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Born November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27) (age 33),
Cornwall, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
224 lb (102 kg; 16 st 0 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks
Phoenix Coyotes
Winnipeg Jets
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
AHL
Springfield Falcons
Hamilton Bulldogs
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1995
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Career 1995 – present

Chad William Lawrence Kilger (born 27 November 1976 in Cornwall, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for several National Hockey League teams, most recently the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Playing career

Chad Kilger began his playing career by playing two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Frontenacs. He was subsequently drafted fourth overall by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He made the team that fall, but on 7 February 1996 he was traded with Oleg Tverdovsky and a third round draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Teemu Selänne, Marc Chouinard and a fourth round draft choice, and subsequently spent most of his playing time with Winnipeg's minor league affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.

Kilger's numbers did not improve until he came to the Chicago Blackhawks. In 86 games in parts of two seasons with the Blackhawks, he scored 36 points. In March 1999, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Daniel Cleary, Ethan Moreau, and Christian Laflamme for Boris Mironov, Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson, and in December 2000, he was sent to the Montreal Canadiens for Sergei Zholtok. He had early success, but as his ice time dropped so did his point totals. In his first season with the Canadiens he averaged 17:57 in ice time. In March 2004, he was put on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1]

Chad Kilger set the unofficial hockey record for the hardest shot on December 3, 2006, when he was clocked at 106.6 mph, beating the old record held by former Sharks defenseman Shawn Heins (106.0 mph). The old NHL record was held by former Capitals defenseman Al Iafrate, whose record was 105.2 mph. Kilger's unofficial record was surpassed when Sheldon Souray fired a 106.7 mph shot at the Edmonton Oiler's skills competition in 2009.

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Failure to report to Florida

On the NHL trade deadline date, February 26, 2008, the Leafs dealt Kilger to the Florida Panthers for a third round draft pick. He immediately requested a leave of absence from Panthers' management, which was granted. However, he did not report to the team at the pre-arranged time, and on March 5, the Panthers suspended him indefinitely without pay.[2] Kilger also failed to report to training camp at the beginning of the 2008–09 season. As of April 2009, he has not played and has not made a statement to the media regarding his status. His mother stated he was on holidays, and his agent is not returning calls. Former Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher stated that Kilger retired after leaving Toronto, though this was unconfirmed and Kilger had not officially announced his retirement. [3] Chad Kilger was officially confirmed to be retired on July 10, 2009. He now works as a fire fighter in Cornwall, Ontario.[4]

Personal

Kilger and his family currently reside in Cornwall, Ontario, where all three of his children were born.[1] His father, Bob Kilger, is presently the mayor of the city. Chad was recently hired as a firefighter for the City of Cornwall, though there is some controversy surrounding the circumstances of his hiring.[5]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 66 17 35 52 23 6 7 2 9 8
1994–95 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 65 42 53 95 6 5 2 7 10 0
1995–96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 45 5 7 12 22
1996–97 Springfield Falcons AHL 52 17 28 45 36 16 5 7 12 56
1996–97 Winnipeg Jets NHL 29 2 3 5 12 4 1 0 1 0
1997–98 Springfield Falcons AHL 35 14 14 28 33
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 10 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 3 8 11 6
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 14 11 25 30
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 3 2 5 18 3 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 7 4 2 6 4
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 34 5 2 7 17
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 9 16 25 34
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 8 15 23 27 12 0 1 1 9
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 9 7 16 21
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 2 2 4 14
2003–04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 1 1 2 2 13 2 1 3 0
2004–05 DNP — Lockout NHL
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 17 11 28 63
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 14 14 28 58
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 10 7 17 18
OHL totals 131 59 88 147 118 12 12 4 16 18
NHL totals 714 107 111 218 363 36 3 2 5 13

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Preceded by
Oleg Tverdovsky
Anaheim Mighty Ducks first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by
Ruslan Salei

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