Born March 27, 1982 (age 29) in Fraser, Michigan, USA
Right winger for the Carolina Hurricanes
Okay, I totally did NOT pick a guy from the Hurricanes because of the impending doom the East Coast is facing – truth be told, I’d picked him four days ago. Now that we have that sorted, let’s meet Chadwick, as I like to call him.
Chad started with the USHL’s Sioux City Stampede before moving on to the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. Despite setting the record for most goals scored in a season (61 in the 2002-03 season), he was undrafted but was invited to the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp twice. He finally made it to the NHL when the Carolina Hurricanes sined him as a free agent in 2003, and he spent the 2003-04 season and hopping between the Florida Everblades and the AHL’s Lowell Lock Monsters, where he spent the next season.
The 2005-06 season found him bouncing between Lowell and Carolina. After being a goal scorer in the junior leagues, he quickly became more of an aggressive forward, much like Daniel Carcillo. He may have only scored one goal in 49 NHL games, but he still got to hoist the Stanley Cup when the Canes won that season. After that season, he was given a two-year contract extension, then another in 2009, and this summer he was signed to stay on another two years.
On a team with such names as Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner and Cam Ward, Chadwick is definitely making a name for himself.