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5/14/1974 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Hartfords 7th, 153rd overall, in 1992.
Left-winger Ken Belanger entered the 2001-02 season as a physical component on the improved Los Angeles Kings. The 6'4" grinder played with three teams before heading to the Golden state and was an imposing force wherever he played.
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Belanger played with the local Legion team in the NOHA before heading to the OHL. He split his major junior career between the Ottawa 67's and Guelph Storm where he demonstrated an ability to go to the net as well as play rough. In 1992, the burly forward was chosen 153rd overall by the Hartford Whalers at the NHL Entry Draft. He never played for the club and was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in March 1994.
Belanger played three games for Toronto in 1994-95 then was dispatched to St. John's of the AHL the next season. He was traded to the New York Islanders in January 1996 and was an effective enforcer for the young squad. In November 1998 he was sent to the Boston Bruins for forward Ted Donato. He received more ice time under hard-nosed coaches Pat Burns and Mike Keenan but was not resigned by the Bruins after the 2000-01 season. Belanger was inked to deal by the Kings to help give their skilled players more room in 2001-02.
After missing the majority of the 2002-03 season and the entire 2003-04 season, Belanger signed as a free-agent with Adirondack of the UHL in December of 2004 and went on to play one game with the club. In the fall of 2005 Belanger returned to the Kings lineup and saw action in five games before informing the club of his intentions to retire.
Belanger officially announced his retirement on November 14, 2005.
Traded to Toronto by Hartford for Torontos 9th round choice (Matt Ball) in 1994 Entry Draft, March 18th, 1994. Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto with Damian Rhodes for future considerations (Kirk Muller and Don Beaupre, January 23rd, 1996. Traded to Boston by NY Islanders for Ted Donato, November 7th, 1998. Missed majority of 1999-2000 season recovering from head injury suffered in game vs. Toronto, November 11th, 1999. Signed as a free agent by LA Kings, July 2nd, 2001.