Chad Rau

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Chad Rau
Born (1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 (age 30)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
HC Kunlun Red Star
Minnesota Wild
EHC Black Wings Linz
SaiPa
NHL Draft 228th overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2009–present

Chad Anthony Jerome Rau (born January 18, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Chinese club, Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 7th round (228th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

He spent a single season in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2004-05, tallying 31 goals and 40 assists in 57 games, while receiving USHL Rookie of the Year honors. In 2014, he was inducted into the Buccaneers' Hall of Fame.[1]

Rau attended Colorado College from 2005 to 2009, receiving All-America Second Team honors in 2008 and 2009.[2]

On May 17, 2010, Rau was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a two-year contract. He was assigned to play for the Houston Aeros at the start of the 2010–11 season.[3]

During the 2011–12 season, he made his NHL debut with the Wild and scored his first NHL goal, the eventual game-winning goal, in a 5–2 victory against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars on January 21, 2012.[4] On February 19, 2012, he scored his second NHL goal in his fifth NHL game.

On February 5, 2014, the Minnesota Wild traded Rau to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Curt Gogol. He was immediately assigned to AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.[5]

After spending the first five seasons of his professional career primarily in the AHL, Rau opted to sign abroad on a one-year contract in the Austrian Hockey League with EHC Black Wings Linz on July 22, 2014.[6] He played 24 games with the Black Wings, collecting three goals and four assists. He transferred to SaiPa of the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) on December 31, 2014.[7] In his second year with SaiPa (2015–16), Rau amassed 30 goals and 19 assists in 66 Liiga contests and won the Aarne Honkavaara Trophy as the league’s leading goalscorer as well as the Liiga Gentleman of the Year award.[8]

After concluding his successful tenure in Finland, Rau opted to leave as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with new KHL entrant, HC Kunlun Red Star of China on July 22, 2016.[9]

Personal[edit]

Chad's younger brother, Kyle born October 24, 1992, played NCAA hockey with the University of Minnesota. In 2011 Kyle was named Minnesota Mr. Hockey. He currently plays within the Florida Panthers organization in the National Hockey League.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 57 31 40 71 32
2005–06 Colorado College WCHA 42 13 17 30 8
2006–07 Colorado College WCHA 39 14 17 31 4
2007–08 Colorado College WCHA 40 28 14 42 8
2008–09 Colorado College WCHA 38 18 19 37 6
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 79 19 19 38 7
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 60 13 27 40 12 24 6 3 9 2
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 67 14 21 35 2 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 9 2 0 2 0
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 60 16 11 27 6 5 1 2 3 0
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 33 1 6 7 0
2013–14 Worcester Sharks AHL 28 2 4 6 6
2014–15 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 24 3 4 7 2
2014–15 SaiPa Liiga 26 9 5 14 0 7 4 2 6 2
2015–16 SaiPa Liiga 60 28 18 46 0 6 2 1 3 4
2016–17 HC Kunlun Red Star KHL 60 20 20 40 6 5 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 9 2 0 2 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 6 1 0 1 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
USHL
All-Rookie Team 2005
Rookie of the Year 2005
First All-Star Team 2005
College
WCHA First All-Star Team 2008, 2009 [11]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2008, 2009
Aarne Honkavaara Trophy 2015-16
Liiga Gentleman Award 2015-16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame". Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey Club. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  2. ^ "College Hockey News: All-America Teams". www.collegehockeynews.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Chad Rau player profile". The Hockey News. 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Wild snap slump, beat depleted Stars 5–2". National Hockey League. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Sharks get Rau; Gogol, Brace to Iowa". American Hockey League. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Chad Rau completes Black Wings" (in German). EHC Black Wings Linz. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Hyökkääjä Chad Rau SaiPaan" (in Finnish). SaiPa. 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Chad Rau Liigan herrasmiespelaaja". www.saipa.fi. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Chad Rau alreadu signed; trains with team" (in Russian). sovsport.ru. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  10. ^ "Edin Prairie's Kyle Rau wins Mr Hockey Award". National Hockey League. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  11. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 

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