2004-05: Chipchura had a career year in the WHL… suffered a groin injury which kept him out of the Top Prospects game in London, ON…Played for Canada at the U18 Championships in Belarus.
1st round (14th overall), 2004
2005-06: Served as captain of the Raiders and led the team in scoring. He also finished out the season tied for first in goals scored and earned honors as the team’s MVP. He was also captain of gold medal winning Team Canada in the 2006 WJC.
2006-07: Played in all 80 regular season games his rookie season with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL). Chipchura proved that he was competent in all facets of the game, including the penalty kill and the power play. An outstanding natural leader, he was also a strong presence in the lockerroom. He was second among rookies in scoring, and the top scoring rookie during the postseason.
2007-08: Chipchura split the season between the AHL and NHL, playing in 39 games for Hamilton (AHL) and another 36 for Montreal. In his time with the Bulldogs, Chipchura put up 21 points (10+11) and finished with a -1 plus/minus rating. In his stint with Montreal, he produced 11 points (4+7) but didn’t see any ice time during the postseason.
A big, strong two-way center with some offensive upside, Chipchura is solid in all areas of the game, though not exceptional. He is an effective penalty killer and the type of player who does all of the little things to help make his team successful. Chipchura also exhibits maturity and strong leadership skills.
Chipchura is captain material. He has superior defensive skills and needs to work on his faceoffs to solidify a roster spot.