|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
179 lb (81 kg)
|NHL Team||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Born||May 13 1986
Lethbridge, AB, CAN
|NHL Draft||134th overall, 2004
|Pro Career||2006 – present|
Versteeg was drafted 134th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. After a four-year Western Hockey League (WHL) career (spanning from 2002–03 to 2005–06 and spent with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kamloops Blazers and Red Deer Rebels) Versteeg made his professional debut, playing in the final 13 games of the 2005–06 season with Boston's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
He remained with Providence for the beginning of 2006–07 before being traded by Boston on February 3, 2007, along with a conditional draft pick, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Bochenski. As a result, he moved within the AHL to Chicago's minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. Versteeg then played for the Rockford IceHogs in 2007–08, as Chicago switched its AHL affiliation. He made his NHL debut that season as he was called up for a total of 13 games, recording 2 goals and 2 assists.
Versteeg played his first full season with the Blackhawks in 2008–09. On January 1, 2009, he scored the opening goal of the 2009 Winter Classic held at Wrigley Field against the Detroit Red Wings. Finishing the season with 22 goals and 53 points, second in rookie scoring to Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year along with Ryan and goaltender Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets for his efforts.
Versteeg's entry-level contract expired after the 2008-09 season, which would typically have made him a restricted free agent. However, a clerical error led to speculation Versteeg and several of his teammates could become unrestricted free agents. The NHLPA filed a grievance on the players' behalf, but on July 8, 2009, he resigned with the Blackhawks to a three-year contract, worth nearly nine million dollars.
|2005–06||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||57||10||26||36||103||—||—||—||—||—|
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