Chet Pickard

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Chet Pickard
Chet Pickard Cyclones.jpg
Born (1989-11-29) November 29, 1989 (age 25)
Moncton, NB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
DEN team
Former teams
Odense Bulldogs
Milwaukee Admirals
Djurgårdens IF
Oklahoma City Barons
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2008
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2009–present

Chet Pickard (born November 29, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with Danish club, the Odense Bulldogs in the Metal Ligaen.

Playing career[edit]

Pickard played minor hockey with the Winnipeg Monarchs before joining the major junior ranks with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2005–06. He played backup to Carey Price in his first two seasons, then took over the starting position in 2007–08 as Price graduated to the Montreal Canadiens. Pickard won 46 games, was named CHL Goaltender of the Week on December 9, 2008.,[1] and posted a 2.32 goals against average (GAA) and .920 save percentage, en route to succeeding Price as CHL Goaltender of the Year. He was additionally awarded the Del Wilson Trophy as the top WHL goaltender and was named to the WHL West and CHL First All-Star Teams.

Pickard playing for the Nashville Predators in a rookie game vs. the Florida Panthers

In the off-season, he was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In 2008–09, he recorded a 2.28 GAA and .921 save percentage, while helping lead the Americans to their second straight U.S. Division title. He was nominated for his second Del Wilson Trophy opposite Braden Holtby of the Saskatoon Blades[1] and named to the WHL West First All-Star Team.

Pickard played most of the 2010-11 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones and Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.During the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs he was called up to the Nashville Predators before their 2nd round series with the Vancouver Canucks, however he did not get into a game.[citation needed]

In the 2012–13 season, Pickard signed his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year deal with Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan side, Djurgårdens IF. In 45 games, Pickard earned a professional high 25 wins to help Djurgårdens advance to the Kvalserien playoffs.

Pickard returned to North America in the off-season and agreed to a try-out at the San Antonio Rampage training camp for the 2013–14 season.[2] He was later released by the Rampage before on November 8, 2013, he was signed to an AHL deal with the Oklahoma City Barons and then loaned to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.[3]

On June 10, 2014, Pickard returned for another stint in Europe, signing a one-year contract to be the starting goaltender with Danish club, the Odense Bulldogs of the Metal Ligaen.[4]

Personal[edit]

Chet's younger brother Calvin Pickard is also a goaltender, who is in the Colorado Avalanche farm system, playing for the Lake Erie Monsters.[5]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Ottawa

Playing in his fourth junior season, Pickard was selected by Team Canada for the 2009 World Junior Championships.[6] He played in two games as backup to Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs, helping Canada to their fifth straight gold medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Tri-City Americans WHL 26 9 9 1 1270 62 3 2.93 .897
2006–07 Tri-City Americans WHL 29 17 10 1 1577 75 1 2.85 .903 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .800
2007–08 Tri-City Americans WHL 64 46 12 4 3779 146 2 2.32 .918 16 11 3 1010 30 3 1.78 .937
2008–09 Tri-City Americans WHL 50 35 12 3 2947 112 6 2.28 .921 11 6 4 650 37 0 3.41 .877
2009–10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 36 14 16 3 2024 96 1 2.85 .892 1 0 0 12 1 0 5.08 .900
2010–11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 7 1 4 1 365 18 0 2.96 .899
2010–11 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 29 9 14 3 1506 85 1 3.39 .877
2011–12 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 32 14 12 2 1805 94 1 3.12 .890
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF Swe.1 45 25 20 0 2650 95 5 2.15 .918 6 3 2 330 18 0 3.28 .895
2013–14 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 21 6 11 1 1106 59 0 3.20 .875
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 6 1 2 0 202 18 0 5.34 .854
AHL totals 49 16 22 4 2591 132 1 3.06 .889 1 0 0 12 1 0 5.08 .900

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Canada WJC 1st 2 2 0 0 120 1 1 0.50 .975
Junior totals 2 2 0 0 120 1 1 0.50 .975

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
West First All-Star Team 2008, 2009
Del Wilson Trophy 2008, 2009
CHL First All-Star Team 2008
CHL Goaltender of the Year 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A look at the 2008-09 WHL Award Finalists". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-03-26. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Rampage announce training camp roster". 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Barons sign Chet Pickard to AHL contract". Oklahoma City Barons. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Strong keeper gets sentence" (in Danish). Odense Bulldogs. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  5. ^ "Lake Erie Monster's Roster". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  6. ^ "2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Roster". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Colin Wilson
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Ryan Ellis
Preceded by
Carey Price
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Martin Jones