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THREE THINGS: Get to know Chris Kunitz

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent forward Chris Kunitz

by Chris Wescott /

With the Blackhawks signing veteran free agent Chris Kunitz to a one-year contract, here are three things to know about him.

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If a professional athlete's career is partially judged on how many championships they win, Kunitz has plenty to put on his resume. The winger has been on four Stanley Cup Championship rosters during his NHL career.

His first Cup win was in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. Kunitz suited up in 13 games that postseason, scoring one goal and adding five assists. The Ducks would end up defeating the Ottawa Senators in five in the best-of-seven series.

His second championship came in 2008-09 with Kunitz and the Pittsburgh Penguins downing the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. Kunitz had a bigger role on his new club during that run, playing in 24 playoff games and recording 14 points (1G, 13A).

Kunitz would then repeat his winning ways with Pittsburgh in back-to-back seasons (2016 and 2017).

In 2016, Kunitz won his third Cup, contributing 12 points (4 G, 8A) in 24 games. The Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games.

In 2017, the Penguins repeated by defeating Nashville in the Final in six games. Kunitz chipped in two goals and nine assists in 20 contests during that postseason.


Kunitz chose the college route to continue his playing career when he was younger. The forward played four seasons for Ferris State University, where he became a prolific scorer and an alternate captain as a senior.

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As a junior, Kunitz scored 28 goals in 35 games to be named a CCHA First Team All-Star. In his senior year, Kunitz did even better.

The winger potted 35 goals in his final collegiate season and won numerous honors. He was named a CCHA First Team All-Star and the CCHA Player of the Year. He was an NCAA West All-American and was even a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (the nation's top collegiate player).

He earned a Bachelor's in Business with a concentration in marketing.


At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Kunitz helped Canada take home gold.

Although he scored just one goal in six games played at the tournament, it was a memorable one.

Tweet from @hockeynight: GOAL: That goal from Kunitz gives Canada a 3-0 lead over Sweden. #CANvsSWE #cbcolympics

Kunitz snapped home a shot on Sweden's netminder Henrik Lundqvist to give Canada a 3-0 lead, which put a stamp on their shutout victory in the gold medal round.

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