Justin Abdelkader is an American ice hockey left wing and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and plays for the American national team. He is best known for his toughness and all-around hustle. He is the first rookie to score goals in back to back Stanley Cup Finals games since Dino Ciccarelli in 1981. He was selected to play for his national team in IIHF World Championship.
Justin Abdelkader was born on 25 February 1987 and is currently aged 31. He is born to an American parent; father Joseph Abdelkader and mother Sheryl Abdelkader in Muskegon, Michigan, the U.S under the birth sign of Pisces. He is of American nationality and belongs to Caucasian ethnicity. He attended Churchill Elementary School and graduated from Mona Shores High School.
Detroit Red Wings drafted Justin Abdelkader in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft in 42nd overall. He made his professional NHL debut against Columbus Blue. He helped his club to win the Stanley Cup. He scored 24 goals for the Wings in the 2008–09 season and was regarded as one of the team's best players. He played in 50 games for the club scoring three goals during the 2009-10 season.
Abdelkader made his senior international debut as the captain of the team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship 2014. He finished the tournament scoring three goals and assists appearing in seven games. He too represented the United States at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He played three games scoring a goal in the tournament.
Talking about Justin Abdelkader' personal life and current relationship status, he is a married man. Justin Abdelkader married his longterm girlfriend Julie Leshkevich. After enjoying a dating relationship for several years, the couple got engaged in November 2016.
Justin Abdelkader married wife Julie Leshkevich in a private wedding ceremony in their hometown. The couple doesn't have any children yet. For now, the pair is living a blissful married life with no rumors of divorce and separation issues.
Justin Abdelkader stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 99 kg.
Justin Abdelkader is a wealthy man. He currently receives an annual salary of $4 million; a million dollar more than the fellow hockey player Paul Kariya from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. As of 2018, Justin Abdelkader' net worth is around $30 million. His recent market value is recorded to be $15 Million.