Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Born on this date in 1962, John Chabot, an Algonquin Aboriginal, played in the Quebec Major Junior League for the Hull Olympiques after being drafted first overall in the 1979 QMJHL draft. In his first season with Hull, Chabot scored 26 goals and 57 assists for 83 points in 68 games. Following that season, he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 40th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He exceeded his point totals in all categories the following year with 27 goals, 62 assists and 89 points.
The 1981-82 season saw Chabot move to the Sherbrooke Beavers, where he raised his game with a new high of 34 goals, but exploded in the assist category with a remarkable 109 in 62 games to lead the league, giving him 143 points for the season. He was named the winner of the CCM QMJHL Player of the Year as well as the recipient of the Michel Briere Memorial Trophy as league MVP, an award won by Dale Hawerchuk and Denis Savard in the two previous seasons and in subsequent seasons by Pat Lafontaine and Mario Lemieux.
He spent the 1982-83 season in the American Hockey League with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs proving he was ready for the NHL with 89 points in 76 games.
His NHL debut came in 1983-84 with the Canadiens, dressing for 56 games, scoring 18 goals and 43 points plus seeing action in 11 playoff games.
Ten games into the following season Chabot was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penuins, where he racked up assists on a regular basis to finish the season with 60 points from 51 assists in 77 games.
After another season with the Penguins, Chabot signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent for the 1987-88 campaign. There, he scored an NHL career high 57 points from 13 goals and 44 assists, plus an additional 19 points in 16 playoff contests as the Red Wings advanced to the conference finals.
Chabot had a rough season in 1988-89, playing only 52 games with Detroit and registering a meager 12 points, as well as an eight game stint with Adirondack in the AHL, where he scored just under two points a game.
He found his game again in 1989-90, playing the full season in Detroit and scoring 49 points in 69 games, but 1990-91 was split between Adirondack and Detroit, with 27 games for each, scoring the final 10 points of his NHL career.
1991-92 saw him appear in eight games for the Canadian National Team before moving to Italy with HC Devils Milano, where he dominated with 45 points in 17 games before adding 17 points in 13 playoff games as Milan won the Italian Serie A championship.
After beginning the season with Milan, Chabot moved to the Berlin Capitals of the German Bundesliga. He would play for the Capitals for five seasons, which saw the formation of the new Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in 1994, and average 1.37 points per game, with a high of 81 points in 50 games.
The 1997-98 season had Chabot on the move to the Frankfurt Lions where he led the DEL in scoring with 63 points. He became team captain and was able to maintain his average of more than a point per game in the DEL with 1.05 points per game while with Frankfurt with a high of 64 points in 57 games in 1998-99.
Chabot played his final season in 2000-01 with the Berlin Polar Bears and completed his career with 1188 games played, 315 goals and 902 assists for 1217 points in 18 professional seasons. His final NHL totals were 508 games, 84 goals and 228 assists for 312 points, which currently ranks sixth all time for players born in Prince Edward Island.
Today's featured jersey is a 1999-00 Frankfurt Lions John Chabot jersey. This jersey features a number of sponsorship logos typical of European jerseys and also sports the captain's "C" and 2000 DEL playoff logo on the right chest.
Unlike North American jersey standards, this jersey has Chabot's name placed below the numbers rather than above.
Today's first video features Chabot scoring a power play goal while playing for the Penguins, followed by a breakaway goal from 1985 with a nice celebration move afterwards.
Look out Loretta, Chabot scores against the Oilers in 1987.
Next, coach Chabot teaches youngsters how to do a proper wrist shot. There are additional videos featuring Chabot on skating and stickhandling. Most recently, Chabot was an assistant coach for the New York Islanders in the 2008-09 season.