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FUTURE WATCH: Greg Chase

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

Having to walk into a different dressing room after five years is hard.  Feelings of anxiety and nervousness are sure to pop up when you’re the new guy.  But for Greg Chase, what began as a trade out of necessity, ended up as a chance to play with a life-long friend.

Sometimes things just don’t workout and a change of scenery is needed. That was the case with Oilers prospect Greg Chase, who was left waiting and wondering where he would end up after deciding it was time to move on from the Calgary Hitmen.

Photo by Victoria Royals

“It was tough,” Chase said. “In the middle of the season you don’t want to be in that situation where you get sent home, and don’t know your future in hockey. I was pretty nervous and it’s a bit unsettling at the same time.”

After a week of playing the waiting game, Greg Chase found out his fate. 

“I knew that wherever I would end up was going to be a good place, and I was going to develop further in my career,” Chase said.

For Chase, the most important thing was simply playing for an organization that wanted him as much as he wanted to be there. So just like that, the former 85-point producing centre was off to play for the Victoria Royals.

“Victoria is a good fit for me and so far it’s been awesome,” Chase said. “Dave Lowry, the coach here, did an awesome job of bring me in and blending me in with the guys.”

Chase was sent to the Royals in exchange for Calgary Flames’ draft pick and defenceman Keegan Kanzig and bantam draft picks.

Now, we all know that feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re starting at a new school or walking into a room where you don’t know a soul.  After five years as a Hitman, it’s something Chase may have had to deal with had it not been for one friendly face.

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“It was definitely different and a new experience for me, I only knew one or two guys on Victoria,” Chase said.

But certainly quality trumps quantity in this case, as the Oilers draft pick was reunited with a childhood friend, Brandon Magee.

“I’ve known Brandon since grade three or four, we went to the same school in Edmonton (and played) through Donnan and Vimy Ridge hockey programs there,” Chase explained. “We grew up playing on the same rink and going to class together.”

That’s as far as the on-ice friendship would go though. The duo of Magee and Chase has been foes up until this point.

“We played pretty our whole lives against each other,” Chase said. “I was playing for Sherwood Park and he was playing for Southside.”

But it didn’t stop the two from keeping in contact and Magee served as support for the centre when he was in limbo.

“He was talking to me while I was in the midst of getting traded and I was kind of hoping it’d be his team (that Calgary made a deal with), and then when it was we were both pretty excited to get the chance to play together for the first time in our lives.”

Magee, in his fifth WHL season with the Royals, took the lead on introducing Chase to the team and showing him around town, but there was one player that needed no introduction. 

Following Chase’s appearance in the Super Series this year against Russia, representing Team WHL, he’d met defenceman Joe Hicketts (a Detroit Red Wings prospect) who may have a future in fortune telling should the whole hockey thing not work out.

Photo by Victoria Royals

“There were a couple times during that week (the Super Series) when Joe made a couple jokes,” said Chase. “He’d come up to me and say, ‘Dave (Royals coach) just called me and you’re on our team, he just traded this guy for you.’”

Chase went on to say that Hicketts wasn’t just musing, “One of the trade scenarios that he had said actually came to be true.  So when I got there (Victoria), that’s the first thing he said to me. It was pretty funny.”

Even though he has a new beginning, a clean slate, Chase knows the Hitmen helped him grow into the player he is today.

“Coming in as a 16-year-old I learned a lot from a bunch of older guys,” Chase said,  “I was lucky enough to play on winning teams and learned that winning attitude and what it takes to be successful.  They did their best to make me a complete player and help me with the things I need to work on. That’s the first priority there.”

Taking the reins on his development from this point on is 20-year NHL vet and current associate coach of the Canadian Junior National Team, Dave Lowry who will help Chase grow into a player that will be effective at the next level.

Drafted in the seventh round in 2013, the forward just singed a three-year entry level contract with his hometown team.

“When I first got drafted to the Oilers, I didn’t really think about it but after a few seconds it sunk in," Chase said, “I grew up watching this team. My mind went back to their run when I was nine or ten (2006) and I imagined what it would be like to be a part of something like that.”

Chase added, “I use it as motivation to one day be able to play in front of my family and friends. Maybe that dream can come true someday and we’re inching a step closer each day.  Hard work’s going to get me there.

For now, the Oilers prospect (who has 5 goals and 10 assists in 13 games with the Royals and a  total of 30 points on the season) has shaken off the Christmas hangover and is gearing up for a five-game home stand in Victoria, before heading out on the road to play his former club on January 17.

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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 18 2 3 5 +6 24
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 29 1 2 3 -11 38
MATT FORD* F 30 28 9 10 19 +1 12
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 27 0 3 3 +2 14
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 22 27 6 10 16 +4 14
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 26 11 8 19 +4 2
BRAD HUNT D 26 17 7 15 22 +7 6
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 3 1 0 1 +2 0
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 4 1 1 2 -1 0
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 26 1 2 3 -6 32
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 28 8 21 29 +6 18
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 13 1 2 3 -1 24
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 22 13 0 2 2 -1 6
ANDREW MILLER F 26 29 9 12 21 +5 4
MITCH MOROZ F 20 26 0 2 2 -3 45
DAVID MUSIL D 21 25 0 2 2 -6 15
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 31 5 9 14 -3 6
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 25 10 5 15 +10 12
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 9 0 6 6 +3 40
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 28 2 4 6 -3 4
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 28 12 17 29 +2 16
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 26 2 8 10 +1 10
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 18 9 1 1 2 +1 2
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 31 4 3 7 +1 35
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 24 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 7 1 5 6 +1 2
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 30 1 8 9 +9 27 EVERETT (WHL)
GREG CHASE  C 19 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
13 5 10 15 -2 11 victoria (whl)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 32 13 15 28 0 40 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 19 19 6 13 19 +3 34 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 33 17 28 45 +9 24 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 20 28 17 11 28 +7 16 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 16 4 9 13 +6 14 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 34 14 28 42 0 16 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 22 1 11 12 +9 48 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 14 6 6 12 +4 25 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 13 0 5 5 -1 20 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 17 4 5 9 +6 2 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 19 4 10 14 +10 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 40 18 12 30 -1 20 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 24 37 2 12 14 -10 22 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 40 6 7 13 -2 8 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 29 5 6 9 -3 42 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 6 0 0 0 +2 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
28 1 3 4 -10 14 HK SAROV (VHL)
2014 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 3 0 0 0 +1 4 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 3 0 1 1 +3 3 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 14 8 3 3   0 2.54 .914 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 21 5 9 4   0 4.53 .851 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 16 10 4 0   2 2.20 .928 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 11 4 6 1   2.39 .901 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 13 6 6 0   1 2.78 .904 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 19 7 8 2   2 3.37 .888 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 16 8 4 2   1 2.66 .901 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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