Born October 30, 1987 (age 24) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Right winger for the St. Louis Blues
Merry Christmas! To go along with the date, I picked someone who wears a 25. Chris is one of seven kids, including big brother and fellow NHL player Anthony (spoiler alert: he’s tomorrow’s MotD), to a Jamaican father and a Canadian mother. Even though the family was poor, the boys loved hockey and wanted to play; through the kindness of someone associated with their peewee team, Chris didn’t have to pay a dime to play. Years later, Anthony convinced his coaches at the Kingston Frontenacs to let Chris try out for the team. In his three years with the Frontenacs, Chris went from making the team straight from training camp to becoming their captain, all while steadily improving his game and being picked 18th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2006 draft.
After his time in the OHL, Chris moved to the Avs’ AHL team in Albany for the rest of the 2006-07 season, where he scored a goal and two assists in five games. When the Avs moved their AHL team to Cleveland and renamed them the Lake Erie Monsters, he went with them, staying with them all season and not only leading the team in goals but scoring a hat trick! He was with the Monsters for the 2008-09 season till he was called to Denver on December 5, 2008, when he made his NHL debut with the Avs. He didn’t score any points that night, but he got his first NHL goal the next night against the Los Angeles Kings. About a month later, he scored against the Kings again, this time getting his first Gordie Howe hat trick!
The 2009-10 season was spent with the Avs, only playing two games in Cleveland. That season saw him get his second GH hattie against the Florida Panthers and his first regular hat trick against the St. Louis Blues (foreshadowing). He finished the regular season second in team points with 64, and he scored three points in six playoff games before being eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. He started the next season with a brand-new two-year extension and another regular hat trick, this time against the Calgary Flames. But in February 2011, he and Kevin Shattenkirk were traded the Blues for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first round draft pick. He finished the season with the Blues, scoring 23 points in 26 games. He also played in the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, scoring two goals and two assists even though Team Canada placed fifth.
This season finds him with five goals and seven assists so far, even with a three-game suspension in November for hitting Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall. And yes, the Blues have played Anthony and the Carolina Hurricanes this past October, winning 3-2 at home. They’ll meet again in Raleigh in March, and you can be sure it’ll be another game tempered with brotherly love.