) and totaled 327 penalty minutes. He helped them Advance to the OHL Championship in the 2009-10 season but they ended up losing.
The 6’2” 211-pund forward that shoots left, was the second round 35th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Kings. He played for the Manchester Monarchs from 2009-10 (helping them advance to the AHL’s Easter Conference Finals) and earned a spot on the Kings roster after the 2010-11 seasons training camp. He scored his first NHL goal December 9, 2010. That season he also led the Kings in penalty minutes, second among NHL rookies, fifth of the Kings in hits 138, making him third among NHL rookies, he tied the club lead for most playoff goals and points and he had the most points by a rookie in the playoffs for the Kings.
Internationally Clifford played for Team Canada at the World U18 Championships.
Clifford’s NHL record 242 regular season games, is 25 points (22G-23A), minus-10 rating, and 373 penalty minutes. In 23 playoff contests he has seven points (3G-4A), a minus-4 rating and 17 penalty minutes.
Happy Birthday Kyle Clifford!
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