October 1, 1990 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||38th overall, 2009
Alex Chiasson (French pronunciation: [ˈalɛks ˈʃjasɔ̃], born October 1, 1990) is a Canadian ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He is a former Boston University Terrier.
Early life and education
Born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Chiasson grew up cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. He began skating at age 4 after his sister suggested that he start. After his sophomore year of high school, he left Quebec to study at Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York. 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")  he has since become fluent.
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. That year he led the team in scoring and was selected for the 2009 USHL All-Star Game. He was drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars in the second round (thirty eighth overall).
Chiasson is not related to former NHL player Steve Chiasson.
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. In his first season at BU he missed several games due to a concussion.
During the 2010 off season Chiasson worked out with Patrice Bergeron in Quebec. He was successful in the 2010–11 season, and led his team in scoring. While not playing hockey, Chiasson enjoys golfing and attending Boston Red Sox games. His teammates have nicknamed him "chaser".
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. Playing in the first line along with Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney, Chiasson scored six goals in his first six games.
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. He scored a goal in his first game with the Senators on October 9, 2014.
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. 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 and the team agreed to the contract terms to retain him.
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. He was promptly signed as a restricted free agent to a one-year $800,000 contract with the Flames.
|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|
|2008–09||Des Moines Buccaneers||USHL||56||17||33||50||101||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2012|||
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- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.