Chris Dingman

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Chris Dingman
Born (1976-07-06) July 6, 1976 (age 38)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 243 lb (110 kg; 17 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 19th overall, 1994
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1996–2008

Christopher Robert Dingman (born July 6, 1976) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career[edit]

Dingman played junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, and served as that team's captain when they won the WHL Championship during the 1995–96 season. In his best campaign (1994–95) he scored 40 goals and totalled 83 points in 66 games, while also amassing 201 minutes in penalties, making him a multiple threat.

Dingman, or "Dinger" as he is known colloquially, was drafted by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (19th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft), and played his first full NHL season for the Flames in 1997–98, where he earned a reputation as a tough customer and found himself involved as a checker and a pugilist as opposed to a scoring line player.

During the 1998–99 season, he was included in the Theoren Fleury trade to the Colorado Avalanche in a multiplayer swap that saw him trade places with fellow combatant and old nemesis from the WHL, Wade Belak.[1] Dingman plied his trade with the Avalanche for three seasons and won a Stanley Cup.

After winning a Stanley Cup, he ended up with the Carolina Hurricanes.

He was then dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2002. While he saw only limited action in his first campaign there, he gradually earned more and more ice time and in 2004, Dingman won another Stanley Cup with the Lightning.

He was scratched for the last two Lightning/Senators games of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs after earning a seven minute Ottawa powerplay after challenging Chris Neil, but Neil turtled when Dingman started punching him, leading to a fighting, instigator, and game misconduct penalties. Dingman never played again in the NHL.

Dingman totaled 120 fights in his NHL career. His most notable was his beatdown of Bryce Salvador in November, 2000. At one point in the fight, both Dingman and Salvador had their right fists cocked, squared up, and simultaneously threw a punch. Salvador's punch missed while Dingman's punch connected with Salvador's jaw and sent Salvador's mouthpiece flying out of his mouth. Salvador crumpled to the ice, proving to be one of the most dynamic victories of Dingman's career.

In November 2006 he was acquired by Södertälje SK, in Sweden. He played 2007 for AaB Ishockey of the Oddset Ligaen in Denmark.

Dingman currently does color commentary and interviews for the Tampa Bay Lightning on the Sun Sports network.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 50 10 17 27 64 4 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 45 21 20 41 77 13 1 7 8 39
1994–95 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 66 40 43 83 201 3 1 0 1 9
1995–96 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 40 16 29 45 109 19 12 11 23 60
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 71 5 6 11 195
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 70 3 3 6 149
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 50 5 7 12 140
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 17
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 17 1 3 4 102 5 0 2 2 6
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 7
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 68 8 3 11 132
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 1 1 2 108 16 0 4 4 14
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 30 0 1 1 77
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 0 4 4 26
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 51 2 1 3 91 10 1 0 1 4
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 1 5 6 140 23 1 1 2 63
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 0 1 1 22 3 0 0 0 19
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 27 8 8 16 30
2006–07 Södertälje SK Swe-1 27 6 10 16 76 10 0 0 0 4
2007–08 AaB Ishockey DEN 24 11 6 17 36 5 2 0 2 4
NHL totals 385 15 19 34 769 52 2 5 7 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ Board, Mike (1999-03-01). "Fleury's gone to Colorado". Calgary Herald. p. A1. 
  2. ^ "Lightning, Sun Sports to host Foundation Fantasy Auction during game broadcast Thursday vs. Ottawa". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 

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Preceded by
Jesper Mattsson
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Denis Gauthier