Ryan James Kesler (born August 31, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Kesler began his career with the U.S. National Team Development Program from which he then accepted a scholarship to play college hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In one season with the Buckeyes, he was an honourable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team and was named CCHA Rookie of the Week three times and CCHA Rookie of the Month once. Drafted in the first round, 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kesler has spent his entire five-year NHL career with the Canucks. In addition to the U.S. National Team Development Program and the Ohio State Buckeyes, Kesler has also suited up for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he was named to an AHL All-Star Game.
Kesler has represented the United States at four International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned events, winning one World U18 Championship gold medal and one World Junior Championships gold medal. He also participated in the 2001 World U-17 Hockey...
FULL ARTICLE AT WIKIPEDIA.ORG