NHL Hockey: Chuck Kobasew
Chuck Kobasew #17 – RW/LW
POB: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 6-0 Weight: 192lbs
NHL Seasons: 8
Drafted by Calgary in 2001 (1/14).
Chuck Kobasew was born in Vancouver, BC on April 17, 1982 and he spent his formative years honing his craft in the Vancouver Minor Hockey system. He took a rather unconventional path to the NHL starting his amateur career at Boston College and then moving on to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.
The Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League came next before he joined the team that drafted him in the 1st round (14th overall), the Calgary Flames; late in the 2002-2003 season.
While at Boston College, Kobasew reached the pinnacle of American Collegiate Hockey – a win on an uber-talented team that won the Frozen Four tournament during the 2000-2001 season. Kobasew stood out amongst all of the future NHL stars in that tournament and was named MVP.
After that he would go onto star for the Kelowna Rockets registering 41 goals and 62 points in 55 games that season.
Off to the pros Kobasew went. His time in Calgary was somewhat difficult – far from the expectations that he came with into the Flames organization.
His first year saw him play in 23 games, score four goals and add two assists.
In his second year (2003-2004) he played 70 games scoring six times and adding eleven assists – not the numbers that most expected from a 14th overall pick.
The 2004-2005 season was a lockout year in the NHL. Kobasew skated for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL and had by far his best season as a pro – 38 goals and 37 assists in 79 games as the Captain of the team.
Chuck followed that strong season up with 20 goals and 11 assists for the Flames in 2005-2006.
Another disappointing season followed and on February 10, 2007 he was traded to the Boston Bruins.
Kobasew picked up his career in Boston. In the 2007-2008 season, Kobasew scored 22 goals and added 17 assists prompting the Bruins to sign him to a three-year $7 million extension. He would go on to have his best season as a pro – 21 goals and 21 assists in the 2008-2009 season.
Early in the 2009-2010 season, Chuck Kobasew was traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller and Alexander Fallstromon. He would spend two seasons in Minnesota and score 18 goals while adding 12 assists.
In the summer of 2011, Kobasew agreed to a 2-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.