Joël Chouinard

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Joël Chouinard
Joel Chouinard.jpg
Born (1990-04-08) April 8, 1990 (age 29)
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Lake Erie Monsters
Hamilton Bulldogs
Grand Rapids Griffins
Iowa Wild
Chicago Wolves
NHL Draft 167th overall, 2008
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2010–2019

Joël Chouinard (born April 8, 1990) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing career[edit]

Chouinard played junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Victoriaville Tigres. He was drafted 167th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. In the 2009–10 season, after leading the QMJHL with 23 goals scored among defensemen and helping the Tigres to an equal franchise best season of 46 wins, he was selected to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and named as a finalist for the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the league's best defenseman.[1] Off the ice Joel was awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy as the Leagues personality of the year.[2]

Chouinard was signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract on May 26, 2010.[3] After attending the Avalanche's 2010 training camp, he was then assigned and began his professional career with their affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League in the 2010–11 season.

With his first two professional seasons hampered by injury, Chouinard again had a disrupted pre-season and began the 2012–13 season familiarly on the sidelines. Upon returning to health, Chouinard was reassigned by the Avalanche from the Monsters to second tier affiliation, the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.[4] In 42 games with the Cutthroats, he place second amongst blueliners in scoring with 6 goals and 20 points.

At the conclusion of his contract Chouinard's right's were relinquished with the Avalanche, and on August 20, 2013, he was signed as a free agent to a one-year AHL deal with the Hamilton Bulldogs.[5] In the 2013-14 season with the Bulldogs, Chouinard appeared in a career high 67 games with 2 goals and 9 points.

On September 11, 2014, Chouinard signed a one-year contract with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.[6] On January 5, 2015, the Grand Rapids Griffins signed Chouinard to a professional try out. Prior to signing a professional try out with the Griffins, Chouinard led all defenceman in scoring, recording five goals and 15 assists in 31 games with Toledo this season.[7]

On September 2, 2015, the Toledo Walleye re-signed Chouinard to a one-year contract extension. During the 2014–15 season, he recorded five goals and 15 assists in 34 games with the Walleye, and eight assists in 19 postseason games. He also appeared in 29 games at the AHL level, with two games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, and 27 for the Iowa Wild, where he recorded five goals and ten assists.[8]

On February 12, 2016, the Grand Rapids Griffins signed Chouinard to a professional try out. Prior to signing a professional try out with the Griffins, Chouinard led all Toledo Walleye defenceman in scoring, recording six goals and 19 assists in 38 games.[9] On March 4, 2016, the Griffins signed Chouinard to a standard player's contract. He scored the game-winning goal in his Griffins debut, a 4–3 win at Iowa on February 13.[10] On March 10, Chouinard was assigned to the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. Since joining the Griffins on a professional try out, he has recorded one goal and two assists in eight games.[11] On March 30, Chouinard was recalled by the Griffins.[12]

As a free agent in the off-season, Chouinard opted to continue in the ECHL, leaving the Walleye to sign with reigning Champions, the Allen Americans on August 2, 2016.[13]

Chouinard played three seasons with the Americans, featuring as Captain, for the last two before opting to end his 9-year professional career following the 2018–19 season.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 23 3 3 6 20 6 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 69 7 28 35 95 6 2 0 2 4
2008–09 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 64 12 23 35 65 4 0 1 1 6
2009–10 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 65 23 45 68 56 16 3 10 13 6
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 35 8 9 17 14 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 53 0 10 10 43
2012–13 Denver Cutthroats CHL 42 6 14 20 28 5 0 0 0 8
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 10 0 0 0 11
2013–14 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 2 7 9 33
2014–15 Toledo Walleye ECHL 34 5 15 20 25 19 0 8 8 4
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 27 5 5 10 12
2015–16 Toledo Walleye ECHL 49 7 21 28 34 7 1 0 1 6
2015–16 Chicago Wolves AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 9 1 3 4 0
2016–17 Allen Americans ECHL 72 10 34 44 36 11 3 4 7 4
2017–18 Allen Americans ECHL 72 12 39 51 34 7 1 3 4 2
2018–19 Allen Americans ECHL 61 6 22 28 38
AHL totals 204 16 34 50 115 2 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
First All-Star Team 2009–10
Paul Dumont Trophy 2009–10 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hoffman is MVP, Straka is Rookie of the Year". insidehockey.com. 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  2. ^ a b "Hoffman named MVP of the QMJHL". Sportsnet.ca. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  3. ^ "Avalanche signs Chouinard, Holos". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  4. ^ "Cutthroats shuffle roster; Assigned D-man from AHL". Central Hockey League. 2012-10-31. Archived from the original on 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  5. ^ "Bulldogs sign Joel Chouinard". Hamilton Bulldogs. 2013-08-20. Archived from the original on 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  6. ^ "Walleye sign defenseman Joel Chouinard". BCSN. September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Three Join From Toledo". Grand Rapids Griffins. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chouinard back in T-Town". Toledo Walleye. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Andersson, Chouinard Headed to Grand Rapids". Grand Rapids Griffins. February 12, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Chouinard Signed to Standard Player's Contract". Grand Rapids Griffins. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Griffins Assign Chouinard to Toledo". Grand Rapids Griffins. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Retrieving Walleye". Grand Rapids Griffins. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "Americans add veteran defenseman Joel Chouinard". Allen Americans. 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  14. ^ "Congratulations Joel Chouninard on his career". Allen Americans. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-02.

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