Chuck Kobasew

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Chuck Kobasew
Chuck Kobasew 2013-10-05.JPG
With the Penguins in 2013.
Born (1982-04-17) April 17, 1982 (age 32)
Osoyoos, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NLA team
Former teams
SC Bern
Calgary Flames
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2001
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2002–present

Nicholas James "Chuck" Kobasew (born April 17, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for Swiss club, SC Bern of the National League A (NLA).

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Kobasew spent one season playing at Boston College, starring on a team which won the National Championship and was loaded with players headed to the NHL. At the 2001 NCAA Frozen Four, the Eagles' won 3-2 (OT) over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.[1] Kobasew was named MVP for the tournament.[2]

Professional[edit]

He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round (14th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Kobasew played with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Lowell Lock Monsters, and helped the team reach a number of franchise records. He was named as captain for the team, and scored 75 points in 79 games. He was also selected to play for the Canadian contingent at that year's All-Star game.

While playing for the Flames, Kobasew scored his first career hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche on January 24, 2006.

Kobasew with the Bruins in 2008.

On February 10, 2007, Kobasew and Andrew Ference were traded by the Flames to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau. On May 13, 2008, Kobasew signed a 3-year contract extension with the Bruins worth $7 million. Kobasew scored 21 goals along with 21 assists during the 2008-09 NHL Season as the Bruins reached the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Kobasew was traded by the Bruins to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller, a second round pick in 2011, and the rights to prospect Alexander Fallstromon October 18, 2009.[3] On November 27, 2009, Kobasew scored his second career hat trick similarly against the Colorado Avalanche.

On July 1, 2011, Kobasew agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per year with the Colorado Avalanche.[4] Kobasew made his Avalanche debut on opening night of the 2011–12 season in a 3-0 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on October 8, 2011.[5] Whilst entrenched on the Avalanche in a checking line role, Kobasew appeared in his 500th game, along with linemate Jay McClement, on December 8, 2011, against his original club, the Calgary Flames.[6] He reached another milestone on December 31, when he scored his 100th career NHL goal, a game-winner, in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.[7] Whilst impeded with various injuries throughout the season, Kobasew finished his first year with the Avalanche with 7 goals and 14 points in 58 games.

In the final year of his contract in the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Kobasew was primarily limited to a fourth line role with the Avalanche.[8] On March 20, 2013, Kobasew recorded his 100th career assist, added a late game-winning goal and recorded a career high Plus/minus 4 in a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.[9] He compiled 5 goals and 9 points in 37 games as Colorado failed to reach the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

After the expiration of his contract with the Avalanche, Kobasew spent the off-season unsigned before accepting an invitation on September 11, 2013, to attend the Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 training camp on a professional try-out contract.[10] On October 2, he signed a one-year, $550,000 contract with the team. In the 2013–14 season with the Penguins, Kobasew was used primarily in a checking depth role. After scoring only 2 goals in 33 games, Kobasew was placed on waivers and assigned to AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In playing at the AHL level for the first time in 9 years, Kobasew regained his scoring prowess with 11 goals in 12 games.

Kobasew signalled the end of his NHL career, in signing his first European contract on a two-year deal with Swiss club, SC Bern of the NLA on July 1, 2014.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Osoyoos Heat KIJHL 6 2 2 4 2
1998–99 Osoyoos Heat KIJHL 23 25 24 49 8
1998–99 Penticton Panthers BCHL 30 11 17 28 18
1999–00 Penticton Panthers BCHL 58 54 52 106 83
2000–01 Boston College HE 43 27 22 49 38
2001–02 Kelowna Rockets WHL 55 41 21 62 114 15 10 5 15 22
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 48 21 12 33 61
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 23 4 2 6 8
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 70 6 11 17 51 26 0 1 1 24
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 79 38 37 75 110 11 6 3 9 27
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 77 20 11 31 64 7 1 0 1 0
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 40 4 13 17 37
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 10 1 1 2 25
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 73 22 17 39 29
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 68 21 21 42 56 11 3 3 6 14
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 9 5 14 16
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 63 9 7 16 19
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 7 7 14 51
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 5 4 9 21
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 2 0 2 15
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 12 11 2 13 20 14 8 6 14 40
NHL totals 601 110 100 210 394 44 4 4 8 38

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2002 Torino
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WJC 2nd 7 5 1 6 2
Junior totals 7 5 1 6 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
BCHL
First All-Star Team 2000
Interior Division MVP 2000
College
All-Hockey East Second Team 2000–01
HE All-Academic Team 2001
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2000–01
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2001 [12]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2001 [13]
NCAA Tournament MVP 2001
NCAA Champion 2001
AHL
First All-Star Team 2005 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Championship History". NCAA. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Chuck Kobasew biography". LowellDevilsHockey.com. 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Wild acquires Kobasew from Bruins". Minnesota Wild. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  4. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Conklin's play in net leads to 3-0 win". Yahoo! Sports. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Jokinen late goal give Flames 3-2 win over Avs". Yahoo! Sports. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Kobasew's milestone goal lifts Avs over Ducks". Yahoo! Sports. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Chuck Kobasew playing well for Colorado Avalanche". Denver Post. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Kobasew's late goal lifts Avalanche over Stars". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  10. ^ "Penguins sign forward Chuck Kobasew to a professional tryout contract". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  11. ^ "Chuck Kobasew to SCB" (in German). SC Bern. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  12. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  13. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  14. ^ "Lowell's Kobasew named to AHL First Team All-Star". oursportscentral.com. 2005-04-05. Retrieved 2005-04-05. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rick DiPietro
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
2000–01
Succeeded by
Sean Collins
Preceded by
Niko Dimitrakos
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2001
Succeeded by
Darren Haydar
Preceded by
Lee Goren
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2001
Succeeded by
Grant Potulny
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brent Krahn
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Eric Nystrom