With the Penguins in 2013.
April 17, 1982|
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
14th overall, 2001|
Nicholas James "Chuck" Kobasew (born April 17, 1982) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Kobasew is from the town of Osoyoos, British Columbia, 398 kilometres east of Vancouver. He spent one season playing at Boston College, starring on a team which won the National Championship and was loaded with players headed to the NHL. At the 2001 NCAA Frozen Four, the Eagles defeated the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3-2 in overtime. Kobasew was named MVP for the tournament.
He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round (14th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Kobasew played with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Lowell Lock Monsters, and helped the team reach a number of franchise records. He was named as captain for the team, and scored 75 points in 79 games. He was also selected to play for the Canadian contingent at that year's All-Star game.
While playing for the Flames, Kobasew scored his first career hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche on January 24, 2006.
On February 10, 2007, Kobasew and Andrew Ference were traded by the Flames to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau. On May 13, 2008, Kobasew signed a 3-year contract extension with the Bruins worth $7 million. Kobasew scored 21 goals along with 21 assists during the 2008-09 NHL Season as the Bruins reached the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Kobasew was traded by the Bruins to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller, a second round pick in 2011, and the rights to prospect Alexander Fallstrom on October 18, 2009. On November 27, 2009, Kobasew scored his second career hat trick similarly against the Colorado Avalanche.
On July 1, 2011, Kobasew agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per year with the Colorado Avalanche. Kobasew made his Avalanche debut on opening night of the 2011–12 season in a 3-0 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on October 8, 2011. Whilst entrenched on the Avalanche in a checking line role, Kobasew appeared in his 500th game, along with linemate Jay McClement, on December 8, 2011, against his original club, the Calgary Flames. He reached another milestone on December 31, when he scored his 100th career NHL goal, a game-winner, in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Whilst impeded with various injuries throughout the season, Kobasew finished his first year with the Avalanche with 7 goals and 14 points in 58 games.
In the final year of his contract in the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Kobasew was primarily limited to a fourth line role with the Avalanche. On March 20, 2013, Kobasew recorded his 100th career assist, added a late game-winning goal and recorded a career high Plus/minus 4 in a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. He compiled 5 goals and 9 points in 37 games as Colorado failed to reach the playoffs for a third consecutive season.
After the expiration of his contract with the Avalanche, Kobasew spent the off-season unsigned before accepting an invitation on September 11, 2013, to attend the Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 training camp on a professional try-out contract. On October 2, he signed a one-year, $550,000 contract with the team. In the 2013–14 season with the Penguins, Kobasew was used primarily in a checking depth role. After scoring only 2 goals in 33 games, Kobasew was placed on waivers and assigned to AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In playing at the AHL level for the first time in 9 years, Kobasew regained his scoring prowess with 11 goals in 12 games.
Kobasew signalled the end of his NHL career, in signing his first European contract on a two-year deal with Swiss club, SC Bern of the National League A (NLA) on July 1, 2014. During the 2015–16 season, in which Bern won the Swiss championship, Kobasew saw action in only ten games due to a concussion, suffered in October 2015. He would not return to play professionally due to his injury.
Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||Saint John Flames||AHL||48||21||12||33||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||79||38||37||75||110||11||6||3||9||27|
|World Junior Championships|
|2002 Czech Republic|
Awards and honours
|First All-Star Team||2000|
|Interior Division MVP||2000|
|All-Hockey East Second Team||2000–01|
|HE All-Academic Team||2001|
|All-Hockey East Rookie Team||2000–01|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2001|||
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2001|||
|NCAA Tournament MVP||2001|
|First All-Star Team||2005|||
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- "Kobasew's late goal lifts Avalanche over Stars". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Penguins sign forward Chuck Kobasew to a professional tryout contract". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- "Chuck Kobasew to SCB" (in German). SC Bern. 2014-07-01. Archived from the original on 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "Die dunklen Tage des Chuck Kobasew". bernerzeitung.ch. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
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- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
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- "Lowell's Kobasew named to AHL First Team All-Star". oursportscentral.com. 2005-04-05. Retrieved 2005-04-05.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database, or TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Rookie of the Year
| William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
| NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
| Calgary Flames' first round draft pick