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MEET THE ROOKIES: KEVIN PORTER

Saturday, 09.13.2008 / 12:00 PM / Features
By Russell Brooks
 
Kevin Porter
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 194
Born: Dec 24 '86 (Age 22)    
Born in: Detroit, MI, United States
Drafted: Phoenix's 4th round choice, 119th overall, in 2004

PORTER AT A GLANCE:

Kevin Porter has enjoyed the past four years. Since being drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Porter played on Team USA twice at the World Junior Championships, was team captain of the Michigan Wolverines, played in the Frozen Four, finished second in Michigan history in scoring behind Brendan Morrison and won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s most valuable player.
 
Small in stature at 5’11”, height has not limited Porter. Described as a very intelligent player by many in the Coyotes organization, Porter has lived up to his billing and more.
 
The 2007-08 season was a coming out party for the native of Detroit. The senior finished first on his team in scoring with 33 goals and 30 assists for 63 points in 43 games. Porter was a power-play specialist scoring 15 of his 33 goals with the man advantage. After losing to Notre Dame in the Frozen Four semi-final game, Porter joined the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for the postseason with Michigan teammate Chad Kolarik. In seven playoff games, Porter had four assists.
 
Porter will be joining the Coyotes for his first professional training camp after signing a three-year entry-level contract on April 14, 2008.

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATS
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 USNTDP U-17 19 9 11 20   8          
2002-2003 USNTDP U-18 13 1 2 3   2          
2002-2003 United States WJ18-A 6 0 2 2   30          
2002-2003 USNTDP NAHL 40 19 9 28   17          
2003-2004 USNTDP U-18 44 5 21 26   26          
2003-2004 United States WJ18-A 6 2 6 8   4          
2003-2004 USNTDP NAHL 11 3 8 11   4          
2004-2005 University of Michigan CCHA 39 11 13 24   51          
2004-2005 United States WJC-A 7 3 2 5   6          
2005-2006 University of Michigan CCHA 39 17 21 38   30          
2005-2006 United States WJC-A 7 2 4 6   2          
2006-2007 University of Michigan CCHA 41 24 34 58   16          
2007-2008 University of Michigan CCHA 43 33 30 63   18          
2007-2008 San Antonio Rampage AHL                      
 
CAREER PLAYOFF STATS
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2005-2006 University of Michigan CCHA                      
2006-2007 University of Michigan CCHA                      
2007-2008 University of Michigan CCHA                      
2007-2008 San Antonio Rampage AHL 7 0 4 4 -3 0 0 0      

THE SKINNY ON PORTER:

“Kevin had a great senior season at Michigan, capping it with a Hobey Baker. His game is mature. He plays both ends of the ice and is a very intelligent player. He is a leader. His first taste of pro hockey was in the playoffs with San Antonio. By the end of the series, he earned the trust of the coaches playing in all situations. He is another player we are excited about and will compete for a job in training camp. He is very versatile. Last year was his first year playing center and all he did was finish second in the nation in scoring and win a Hobey Baker. He was a winger all of his life. He can play both positions. He competes hard,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said.

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH PORTER:
Q: What is the most memorable moment of your career?
KP: “Going to the Frozen Four this past season along with winning the Hobey Baker have to be my most memorable moments.“
 
He is a leader. His first taste of pro hockey was in the playoffs with San Antonio. By the end of the series, he earned the trust of the coaches playing in all situations. - Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving
Q: What is your typical pre-game routine?
KP: “I get a nap, then grab a snack and get to the rink about two hours before a game. Tape my sticks. Do a little visualization about different game situations like what I am going to do with and without the puck.”
 
Q: What was the toughest part about the transition from Michigan to San Antonio?
KP: “Guys are a lot stronger and quicker in San Antonio. Everyone is in position so it’s hard to find room on the ice.”
 
Q: What has it been like playing with Chad Kolarik over the last six years?
KP: “It has been great, he’s a great player. It has been pretty easy when we play together. When we got to San Antonio, being down there together made it easier.”
 
Q: What is your favorite off-season activity?
KP: “I really got into golf this summer so I am trying to get better at that.”

 

Up Next:
On Sunday, phoenixcoyotes.com will take a look at forward Viktor Tikhonov in the sixth installment of our seven-part series.
 
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 16, when the Coyotes take on the Los Angeles Kings in the first of two rookie games. You can attend for free at Jobing.com Arena or watch a free webcast of the game starting at 6 p.m. (PST).
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