MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Saturday the signing of forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Last season, the 6-2, 204-pound centreman registered three points (3 assists), five penalty minutes and five shots on goal in 13 regular-season games with the Canadiens. Chipchura also amassed 35 points (14 goal, 21 assists) with 65 penalty minutes and a plus-28 rating in 51 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The 23-year-old concluded the 2008-09 campaign by adding three points (3 goals) and six penalty minutes in six playoff contests with Hamilton.
In 2006-07, Chipchura helped the Hamilton Bulldogs to their first-ever Calder Cup Championship, scoring 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) and serving 20 penalty minutes in 22 AHL playoff contests.
Chipchura also acted as captain of Canada’s gold-medal squad at the 2006 World Junior Championship held in British- Columbia, leading the team with four goals in six games.
A native of Westlock, Alberta, Chipchura was selected by the Canadiens in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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