January 18, 1987 |
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
|HC Kunlun Red Star
EHC Black Wings Linz
|NHL Draft||228th overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
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.
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.
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. On February 19, 2012, he scored his second NHL goal in his fifth NHL game.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|2004–05||Des Moines Buccaneers||USHL||57||31||40||71||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||EHC Black Wings Linz||EBEL||24||3||4||7||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||HC Kunlun Red Star||KHL||60||20||20||40||6||5||1||1||2||0|
Awards and honors
|Rookie of the Year||2005|
|First All-Star Team||2005|
|WCHA First All-Star Team||2008, 2009|||
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2008, 2009|
|Aarne Honkavaara Trophy||2015-16|
|Liiga Gentleman Award||2015-16|
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- "College Hockey News: All-America Teams". www.collegehockeynews.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
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- "Wild snap slump, beat depleted Stars 5–2". National Hockey League. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- "Sharks get Rau; Gogol, Brace to Iowa". American Hockey League. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Chad Rau completes Black Wings" (in German). EHC Black Wings Linz. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
- "Hyökkääjä Chad Rau SaiPaan" (in Finnish). SaiPa. 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
- "Chad Rau Liigan herrasmiespelaaja". www.saipa.fi. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
- "Chad Rau alreadu signed; trains with team" (in Russian). sovsport.ru. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
- "Edin Prairie's Kyle Rau wins Mr Hockey Award". National Hockey League. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.