Todd Kelman

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Todd Kelman
Born (1975-01-05) 5 January 1975 (age 48)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Played for Bracknell Bees
Belfast Giants
NHL Draft 141st overall, 1993
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 19972008

Todd Kelman (born 5 January 1975) is a Canadian retired ice hockey defenceman who is currently the Managing Director of the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League. He was an original member of the first Belfast Giants squad that played in the old Ice Hockey Superleague in the 2000–01 season. He won the Superleague title twice, once with the Giants in 2001–02 (a mere one season after the team was founded) and previously with the Bracknell Bees two seasons earlier in 1999–00. He also won the Superleague Playoff Championship and the Elite League with the Giants in 2002–03 and 2005–06 respectively.

During his tenure at the Giants, 'Killer' became a huge favourite amongst the fans for his offensive style of play that created goals for the Giants as well as his strong defensive style and solid penalty killing. In seven seasons he played 366 games, which at the time was more than any other player in Giants history. He also retired as the leading points scoring defenceman in Giants history with 67 goals and 122 assists for 189 points. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Kelman retired as a player to become the General Manager of the Belfast Giants.

In 7 seasons as the General Manager of the Belfast Giants, Kelman and the Giants won the Challenge Cup and British Knock Out Cup (both in the 2008/09 season), the Playoff Championship in 2010 and Elite League titles in 2011-12 & 2013-14.

In 2010, Kelman secured an exhibition game for the named "Belfast Giants Select" (featuring the best players from the Elite League), against the world-famous NHL side, the Boston Bruins. The game took place at the Odyssey Arena on 2 October 2010, with the Bruins securing a 5-1 victory.

Kelman was drafted 141st overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, but never played a game having spent his career at college for Bowling Green State University before joining the Bracknell Bees in 1997.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1992–93 Vernon Lakers BCJHL 4816304654
1993–94 Bowling Green University NCAA 1802212
1994–95 Bowling Green UniversityNCAA3726820
1995–96 Bowling Green UniversityNCAA3215640
1996–97 Bowling Green UniversityNCAA36391251
1997–98 Bracknell Bees BISL 4568143661234
1998–99 Bracknell BeesBISL4229113472138
1999–00 Bracknell BeesBISL42513184061122
2000–01 Belfast Giants BISL4866125860004
2001–02 Belfast GiantsBISL48910194861014
2002–03 Belfast GiantsBISL32257321606616
2003–04 Belfast Giants EIHL 561436504641012
2004–05 Belfast GiantsEIHL246612880222
2005–06 Belfast GiantsEIHL4413193252712310
2006–07 Belfast GiantsEIHL541226388030006
2007–08 Belfast GiantsEIHL1215664
BISL totals257305181248475101538

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