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Chad Billins
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Born May 26, 1989 (1989-05-26) (age 30)
Marysville, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Adler Mannheim
Calgary Flames
CSKA Moscow
Luleå HF
Linköpings HC
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Chad Billins (born May 26, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently under contract with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Playing CareerEdit

Chad played two seasons of junior hockey, first in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Alpena IceDiggers in 2006–07, then the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

He then moved to the college ranks, joining the Ferris State Bulldogs of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Chad played four seasons with Ferris State, culminating with his senior year in 2011–12 when he co-captained the Bulldogs to the first appearance in the Frozen Four in school history.

An undrafted player, he turned professional in 2012 and signed an American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2012–13 season. He appeared in 76 games with the Griffins, and his 10 goals were three more than the highest single-season total he reached with Ferris State.

Chad was selected to play for the Western Conference AHL All-Star Team at the 2013 AHL All-Star Game. He appeared in an additional 24 playoff games as the Griffins won the Calder Cup championship.

His play with the Griffins earned Billins an NHL contract with the Calgary Flames as the team signed him to a two-way deal.

He was assigned to Calgary's AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat to start the season. He was leading the Heat with five goals when he earned his first NHL recall on November 1, 2013.

Chad made his NHL debut on November 5, and scored his first point by assisting on a Jiri Hudler goal in a 5–1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

On June 30, 2014, it was announced that Chad had signed a contract with Russian club, CSKA Moscow for the following 2014–15 season. Despite his signing, he was tendered a qualifying offer by the Flames to retain his NHL rights.

Chad played in just 21 games with CSKA for 6 points before opting to move to the Swedish Hockey League for the remainder of the season with Luleå HF on December 20, 2014.

He joined his third club in under a year, in signing a two-year contract with fellow SHL club, Linköpings HC on June 12, 2015.

As a free agent on July 1, 2016, Chad returned to the NHL, in securing a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks. In the 2016–17 season, he was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets for the duration of the campaign.

Unable to make a return to the NHL, he appeared in 72 games compiling 3 goals and 20 points.

As an impending free agent, he opted to resume his European career, returning to former club, Linköpings HC of the SHL, on a two-year contract on April 19, 2017..

At the end of his contract in Sweden, Chad continued his European career in Germany, agreeing to a two-year deal with reigning Champions, Adler Mannheim of the DEL, on May 3, 2019.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Alpena IceDiggers NAHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Alpena IceDiggers NAHL 61 7 18 25 98 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 60 10 26 36 81 11 5 4 9 0
2008–09 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 27 2 9 11 38
2009–10 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 40 3 8 11 26
2010–11 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 39 5 11 16 20
2011–12 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 43 7 22 29 24
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 10 27 37 40 24 2 12 14 12
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 65 10 32 42 40 4 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 10 0 3 3 0
2014–15 CSKA Moscow KHL 21 2 4 6 8
2014–15 Luleå HF SHL 23 1 5 6 4 9 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Linköpings HC SHL 50 7 24 31 14 6 2 2 4 4
2016–17 Utica Comets AHL 72 3 17 20 16
2017–18 Linköpings HC SHL 50 4 19 23 20 7 3 4 7 0
2018–19 Linköpings HC SHL 52 3 18 21 18
NHL totals 10 0 3 3 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 United States OG 7th 5 0 0 0 0
Senior totals 5 0 0 0 0

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
College
All-CCHA First Team 2011–12
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2011–12
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2012
AHL
All-Star Game 2013
Calder Cup (Grand Rapids Griffins) 2013
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