Nazem Samir Kadri (born October 6, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center for the Colorado Avalanche as well as the current owner of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues (NHL). The Toronto Maple Leafs selected him seventh overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
He began his junior career with the Kitchener Rangers and subsequently, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He was a member of the Kitchener Rangers team that won the J. Ross Robertson Cup and lost in the 2008 Memorial Cup final to the Spokane Chiefs. Nazem Kadri also competed for Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where the team finished second after losing in the final to United States.
Kadri led the NHL in penalty draws from the start of the 2012–13 season through March 21, 2016, with 164, 46 more than the second-placed player, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings. The NHL announced on Monday that St. Louis police are looking into threats made against Colorado Avalanche forward.
Nazem Kadri, has been the target of racist social media messages since he was involved in a collision that forced Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington to miss the rest of the series. By email, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league was in contact with St. Louis Police, who were using increased security procedures at both the arena and the Avalanche hotel.
On July 1, 2019, Kadri was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot, and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (together with Calle Rosén). He had a successful first 51 games with his new team, scoring 19 goals and 17 assists before missing the balance of the regular season due to a lower-body ailment.
The regular season was cut short owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, and the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs will be held in a bubble in Canada later in the summer. For the playoffs, Kadri returned to the club and was instrumental in the team’s victory in the qualifying round and first round. In the second round, Colorado was defeated by the Dallas Stars.
The NHL changed its schedule for a truncated 2020–21 season, with teams only playing inside their divisions, due to the ongoing epidemic. Nazem Kadri scored 11 goals and added 21 assists in 56 games for the Avalanche, who won the President’s Trophy as the league’s best team by a razor-thin margin over divisional rivals the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Avalanche swept the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, despite being one of the favorites. After an illegal blow to the head of Justin Faulk in game two of the first-round playoff series, Nazem Kadri was suspended for eight games and threats to Nazem Kadri have been started revolving.
The penalty was upheld by the league after Kadri filed an appeal. The final game of Kadri’s sentence coincided with Colorado’s loss in the second round to the Golden Knights, therefore he would miss the 2021 playoffs. He later expressed his thoughts on the incident, adding “I truly dislike disappointing people. And when I raised my eyes from the ice to see Justin lying there. I was expecting this. I knew. My thoughts were racing while I was sitting in the penalty box. I was fed up with myself.” Because threats to Nazem Kadri were many in number
The NHL’s competition format was restored for the 2021–22 season. Nazem Kadri had his finest season to date, scoring 28 goals and recording 59 assists, setting new career highs in both assists and overall points. He averaged over a point per game for the first time in his career. Before suffering an upper-body ailment in March, Kadri was on pace to reach 100 points for the first time in his career. He missed eight games before returning for the regular-season finale.
When Nazem Kadri collided with Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington while charging the net in Game 3 of the Avalanche’s 2022 postseason second-round series against the Blues, he sparked another controversy. Binnington was forced to leave the game due to a lower bodyguard injury giving threats to Nazem Kadri and missed out on the rest of the series as a result. The Avalanche came from behind to win the game. When asked about the incident, Blues coach Craig Berube replied only that “Consider Kadri’s track record. That’s all I have to say on the subject.”
Nazem Kadri receiving threats:
The Colorado Avalanche confirmed in a statement Sunday that they are “informed of threats made targeting Nazem Kadri” following Saturday night’s game in St. Louis. They are investigating with the help of local law enforcement. During the Avalanche’s 5-2 win against the Blues on Saturday, Kadri collided with Blues defenseman Calle Rosen as a puck sat in front of Jordan Binnington’s crease.
Kadri and Rosen collided with Binnington, and the trio collapsed into the net. On the play, Binnington sustained an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the series. On-ice officials did not call a penalty, and the league did not issue any additional punishment on Sunday as the threats to Nazem Kadri has been given.
Former NHL player and chair of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, Akim Aliu, tweeted that he had spoken with Kadri. Aliu stated on Twitter, “So many racist comments and threats to Nazem Kadri since last night that police had to be called in.” “This type of racist attack has no place in hockey and should be investigated and reported.” Following a ban in the postseason last season, Kadri received racist insults, which his wife, Ashley, revealed on an Instagram page dedicated to their cat.
She noted at the time, “This happens on a regular basis for him.”
The Avalanche leads the Blues 2-1 in the series, and Game 4 is set for Monday. Kadri has six points in the postseason for the Avalanche, and he was the team’s third-leading scorer in the regular season with 87 points. And the threats that Kadri received are investigated by police.