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Born March 8, 1976 (1976-03-08) (age 34),
South Windsor, CT, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Washington Capitals
Calgary Flames
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 77th overall, 1994
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1998 – present

Chris Clark (born March 8, 1976 in South Windsor, Connecticut) is a professional ice hockey right winger for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

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College career

Clark played four years for the Clarkson Golden Knights in the ECAC (NCAA Division I), posting 128 points (63 goals, 65 assists) and 392 penalty minutes in 142 games. He was named to the ECAC Second All-Star team in 1998.[1]

NHL career

Clark was drafted in the third round, 77th overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Clark played five seasons with the Flames. In his final season with the team, he played in every game and helped the team to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to Tampa Bay.

Clark was traded to the Washington Capitals as a restricted free agent on August 4, 2005, in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2006 Entry Draft. In January 2006, he joined the Capitals' top line, which also included left wing Alexander Ovechkin and center Dainius Zubrus. Clark finished his first season in Washington with career highs in goals, assists, and points. The Capitals named Clark their new team captain on September 13, 2006.[2] Playing on the top line, Clark had a career year in goals (30), assists (24) and points (54) during the 2006–07 season.

Clark was injured in the third period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on November 28, 2007, and missed the next eighteen games with a strained groin muscle. Clark returned to the lineup on February 13, 2008, but played only one shift against the Philadelphia Flyers. Clark kicked out his skate in an attempt to stop a pass when he aggravated the groin injury. Clark missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

After suffering a wrist injury in February 2009, Clark would miss the remainder of the 2008–09 regular season after suffering a wrist injury that required surgery.[3] Clark skated with the team during the pre game skate before game five of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff game against the New York Rangers, but did not return until Game 7, taking the place of then-teammate Donald Brashear, who was suspended for six games after his late hit on Blair Betts.

On December 28, 2009, Clark, along with defenseman Milan Jurcina, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Jason Chimera.[4]

Clark was the third longest tenured captain in the history of the Washington Capitals, behind only Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway and Dale Hunter.[5]

International play

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Clark continued his career in Europe. First Clark played through a short stint with Swiss team SC Bern, then with Norwegian outfit Storhamar Dragons.

In 2007 Clark was chosen as the captain of the USA hockey team for the World Championships, where he scored two goals and added an assist in six games.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Clarkson University ECACHL 32 12 11 23 92
1995–96 Clarkson University ECACHL 38 10 8 18 106
1996–97 Clarkson University ECACHL 37 23 25 48 86
1997–98 Clarkson University ECACHL 35 18 21 39 106
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 73 13 27 40 123 7 2 4 6 15
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 48 16 17 33 134
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 22 0 1 1 14
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 48 18 17 35 131 18 4 10 14 39
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 29 5 1 6 38
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 64 10 7 17 79
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 81 10 12 22 126
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 82 10 15 25 106 26 3 3 6 30
2004–05 SC Bern Swiss-A 3 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Storhamar Dragons UPC Norway 15 10 4 14 86 7 4 4 8 14
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 78 20 19 39 110
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 74 30 24 54 66
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 18 5 4 9 43
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 32 1 5 6 32 8 1 0 1 8
ECACHL totals 142 63 65 128 392
AHL totals 169 47 61 108 388 25 6 14 20 64
NHL totals 480 91 88 179 611 34 4 3 7 38

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Preceded by
Jeff Halpern
Washington Capitals captains
200609
Succeeded by
Alexander Ovechkin
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