The Ducks have signed center Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract extension through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Chipchura, 24 (2/19/86), appeared in 74 games for Anaheim and Montreal last season, collecting 6-6=12 points with 72 penalty minutes (PIM). Acquired from the Canadiens in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on Dec. 2, 2009, Chipchura finished the season with career highs in goals, points, PIM, appearances, hits (63) and blocked shots (28). Among Anaheim team leaders, he ranked third in faceoff wins (321-of-670) and sixth in shooting percentage (14.0).
Originally selected by Montreal in the first round (18th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Chipchura earned 0-3=3 points with five PIM in 13 games with the Canadiens in 2008-09. He spent the remainder of the year with Montreal’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Hamilton, scoring 14-21=35 points with 65 PIM in 51 games. As Hamilton’s team captain, Chipchura led the Bulldogs with a +28 rating in the regular season.
A native of Westlock, Alberta, Chipchura has played three NHL seasons with Anaheim and Montreal, collecting 10-16=26 points with 87 PIM in 123 career games. Over four AHL seasons with Hamilton from 2006-09, Chipchura recorded 37-61=98 points with 154 PIM in 178 career games and helped the Bulldogs win the 2007 Calder Cup. Prior to making his professional debut with Hamilton, he won a gold medal as Team Canada’s captain at the 2006 World Junior Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia.