Chris Wells (ice hockey)

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Chris Wells
Born (1975-11-12) November 12, 1975 (age 41)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Florida Panthers
Beast of New Haven
Louisville Panthers
Hartford Wolfpack
Utah Grizzlies
Wheeling Nailers
Portland Pirates
Peoria Rivermen
Khabarovsk Amur
Milano Vipers
Rødovre Mighty Bulls
NHL Draft 24th overall, 1994
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1995–2005

Chris Wells (born November 12, 1975) is a Canadian retired professional hockey player who played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers.

Playing career[edit]

Wells was playing with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL when he was drafted in the 1st round, 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. His large size (6'6" 223 lbs) along with a strong physical presence and scoring touch contributed to his high draft choice. For the 1994–1995 season Wells returned to the Thunderbirds and scored 108 points in 68 games while contributing 148 PIMs as well. The following year Wells made his debut in the NHL, appearing in 54 games with the Penguins. Wells began the 1996–97 year with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL when he was traded by the Penguins to the Florida Panthers for Stu Barnes and Jason Woolley. He played 4 years with the Panthers, having his best year during the 1997–98 campaign in which he scored 15 points and appeared in 61 games.

Wells also skated for the New York Rangers and was signed by the Dallas Stars in 2000 . Instead he was sent to the Utah Grizzlies. On November 20, 2002, Wells debuted in the Russian Superleague with the Khabarovsk Amur Tigers and played on a line with former NHL all-star Sergei Krivokrasov.[1] Wells would go on to play parts of three seasons in Italy, Russia and Denmark.

Wells retired from hockey in 2005.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 2 2 4 59
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 47 2 6 8 42
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 61 5 10 15 47
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 20 0 2 2 31
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 13 0 0 0 14
5 Years Totals NHL 195 9 20 29 193


  • 1995: WHL West First All-Star Team
  • 2000: Calder Cup winner AHL
  • 2004: European championship Italy


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stefan Bergkvist
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Aleksey Morozov