Alex Chiasson

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Alex Chiasson
Alex Chiasson TXStars.jpg
Born (1990-10-01) October 1, 1990 (age 27)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars
Ottawa Senators
Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 38th overall, 2009
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2012–present

Alex Chiasson (French pronunciation: ​[ˈalɛks ˈʃjasɔ̃], born October 1, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with the Edmonton Oilers under a professional tryout contract. He most recently played for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Chiasson is a Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Capitals in 2018.

Playing career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures,[1] Chiasson grew up cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.[2] He began skating at age 4 after his sister suggested that he start.[1] After his sophomore year of high school, he left Quebec to study at Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York.[3] Although Chiasson did not speak English until he moved to the United States, (famously knowing only the words "yes", "no", and "toaster", hence his nickname of "Toaster") [4] he has since become fluent.

Amateur[edit]

Chiasson played for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL for the 2008–09 season. While in Des Moines he was coached by J. P. Parisé.[3] That year he led the team in scoring and was selected for the 2009 USHL All-Star Game.[2] He was drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars in the second round (thirty eighth overall).[5]

Boston University[edit]

In 2009 Chiasson enrolled at Boston University, then the defending NCAA Division I Ice Hockey National Champions. He has remarked that he enjoyed playing for BU in part due to the close knit nature of the team.[3] In his first season at BU he missed several games due to a concussion.[6]

During the 2010 off season Chiasson worked out with Patrice Bergeron in Quebec.[1] He was successful in the 2010–11 season, and led his team in scoring.[1] While not playing hockey, Chiasson enjoys golfing and attending Boston Red Sox games.[3] His teammates nicknamed him "chaser".[2]

Professional[edit]

Dallas Stars[edit]

On March 26, 2012, Chiasson signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars organization. He was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, where he finished the rest of the season.[7]

During the lock-out-shortened 2012–13 season, Chiasson was recalled from Texas and made his NHL debut on April 3, 2013 against the Anaheim Ducks. In his second career game Chiasson scored his first NHL goal on April 5, 2013 against Viktor Fasth of the Anaheim Ducks.[8] Playing in the first line along with Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney, Chiasson scored six goals in his first six games.[9]

Ottawa Senators[edit]

Chiasson was involved in a blockbuster trade on July 1, 2014, being dealt to the Ottawa Senators along with Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, and a 2015 second round pick in exchange for star forward Jason Spezza, and Ludwig Karlsson.[10] He scored a goal in his first game with the Senators on October 9, 2014.[11]

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Chiasson became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Ottawa Senators made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Chiasson filed for salary arbitration.[12] Chiasson was seeking $2.4 million per year, while the Senators offered $1 million. The arbitrator awarded Chiasson a one-year contract of $1.2 million.

Calgary Flames[edit]

Following the 2015–16 season, Ottawa and Chiasson again clashed over a new contract, unable to agree to a dollar value. As such, the Senators traded Chiasson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Patrick Sieloff on June 27, 2016.[13] He was promptly signed as a restricted free agent to a one-year $800,000 contract with the Flames.[14] He rebounded offensively with the Flames in the 2016–17 season, providing depth scoring with 12 goals and 24 points in 81 games. As an arbitration eligible restricted free agent following a first-round exit in the post-season, Chiasson was not extended a qualifying offer by the deadline on June 26, 2017.[15]

Washington Capitals[edit]

On September 9, 2017, the Washington Capitals signed Chiasson, then an unrestricted free agent, to a professional tryout (PTO).[16] Following training camp and preseason, on October 4, 2017, the Capitals signed Chiasson to a $660,000 one-year contract.[17] Chiasson won his first Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Capitals.

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

On September 10, 2018, Chiasson signed a professional try out with the Edmonton Oilers.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Séminaire St-François Blizzard QMAAA 13 1 1 2 16 2 1 1 2 0
2006–07 Séminaire St-François Blizzard QMAAA 43 12 18 30 41 18 4 18 22 18
2007–08 Northwood School USHS 45 35 46 81 26
2008–09 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 56 17 33 50 101
2009–10 Boston University HE 36 7 12 19 28
2010–11 Boston University HE 35 14 20 34 75
2011–12 Boston University HE 38 15 31 46 67
2011–12 Texas Stars AHL 9 1 4 5 9
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 57 13 22 35 43 7 2 1 3 4
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 7 6 1 7 0
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 79 13 22 35 38 6 1 1 2 2
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 11 15 26 67 4 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 8 6 14 45
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 81 12 12 24 46 4 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 61 9 9 18 26 16 1 1 2 4
NHL totals 381 59 65 124 222 30 2 2 4 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2012 [19]
NHL
Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals) 2018 [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Connolly, John (February 7, 2011). "BU's Alex Chiasson comes on strong". The Boston Herald. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c D'Amanda, James (December 3, 2010). "USHL Alumni Voices: Alex Chiasson". USHL.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Carney, Patrick (September 25, 2009). "Elite athletes transition to college". ESPN. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Puck Daddy chats with Alex Chiasson about Stars' inconsistencies, Lindy Ruff's style and Ray Whitney's influence". yahoo.com. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  5. ^ Heika, Mike (June 27, 2009). "Stars take Alex Chiasson in second". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 15, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Carney, Patrick (January 7, 2010). "Following up with BU hockey's Chiasson". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stars agree to terms on entry level deal with Chiasson". Dallas Stars. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Stars beat Ducks to avoid season sweep". National Hockey League. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  9. ^ Heika, Mike (2013-04-13). "Playing alongside Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney has suddenly allowed Stars' Alex Chiasson to find his scoring touch". the Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  10. ^ "Senators trade Jason Spezza to Stars". The Globe and Mail'. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  11. ^ "Predators beat Senators in Legwand's return". The Sports Network. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  12. ^ "Player arbitration cases announced". National Hockey League. 2015-07-05. Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  13. ^ "Flames acquire Alex Chiasson from Ottawa". Calgary Flames. 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Ottawa Senators trade Alex Chiasson to Calgary Flames". Sportsnet.ca. 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  15. ^ "Flames tender qualifying offers". Calgary Flames. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  16. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capitals-insider/wp/2017/09/09/forward-alex-chiasson-joins-capitals-training-camp-on-professional-tryout-agreement/
  17. ^ "Capitals ink Alex Chiasson to one-year deal". SportsNet. 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  18. ^ "Oilers sign Alex Chiasson to professional tryout". sportsnet.ca. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018. 
  19. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  20. ^ "The Washington Capitals, after years of frustration, win the Stanley Cup". New York Times. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 

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