Ducks Sign Curran to Two-Year Contract
Defenseman was named the SHL’s 2019-20 MVP and Defenseman of the Year after picking up 12-37=49 points with a +8 rating and 67 PIM in 48 games.Jun 1, 2020
The Anaheim Ducks announced today the club signed defenseman Kodie Curran to a two-year contract through the 2021-22 NHL season.
Curran, 30 (12/18/89), has played the last two seasons with Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), collecting 24-62=86 points with a +13 rating and 91 penalty minutes (PIM) in 97 games. The 6-2, 201-pound blueliner was named the SHL’s 2019-20 MVP and Defenseman of the Year after picking up 12-37=49 points with a +8 rating and 67 PIM in 48 games. Curran led SHL defensemen in points and assists last season, while also recording the most points of any foreign-born player.
Curran has spent the last four years in Europe, including back-to-back championship stints in Norway (Storhamar in 2017-18) and Denmark (Esbjerg in 2016-17). His first SHL season in 2018-19 was highlighted by 12 goals (first among defensemen) and 37 points. In 2017-18, Curran was named the Norwegian Player of the Year, Playoff MVP and an All-Star Team member after collecting 12-17=29 points and a +18 rating in 14 playoff games. Curran also posted a league-best +51 rating during the 2017-18 regular season. He began his European career leading Esbjerg to a Danish championship with All-Star Team honors, while also pacing league defensemen in points (33) and goals (10).
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Curran helped Team Canada advance to the championship game of the 2018 Spengler Cup against KalPa, posting a +2 rating in four games. Curran’s most recent North American campaign came in 2015-16 when he earned 7-22=29 points in 63 combined games with Hartford (American Hockey League) and Greenville (ECHL).