Kindl named Wings' rookie of the year
Detroit Sports Broadcasters Assoc. pegs Czech-born D-man
A native of Sumperk, Czech Republic, Kindl was originally selected by the Red Wings in the opening round (19th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman tallied 13 goals, 76 assists and 225 penalty minutes in 237 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins following a standout junior career with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers.
Kindl, 24, represented the Czech Republic at both the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and was a member of Team PlanetUSA at the 2009 AHL All-Star Game. His first career goal at the NHL level was recorded on Jan. 20, 2011 during the second period of a 4-3 road victory over the St. Louis Blues (opposing goalie: Jaroslav Halak).
The DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award dates back to the 1948-49 NHL season. Previous recipients of the award include current Detroit players Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jiri Hudler, Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Ericsson.