Kyle Chipchura

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Kyle Chipchura
Kyle Chipchura1.jpg
Born (1986-02-19) February 19, 1986 (age 30)
Westlock, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Slovan Bratislava
Montreal Canadiens
Anaheim Ducks
Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2004
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2006–present

Kyle Douglas Glen Chipchura (born February 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently playing with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was selected in the first round, 18th overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

Early life[edit]

Chipchura was born in Westlock, Alberta. He played minor league hockey in nearby Legal and Westlock, and attended high school at R. F. Staples Secondary School and Carlton Comprehensive High School during his major junior career with the Prince Albert Raiders.

Playing career[edit]

Chipchura in action with the Prince Albert Raiders

Chipchura began his major junior career with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2002–03. Following his second season with the Raiders, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. On March 25, 2006, Chipchura was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Canadiens and joined AHL affiliate the Hamilton Bulldogs to complete the 2005–06 season. In 2006–07, Chipchura remained with the Bulldogs. After posting 39 points in the regular season, Chipchura added a further 6 goals and 13 points in the playoffs to help Hamilton capture the Calder Cup.

In the 2007–08 season, Kyle played his first NHL game on October 10, 2007. He netted his first goal later that month on October 20 against the Buffalo Sabres.

On December 2, 2009, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick in 2011.[1] Chipchura found a checking-line role within the Ducks and posted 6 goals and 6 games to finish out the 2009–10 season. His second season with the Ducks proved less successful, in struggling for a regular roster spot, Chipchura finished with just 2 assists in 40 games.

Released by the Ducks to explore free agency, Chipchura signed to a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 19, 2011.[2]

After five seasons within the Coyotes organization, Chipchura left the NHL as a free agent and signed his first contract abroad, agreeing to a one-year deal with Slovakian outfit HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL on July 17, 2016.[3]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Vancouver

Chipchura attended Team Canada's selection camp prior to the 2005 World Junior Championships and was expected to make the team despite being only 18 (players up to 20 years old are eligible for the tournament). During practice with the Raiders, however, he suffered a severed Achilles tendon and was not able to be selected as a member of the gold-medal-winning Canadian team.

The following year, Chipchura was invited to try out again for the 2006 World Junior Championships. After being selected for the Canadian team, Chipchura was named team captain by head coach Brent Sutter on December 16, 2005.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Chipchura with the Anaheim Ducks fighting Shane O'Brien in 2009

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 63 9 21 30 89
2003–04 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 64 15 33 48 118 6 2 4 6 12
2004–05 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 28 14 18 32 32 14 4 7 11 25
2005–06 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 59 21 34 55 81
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 8 1 2 3 6
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 12 27 39 56 22 6 7 13 20
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 4 7 11 10
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 39 10 11 21 27
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 0 3 3 5
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 51 14 21 35 65 6 3 0 3 2
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 0 0 0 16
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 55 6 6 12 56
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 40 0 2 2 32
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 53 3 13 16 42 15 1 3 4 7
2011–12 Portland Pirates AHL 8 4 2 6 4
2012–13 Arizona Sundogs CHL 10 2 11 13 4
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 46 5 9 14 50
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 5 15 20 45
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 70 4 10 14 82
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 70 4 8 12 38
NHL totals 482 31 73 104 376 15 1 3 4 7

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC18 4th 7 3 2 5 28
2006 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 4 1 5 0
Junior totals 13 7 3 10 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ducks acquire Chipchura from Montreal". Anaheim Ducks. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Coyotes sign MacLean, Chipchura and Pouliot". Phoenix Coyotes. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  3. ^ HC Slovan Bratislava (2016-07-17). "HC Slovan Bratislava sign Chipchura". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  4. ^ "World Junior Roster Finalized". TSN. 2005-12-16. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andrei Kostitsyn
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Carey Price