Jakob Chychrun

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Jakob Chychrun
Jakob Chychrun.JPG
Chychrun in December 2015
Born (1998-03-31) March 31, 1998 (age 20)
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2016
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career 2016–present

Jakob Chychrun (born March 31, 1998) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] Chychrun was drafted by the Coyotes with the 16th pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Early and personal life[edit]

Chychrun was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, and is Jewish.[2][3] He is the son of Jeff Chychrun and nephew of Luke Richardson, both of whom are former National Hockey League defensemen, his mother is Nancy Chychrun, and he has a sister named Taylor.[4][5][6] He is a dual American-Canadian citizen of Ukrainian descent.[7][8] He attended American Heritage School in Boca Raton from Pre-K to ninth grade.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Minor hockey[edit]

Chychrun started playing hockey in his home state of Florida with the Junior Everblades and the Florida Jr. Panthers organizations. When Chychrun was 13, he joined the Little Caesars hockey organization in Detroit, Michigan, where he played very well during his major bantam season. At the time, he continued living and practising in Florida, travelling to Michigan on the weekends to play. The following season he remained with Little Caesars, playing for their U16 team.[9]

In 2013, Chychrun was drafted by the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL draft. USA Hockey had implemented a rule requiring 15-year-old players to receive a special exemption to play junior hockey. Chychrun applied for one but was denied.[10] Instead, Chychrun moved to Toronto and played his minor midget season for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

Major junior[edit]

Chychrun was selected first overall by the Sarnia Sting in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.[11][12] He had a strong rookie season for the Sting and at the end of the season was nominated for the Emms Family Award for outstanding rookie; the Max Kaminsky Trophy for defenceman of the year; and the Red Tilson Trophy for OHL Player of the Year.

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Chychrun was highly regarded by scouts and was considered one of the top defencemen available.[13] He was drafted by Arizona in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. This was far lower than expected; prior to the start of the 2015–16 season, Chychrun was regarded as a top three selection.[1]

Professional[edit]

On July 30, 2016, Chychrun signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes.[14] He scored his first goal on October 20, 2016, against Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.[15] After a month with the Coyotes, it was announced that Chychrun would remain with the team for the rest of the season.[1]

International play[edit]

Chychrun competed with Team Ontario at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he scored four points in five games.[16] He was the first minor midget player to have played for Team Ontario at the tournament.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 29 16 27 43 28 14 5 8 13 16
2014–15 Sarnia Sting OHL 42 16 17 33 37
2015–16 Sarnia Sting OHL 62 11 38 49 51 7 2 6 8 8
2016–17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 68 7 13 20 47
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 50 4 10 14 16
NHL totals 118 11 23 34 63

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 1 3 4 4
2016 Canada WJC18 4th 7 1 3 4 8
Junior totals 12 2 6 8 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Honors Year Ref
World U-17 Hockey Challenge (Team Ontario) 2014 [18]
Jack Ferguson Award 2014 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kennedy, Ryan (November 3, 2016). "Jakob Chychrun is Sticking with the Coyotes". The Hockey News. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Boca Raton's Jakob Chychrun selected 16th by Arizona in NHL draft - Sun Sentinel
  3. ^ The Great Rabbino: New JNHLer: Jakob Chychrun
  4. ^ "BlackburnNews.com – Sting Select Chychrun First Overall". blackburnnews.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Chychrun's return came two months ahead of the most optimistic timeline
  6. ^ Jakob Chychrun Commits to Sting – Sarnia Sting
  7. ^ For reasons good and bad, Jakob Chychrun’s a wild card at the NHL draft | Toronto Sun
  8. ^ Bridge, Terry. "Jakob Chychrun named Sarnia Sting alternate captain despite being 16-year-old rookie". Retrieved April 20, 2016. “It's definitely a common mistake,” he said of his Ukrainian name. “I've heard everything from Chiich-rin to Shysh-rin, just everything. 
  9. ^ Vo, Chau (October 31, 2014). "Beyond Tomorrow: Sting's Chychrun joins a growing list of exceptional players from Florida". Hockey's Future. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ Gerster, Jane (December 20, 2013). "Top hockey prospect Jakob Chychrun shooting for the top". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ nurun.com. "Sting take Chychrun first overall | Sarnia Observer". theobserver.ca. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sarnia Sting confirm Jakob Chychrun as OHL's No. 1 overall pick | Buzzing The Net – Yahoo Sports Canada". ca.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dubois jumps to top of draft rankings". NHL.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Jakob Chychrun signs entry-level deal with Coyotes – Sportsnet.ca". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun: Nets first goal of career". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sarnia to select Chychrun first overall in OHL Draft". tsn.ca. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ Heliotis, Andrew (February 7, 2014). "He's quickly becoming hockey's Next One". QNET News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ontario's 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge Roster Announced". gthlcanada.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ "OHL Network – Official Page of the OHL Priority Selection: Jack Ferguson Award". ontariohockeyleague.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Travis Konecny
Jack Ferguson Award
2014
Succeeded by
David Levin
Preceded by
Clayton Keller
Arizona Coyotes first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
Pierre-Olivier Joseph