Justin Abdelkader (born February 25, 1987 in Muskegon, Michigan), is an American ice hockey forward playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Justin Abdelkader is the son of Joseph and Sheryl Abdelkader. The surname Abdelkader is Arabic. His dad’s dad came over from Jordan when he was 18 years old. He lived there and grew up there, but then he came over to Muskegon, where he met Justin's grandmother and they started a family.
Born and raised in Norton Shores, Justin graduated from Mona Shores High School in 2005, where he was named to the all-state hockey team and awarded the Mr. Hockey award, given to the top high school ice hockey player in the state. His senior year he played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL, and his contributions helped win the Clark Cup for the USHL Championship.
In the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Abdelkader was selected 42nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings. He was also selected to play for the United States Junior National Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden in 2007.
On April 7, 2007, Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal in the 2007 NCAA Championship Game against Boston College, securing the NCAA...