Keith Aldridge

Keith Albert Aldridge (born July 20, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He played four games in the National Hockey League with the Dallas Stars in the 1999–2000 season.

Keith Aldridge
Born (1973-07-20) July 20, 1973
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Dallas Stars
Frankfurt Lions
Eisbären Berlin
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19962005

Playing career

Amateur

As a youth, Aldridge played in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the Detroit Compuware and Detroit Red Wings minor ice hockey teams.[1]

Aldridge played junior hockey with the Rochester Mustangs of the United States Hockey League in 1991-92, where he was named to the USHL First All-Star Team.

Aldridge played college hockey for Lake Superior State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and was voted the CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman in 1995-96. He was a member of the Lakers' NCAA National Championship team in 1993-94, and was also named to the All-Star Tournament First Team. Aldridge was also named Second Team CCHA in 1994, First Team CCHA in 1995 and 1996, NCAA West Second All-American Team in 1995, and NCAA West First All-American Team in 1996.[2]

Aldridge was a finalist for the 1996 Hobey Baker Award that went to Brian Bonin of Minnesota.

Professional

Aldridge was not selected in the NHL Entry Draft out of college, but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League in 1996.

In 1997, Aldridge signed with his hometown Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League, where he was named an IHL All-Star in 1998-99. His impressive play led to a professional contract with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League in 1999. Although most of his season was spent in the IHL with the affiliate Kalamazoo Wings, he did play 4 games with the Stars. He spent the 2000-01 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL. From 2001-2004, Aldridge played overseas for the Frankfurt Lions and Eisbären Berlin.

Aldridge signed with the New York Islanders in 2004, a move that reunited him with his college head coach Jeff Jackson, who had recently joined the Islanders staff as an assistant coach. Aldridge could not crack the NHL lineup, and he concluded his playing career in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2005.

Post playing career

Aldridge currently serves as Vice President and General Manager of Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. His father, Stan Aldridge, had purchased the club in 1981. Aldridge worked at the facility through his youth before joining the organization full-time.[3][4]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92Rochester MustangsUSHL48112334123
1992–93Lake Superior StateCCHA373111430
1993–94Lake Superior StateCCHA4510243486
1994–95Lake Superior StateCCHA4010314189
1995–96Lake Superior StateCCHA3814365088
1995–96Baltimore BanditsAHL70224
1996–97Baltimore BanditsAHL5149139230004
1997–98Detroit VipersIHL791321348923191067
1998–99Detroit VipersIHL661528431301127949
1999–00Michigan K-WingsIHL552101255
1999–00Dallas StarsNHL40000
2000–01Frankfurt LionsDEL3991221141
2000–01Grand Rapids GriffinsIHL36381199100228
2001–02Eisbären BerlinDEL487152215940224
2002–03Eisbären BerlinDEL5012233599902222
2003–04Eisbären BerlinDEL4881321841117820
2004–05Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL32191035
NHL totals 4 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 1993–94 [5]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1994 [6]
All-CCHA First Team 1994–95 [5]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1994–95
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1995 [7]
All-CCHA First Team 1995–96 [5]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1995–96
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1996 [7]

References

  1. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  2. "Keith Aldridge player profile". legendsofhockey.net. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  3. "Indian Wood owners courting PGA". freep.com. 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  4. "Golf preview from hockey to the Golf Course with Keith Aldridge". The Oakland Press. 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  5. "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  6. "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  7. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kelly Perrault
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
1995–96
Succeeded by
Andy Roach
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