Chris Clark (ice hockey)
Clark with the Washington Capitals in a 2007 game against the Atlanta Thrashers
March 8, 1976|
South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|National team||United States|
77th overall, 1994|
Clark played four years for the Clarkson Golden Knights in the ECAC (NCAA Division I), posting 128 points (63 goals, 65 assists) and 392 penalty minutes in 142 games. He was named to the ECAC Second All-Star team in 1998.
Clark was drafted in the third round, 77th overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Clark played five seasons with the Flames. In his final season with the team, he played in every game and helped the team to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to Tampa Bay.
Clark was traded to the Washington Capitals as a restricted free agent on August 4, 2005, in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2006 Entry Draft. Clark scored 20 goals and 19 assists (39 points) with the Washington Capitals during his first season, playing alongside rookie Alexander Ovechkin. The Capitals named Clark their new team captain on September 13, 2006. Clark then set career-high numbers in goals (30), assists (24) and points (54) during the 2006–07 season, continuing to play alongside Ovechkin.
Clark was injured in the third period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on November 28, 2007, and missed the next eighteen games with a strained groin muscle. Clark returned to the lineup on February 13, 2008, but played only one shift against the Philadelphia Flyers. Clark kicked out his skate in an attempt to stop a pass when he aggravated the groin injury. Clark missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
After suffering a wrist injury in February 2009, Clark required surgery which ended his 2008-2009 season. Clark skated with the team during the pre game skate before game five of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff game against the New York Rangers, but did not return until Game 7, taking the place of then-teammate Donald Brashear, who was suspended for six games after his late hit on Blair Betts.
During the 2011 off season Clark accepted a try-out invitation from the Boston Bruins. Despite having an impressive pre-season, he was released from the Bruins training camp on October 5, 2011 without a contract.
On November 3, 2011, Clark was signed to a professional tryout agreement with the Providence Bruins. Clark was released by the Providence Bruins on November 21, 2011 after six games due to the fact he failed to score a point during his tryout period.
After he was released by the Providence Bruins, Clark took up a scouting position within the Blue Jackets organization for the remainder of the season before being named as the team's development coach.
Regular season and playoffs
|1998–99||Saint John Flames||AHL||73||13||27||40||123||7||2||4||6||15|
|1999–00||Saint John Flames||AHL||48||16||17||33||134||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Saint John Flames||AHL||48||18||17||35||131||18||4||10||14||39|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||36||3||2||5||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||53||5||10||15||38||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||1994–95|
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||1997–98|
- "Chris Clark player biography". Washington Capitals. 2009-05-06. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- White, Joseph (2006). "Caps Name Chris Clark Captain". WTOPnews.com. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- Clark to Have Wrist Surgery[permanent dead link] Yahoo Sports, February 2, 2009
- "Capitals Trade Clark, Jurcina to Blue Jackets for Chimera". TSN.
- "Clark preparing for first game with Blue Jackets". NHL. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16.
- "Chris Clark accepts tryout invitation from Bruins". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2011-09-13.
- "Chris Clark Released from Tryout, Jordan Caron Makes Squad As Bruins Finalize Opening Night Roster". NESN.
- "P-Bruins Sign Clark". Providence Bruins. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-05.
- "P-Bruins Release Clark". Providence Bruins. November 21, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-12-27.
- "Clark joins staff". Columbus Dispatch. 2012-06-05. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
- Chris Clark career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Chris Clark player profile at NHL.com
- Chris Clark profile and statistics at TheAHL.com
| Washington Capitals captain