Chris Conner

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Chris Conner
Chris Conner 2011-03-20.JPG
Conner with the Penguins in 2011.
Born (1983-12-23) December 23, 1983 (age 30)
Westland, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
Dallas Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present

Christopher Ryan Conner (born December 23, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey winger. He is who is currently playing with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Background[edit]

Conner grew up in Westland, Michigan and attended Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan. He lived in the same neighbourhood as current Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, and the two grew up together playing hockey since childhood.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Chris Conner played four seasons of collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech of the WCHA from 2002 to 2006. After his senior year, Chris made his professional debut with the Iowa Stars of the AHL at the end of the 2005–06 season.

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On July 13, 2006, Conner signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars.[1] Conner was then assigned to affiliate Iowa for the start of the 2006–07 season, but upon being recalled, scored his first NHL goal during a game against the Colorado Avalanche on December 27, 2006. Conner was re-signed by the Stars at the end of the 2007–08 season to a one-year deal on March 12, 2008.[2]

After splitting the 2008–09 season between the Stars and the Peoria Rivermen, Conner signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh Penguins on July 7, 2009.[3] Conner appeared in 60 games during the 2010–11 NHL season with Pittsburgh, scoring seven goals with nine assists. He scored the Penguins second goal in an 8-2 loss in Game 5 of Pittsburgh's first round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Conner failed to convert on a penalty shot during the second period of the next game, losing the puck off his stick as he advanced towards Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Pittsburgh ultimately lost the series in seven games.

On July 7, 2011, Conner signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[4]

In the following 2012–13 season, Conner signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on a one-year contract. With the lockout in affect, he was directly assigned to AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He was recalled by the Coyotes to help their playoff push, appearing in 12 games to score 2 points, before being returned to Portland before the end of their season.[5]

On July 5, 2013, Conner signed a one-year, two-way contract to return with the Pittsburgh Penguins that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level.[6]

On July 1, 2014, Conner continued his journeyman career in signing a one-year two way contract with the Washington Capitals.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Chicago Freeze NAHL 56 17 28 45 18
2001–02 Chicago Freeze NAHL 30 18 15 33 30
2001–02 Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 19 4 9 13 23
2002–03 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 13 24 37 8
2003–04 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 25 14 39 12
2004–05 Michigan Tech WCHA 37 14 10 24 6
2005–06 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 17 12 29 18
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 15 2 3 5 0 7 1 1 2 2
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 48 19 18 37 24 12 2 5 7 2
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 11 1 2 3 4
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 55 13 26 39 17
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 22 3 2 5 6 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 30 16 12 28 10
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 38 3 10 13 10
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 59 19 37 56 21 4 2 2 4 2
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 11 3 6 9 2
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 7 9 16 10 7 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 16 37 53 22
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 60 13 27 40 28 1 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 12 1 1 2 2
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 17 6 5 11 8
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 4 1 5 2
NHL totals 178 22 28 50 34 9 1 0 1 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 2003–04

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stars sign LW Chris Conner". Dallas Stars. 2006-07-13. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Stars sign three players to contracts". Dallas Stars. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Penguins sign Conner, Lee". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Wings sign Penguin Chris Conner to one-year contract". dailytribune.com. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Coyotes assign Bolduc, Conner and Stone to Pirates". Phoenix Coyotes. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Penguins Sign Forward Chris Conner". National Hockey League. Pittsburgh Penguins. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Capitals add two Penguins defencemen in free agency". Washington Post. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

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