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.
February 19, 1986|
Westlock, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
HC Slovan Bratislava|
Kunlun Red Star
18th overall, 2004|
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.
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.
On December 2, 2009, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick in 2011. 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.
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. Chipchura in his lone season with Bratislava in 2016–17, appeared in 59 games and posted 13 goals and 29 points.
On June 2, 2017, Chipchura continued in the KHL, however moved to Chinese outfit, HC Kunlun Red Star on a one-year deal. At the conclusion of the 2017–18 season, having seen his production drop to just 11 points in 56 games, Chipchura opted to return to Slovan Bratislava as a free agent, agreeing to a one-year deal on July 17, 2018.
|World Junior Championships|
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. This made Chipchura the second Montreal Canadian to ever wear the 'C' for Canada.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||59||13||13||26||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Kunlun Red Star||KHL||56||5||6||11||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||61||6||14||20||27||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Ducks acquire Chipchura from Montreal". Anaheim Ducks. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
- "Coyotes sign MacLean, Chipchura and Pouliot". Phoenix Coyotes. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
- HC Slovan Bratislava (2016-07-17). "HC Slovan Bratislava sign Chipchura". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
- "KHL transfers for June 2" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
- "Kyle Chipchura returns to Slovan" (in Slovak). HC Slovan Bratislava. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
- "World Junior Roster Finalized". TSN. 2005-12-16. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Chipchura has golden touch for Canada". "NHL.com". 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2017-03-26.