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Chuck Kobasew
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Born April 17, 1982 (1982-04-17) (age 37)
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2001
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2002–present

Chuck Kobasew (born Nicholas James Kobasew on April 17, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Amateur Hockey CareerEdit

Chuck spent one season playing at Boston College, starring on a team which won the National Championship and was loaded with players headed to the NHL.

At the 2001 NCAA Frozen Four, the Eagles' won 3-2 (OT) over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. He was named MVP for the tournament.

NHL CareerEdit

Chuck was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round (14th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he played with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Lowell Lock Monsters and helped the team reach a number of franchise records.

Chuck was named as captain for the team, and scored 75 points in 79 games. He was also selected to play for the Canadian contingent at that year's All-Star game.

On January 24, 2006 while playing for the Flames, he scored his first career hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche.

On February 10, 2007, Chuck and Andrew Ference were traded by the Flames to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

On May 13, 2008, he signed a 3-year contract extension with the Bruins worth $7 million.

Chuck scored 21 goals along with 21 assists during the 2008-09 NHL season as the Bruins reached the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

He was traded by the Bruins to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller, a second round pick in 2011 and the rights to prospect Alexander Fallstromon on October 18, 2009.

On November 27, 2009, Chuck scored his second career hat trick similarly against the Colorado Avalanche.

On July 1, 2011, Chuck agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per year with the Colorado Avalanche.

On October 8, 2011, he made his Avalanche debut on opening night of the 2011–12 season in a 3-0 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings.

Whilst entrenched on the Avalanche in a checking line role, Chuck appeared in his 500th game along with linemate Jay McClement against his original club, the Calgary Flames.

On December 31, 2011, Chuck reached another milestone when he scored his 100th career NHL goal, a game-winner, in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Whilst impeded with various injuries throughout the season, Chuck finished his first year with the Avalanche with 7 goals and 14 points in 58 games.

In the final year of Chuck's contract in the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, he was primarily limited to a fourth line role with the Avalanche.

On March 20, 2013, Chuck recorded his 100th career assist, added a late game-winning goal and recored a career high Plus/minus 4 in a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

He compiled 5 goals and 9 points in 37 games as Colorado failed to reach the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

After the expiration of his contract with the Avalanche, Chuck spent the off-season unsigned before accepting an invitation on September 11, 2013 to attend the Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 training camp on a professional try-out contract.

On October 2, 2013, Chuck signed a one-year, $550,000 contract with the team.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Osoyoos Heat KIJHL 6 2 2 4 2
1998–99 Osoyoos Heat KIJHL 23 25 24 49 8
1998–99 Penticton Panthers BCHL 30 11 17 28 18
1999–00 Penticton Panthers BCHL 58 54 52 106 83
2000–01 Boston College HE 43 27 22 49 38
2001–02 Kelowna Rockets WHL 55 41 21 62 114 15 10 5 15 22
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 48 21 12 33 61
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 23 4 2 6 8
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 70 6 11 17 51 26 0 1 1 24
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 79 38 37 75 110 11 6 3 9 27
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 77 20 11 31 64 7 1 0 1 0
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 40 4 13 17 37
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 10 1 1 2 25
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 73 22 17 39 29
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 68 21 21 42 56 11 3 3 6 14
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 9 5 14 16
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 63 9 7 16 19
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 7 7 14 51
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 5 4 9 21
NHL totals 568 108 100 208 379 44 4 4 8 38

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WJC 7 5 1 6 2
Junior int'l totals 7 5 1 6 2

Awards & AchievementsEdit

BCHL AwardsEdit

  • First All-Star Team (2000)
  • Interior Division MVP (2000)

College Hockey AwardsEdit

  • All-Hockey East Second Team (2000–01)
  • HE All-Academic Team (2001)
  • All-Hockey East Rookie Team (2000–01)

HE Rookie of the Year (2001)

  • NCAA All-Tournament Team (2001)
  • NCAA Tournament MVP (2001)
  • NCAA Champion (2001)

AHL AwardsEdit

  • First All-Star Team (2005)

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2002 Torino