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Ducks Acquire Kyle Chipchura from Montreal

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Kyle Chipchura from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“Kyle Chipchura is a heart-and-soul player,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “A team leader in both his professional and amateur career, Chipchura will be a valuable addition to the Anaheim Ducks.”

Chipchura, 23 (2/19/86), has appeared in 19 games for Montreal this season, going scoreless with 16 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-2, 206-pound center recorded 11 shots on net while averaging 8:37 time-on-ice (TOI) with the Canadiens. He won 51-of-106 faceoffs, ranking second on the club in faceoff percentage (53.8%).

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 last season. 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 Montreal, collecting 4-10=14 points with 31 PIM in 68 career games. Over four AHL seasons with Hamilton from 2006-09, Chipchura recorded 37-61=98 points with 154 PIM in 178 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.

Chipchura spoke to reporters from Montreal on Wednesday afternoon. The following is a transcript:

It wasn’t a total surprise. I felt a change was coming. When it happens, it’s still a shock. I’m very excited to be joining the Ducks. I’m looking forward to the challenge and opportunity.

On the immigration process

I’m not quite sure how it works. From what I was told, it can be anywhere from 3-5 days. Hopefully, things work smoothly and I can get down there sooner rather than later.

On his role
My role here in Montreal was a bottom-six forward guy, who comes to compete every night and plays a gritty game. I came off to a rough start here in Montreal. Hopefully, a fresh opportunity will help me turn things around.

On the start to his season
It’s hard to say. There is no excuse for it. I had shoulder surgery in the offseason and didn’t have training camp. My first few games, before I knew it I was minus-six after four games or something like that. It’s a tough league and you have to be consistent. I felt like I had my ups and downs.

On playing in Montreal as a young player
Montreal is definitely one of the toughest places to play, but it’s also one of the more special places to play. As a guy trying to make his mark, the pressure is there every day with the team, the city and the media. It’s like you are under a microscope. The way the past few seasons have went here, it was time for a fresh start, relax, play the game and have fun again. That is what I’m hoping happens here in Anaheim.

On familiarity with Getzlaf and Perry during the 2005 World Juniors with Team Canada
I got injured right before the training camp. I spent the summer camp with them the summer before that. They are two very good players. They were great back then. They have sure developed into top-tier NHLers.

On the Ducks
I’ve met a couple of guys before. I played with Saku. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. He is the greatest captain I have ever played with and a great guy, who is very well respected here in Montreal. Travis Moen gave me a call a couple of hours ago. He had nothing but good things to say. He said it’s a great place to live, a great organization, a great group of guys, a great thing to be a part of and an awful lot of fun.

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