Friday, July 9, 2010

Chris Evans

Not much was expected of Chris Evans once his junior career had ended 1968. Standing just 5'9" tall and weighing 180 pounds, the general consensus was Chris was far too small to play a defense position at the National Hockey League level.

Chris persevered however. Chris starred for two seasons in junior hockey with his hometown Toronto Marlies. His stay there was highlighted by the 1967 Memorial Cup championship.

Chris turned professional in 1968 when he played with the lowly Tulsa Oilers of the CHL. Aside from 2 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1969-70, he bounced around the minor leagues for three years before getting a chance with the Buffalo Sabres

That chance occurred during the 1971-72 season. Chris used his puck moving game to impress the NHL with a 6 goal, 24 point season in 61 games with the Sabres. Ultimately he'd end the season as a member of the St. Louis Blues. The Sabres traded Chris to St. Louis for George Morrison and a second round draft pick in 1972 which was used to draft Larry Carriere.

Chris would play two solid seasons with the St. Louis Blues. He would depart St. Louis in 1974 for stops in Detroit and Kansas City before returning to St. Louis in 1975 to round out his NHL career with 19 goals and 61 points in 241 games.

That was not the end of Chris' hockey career however. He jumped to the WHA starting in the 1975-76 season, and would enjoy three seasons in the rival major league, scoring 11 goals and 62 points in 204 games. He also played in the little-known Pacific Hockey League in 1978-79 before heading to Germany for two seasons. In 1980-81 he returned for a brief stint in the league that gave him his professional start - the Central Hockey League. He played 6 games with the Wichita Wind upon completion of the German season, thus ending his hockey career.


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