Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz was born September 26, 1979 in Regina, Saskatchewan. A graduate of the Ferris State Bulldogs, Kunitz signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the spring of 2003.

An offensively gifted player, Kunitz played four years at Ferris State registering 175 points (99-76-175) and was a Hobey Baker finalist in 2003. The CCHA's Player of the Year in 2003, Kunitz was also selected as a First Team All-CCHA in both his Junior and Senior years before making his professional debut with the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2003-04.

In his first season as a professional, Kunitz spent the majority of the year with the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, and went on to play 21 games with the parent club, registering six assists.

Prior to the 2005-06 season, Kunitz was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers and went to play the early part of the season with the AHL's Portland Pirates before being re-claimed by Anaheim in mid-October of 2005. That season Kunitz appeared in his first full NHL season and finished the post-season ranking among rookie leaders in goals. In 2006-07, Kunitz suited up for his fourth NHL season and tallied a career high 25 goals, 35 assists for 60 points. In the playoffs, Kunitz broke a bone in his right hand and missed seven games. However, he returned late in the Stanley Cup Final to help his club clinch hockey's ultimate prize in game five.

On the international stage, Kunitz represented Canada at the 2008 World Hockey Championships.

In the days leading up to the 2009 NHL trade deadline Kunitz's time in Anaheim would come to an end when he was shipped to Pittsburgh along with Eric Tangradi in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney.

In Pittsburgh, Kunitz would win the second Stanley Cup of his career, defeating Detroit in a nail-biting 7-game series.

Kunitz would find a home in Pittsburgh. Often riding shotgun with superstar Sidney Crosby, Kunitz would consistently reach the 20 goal-mark.

In 2012-13, though the NHL season was shortened to just 48 games of the lockout, Kunitz would score 22 times and add 30 assists to go along with a stellar +30 rating.

In 2014, in the midst of another career-year, Kunitz was called upon to represent his country. This time at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Canada went undefeated during tournament play en route to capturing the country's second consecutive gold medal. It was Kunitz who scored the tournament's final goal, putting the final touches on a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold medal game.

Kunitz would suit up in 80 games for the Penguins during the 2015-16 season, scoring 17 times and adding 23 assists. He would also see action in 24 post-season games for the club, helping the Penguins to the fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. It was third time in his career that Kunitz had captured hockey's most coveted trophy.

During the 2017 playoffs, Kunitz scored the game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to eliminate the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins would go on to defeat the Nashville Predators to earn the fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history and the fourth for Kunitz.

On July 1, 2017, Kunitz' time in the Penguins' organization would come to an end. He signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kunitz suited up in all 82 games for the Lightning during the 2017-18 season, scoring 13 times and adding 16 assists. The following summer, as a free agent once again, he signed a one year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Yorkton Mallers SMHL 64 38 38 76 233
1997-98 Melville Millionaires SJHL 60 30 27 57 151
1998-99 Melville Millionaires SJHL 63 57 32 89 222 4 4 1 5 19
1999-00 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 38 20 9 29 70
2000-01 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 37 16 13 29 81
2001-02 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 35 28 10 38 68
2002-03 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 42 35 44 79 56
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 21 0 6 6 12 +1
2003-04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 59 19 25 44 101 +4 9 3 2 5 24
2004-05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 54 22 17 39 71 +13 12 1 7 8 20
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -3
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 67 19 22 41 69 +19 16 3 5 8 8
2005-06 Portland Pirates AHL 5 0 4 4 12 +1
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 81 25 35 60 81 +23 13 1 5 6 19
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 21 29 50 80 +8 6 0 2 2 8
2007-08 Canada WC-A 9 2 5 7 4 +2
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 16 19 35 55 +9
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 7 11 18 16 +3 24 1 13 14 19
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 13 19 32 39 +3 13 4 7 11 8
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 23 25 48 47 +18 6 1 0 1 6
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 26 35 61 49 +16 6 2 4 6 8
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 22 30 52 39 +30 15 5 5 10 6
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 35 33 68 66 +25 13 3 5 8 16
2013-14 Canada Olympics 6 1 0 1 6 +2
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 17 23 40 56 +2 5 1 2 3 8
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 17 23 40 41 +29 24 4 8 12 15
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 9 20 29 36 0 20 2 9 11 27
NHL Totals 884 250 330 580 688 161 27 65 92 148


CCHA First All-Star Team (2002, 2003)
CCHA Player of the Year (2003)
NCAA West First All-American Team (2003) NHL First All-Star Team (2013)
Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, April 1, 2003. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Anaheim, October 4, 2005. Claimed on waivers by Anaheim from Atlanta, October 18, 2005. Traded to Pittsburgh by Anaheim with Eric Tangradi for Ryan Whitney, February 26, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2017.
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