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Chris Conner
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Born December 23, 1983 (1983-12-23) (age 35)
Westland, Michigan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present

Chris Conner (born Christopher Ryan Conner on December 23, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey winger currently under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Undrafted, Chris played four seasons of collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech of the WCHA from 2002 to 2006.

After his senior year, Chris made his professional debut with the Iowa Stars of the AHL at the end of the 2005–06 season.

On July 13, 2006, Chris signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars. He was then assigned to affiliate Iowa for the start of the 2006–07 season, but upon being recalled, he scored his first NHL goal during a game against the Colorado Avalanche on December 27, 2006.

On March 12, 2008, Chris was re-signed by the Stars at the end of the 2007–08 season to a one-year deal.

After splitting the 2008–09 season between the Stars and the Peoria Rivermen, he signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 7, 2009.

Chris appeared in 60 games during the 2010–11 NHL season with Pittsburgh, scoring seven goals with nine assists. He scored the Penguins second goal in a 8-2 loss in Game 5 of Pittsburgh's first round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chris failed to convert on a penalty shot during the second period of the next game, losing the puck off his stick as he advanced towards Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Pittsburgh ultimately lost the series in seven games.

On July 7, 2011, Chris signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

In the following 2012–13 season, Chris signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on a one-year contract. With the lockout in affect, he was directly assigned to AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

Chris was recalled by the Coyotes to help their playoff push, appearing in 12 games to score 2 points before being returned to Portland before the end of their season.

On July 5, 2013, Chris signed a one-year, two-way contract to return with the Pittsburgh Penguins that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Chicago Freeze NAHL 56 17 28 45 18
2001–02 Chicago Freeze NAHL 30 18 15 33 30
2001–02 Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 19 4 9 13 23
2002–03 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 13 24 37 8
2003–04 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 25 14 39 12
2004–05 Michigan Tech WCHA 37 14 10 24 6
2005–06 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 17 12 29 18
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 15 2 3 5 0 7 1 1 2 2
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 48 19 18 37 24 12 2 5 7 2
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 11 1 2 3 4
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 55 13 26 39 17
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 22 3 2 5 6 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 30 16 12 28 10
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 38 3 10 13 10
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 59 19 37 56 21 4 2 2 4 2
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 11 3 6 9 2
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 7 9 16 10 7 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 16 37 53 22
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 60 13 27 40 28 1 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 12 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 159 18 27 45 32 9 1 0 1 0

Personal LifeEdit

Chris attended Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan. He lived in the same neighbourhood as current Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler and the two of them grew up together playing hockey since childhood.

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