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Kyle Chipchura
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Born February 19, 1986 (1986-02-19) (age 33)
Westlock, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Montreal Canadiens
Anaheim Ducks
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2004
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2006–present

Kyle Chipchura (born Kyle Douglas Glen Chipchura on February 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected in the first round, 18th overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing CareerEdit

Kyle 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, he 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, Kyle remained with the Bulldogs. After posting 39 point in the regular season, he 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, Kyle was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick in 2011.

He 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, Kyle finished with just 2 assists in 40 games.

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

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
NHL totals 412 27 65 92 338 15 1 3 4 7

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC18 4th 7 3 2 5 28
2006 Canada WJC Template:Goca 6 4 1 5 0
Junior totals 13 7 3 10 28

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2006 Vancouver

Kyle 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 sustained a severed Achilles tendon and was not able to be selected as a member of the gold-medal-winning Canadian team.

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

Personal LifeEdit

Kyle was born in Westlock, Alberta, Canada.

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.