Kyle Quincey avoided arbitration by signing a two-year deal with the Detroit Redwings. The left shooting, offensive defenseman was born on August 12, 1985. (Hey, we share a birthday!) He was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada but was raised in Caledon, Ontario. He started playing hockey with the AAA program of the OMHA, mostly with the Halton Hurricanes. He was drafted by the London Knights in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection in the 3rd round, 47th overall. In the beginning of the 03-04 season he was traded to the Mississauga IceDogs, where he helped lead them to the 2004 OHL Finals. Unfortunately they were swept in 4 games by the Guelph Storm. In the 04-05 season he finished with 46 points in 59 games, was named the Eastern Conference Best Defensive Defenseman, made the Second All-Star team, and was 3rd in voting for the OHL’s top defenseman award, the Max Kaminsky Trophy.
In 2003 Quincey was drafted by Detroit in the NHL Entry Draft in the 4th round, 132nd overall. On July 28, 2005, he was signed by the RedWings to a 3 year entry level contract. Assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, he finished 5th among AHL rookie defensemen with 7 goals, 33 points in 70 games. He made his NHL debut as a call-up on November 25, 2005. During the 2008 season he was called up to Detroit for the entire playoffs. Though he was allowed in the team picture with the Stanley Cup, he was not awarded a ring and did not qualify to have his name inscribed on the Cup. Talked about being so close, yet so far, eh? On October 13, 2008 he was placed on waivers and immediately claimed by the L.A. Kings. This was his breakthrough season, as he lead the Kings in defensemen with 34 assists, 38 points total in 72 games. On July 3, 2009 he was traded along with defenseman Tom Preissing and a 5th round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Colorado Avalanche for left winger Ryan Smith.
In July and August 2011 Kyle was the captain for Team Canada in a 3 game exhibition series vs the USA in New Zealand.
On February 21, 2012, (A day that broke my heart), Quincey was traded to Tampa for Steve Downie. Steve Downie will always be one of my favorites no matter what uniform he wears. Moments later Kyle was dealt out again back to Detroit for a 1st round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and minor leaguer Sebastien Piche. I always tell people “Chillax, in Yzerman I trust.” However I’m still not sure what he was thinking on that trade. Downie was awesome, would have been tolerable here in Tampa if he’d of kept Quincey. However he ended up being traded right away? I know that SY looks at the big picture and is planning for the future of the team. Doesn’t mean I have to like every move that he makes. But enough about that.
Kyle Quincey is a true warrior as he has had to work hard and prove himself time and time again, battling injuries such as a broken hand and a herniated disc. In 257 career games with the Wings, Avalanche, and Kings he has acquired 95 points. (18 goals and 77 assists.) Last year between the Avs and the Wings he came out with 7 goals and 19 assists for a total of 26 points, and 89 penalty minutes. He’s come so close to championships in both the OHL and the NHL. It’s time for him to go all the way and get his name on The Stanley Cup! He’s sure earned it. Kyle Quincey was a great signing by Detroit, and I’m glad that they decided to keep him. Welcome back to your NHL home, Kyle.
Wear it red and wear it proud! Wingin’ it in Hockey Paradise,