Chad spends his summers in Raleigh and has dogs named Peyton and Ty… His hero growing up was Steve Yzerman, and his biggest hockey influence was his father… His first hockey team was the Fraser Novice… He also played baseball until the ninth grade… Chad’s first job was as a paperboy… Chad’s favorite vacation spot is the beach in North Carolina… The most-played song on his iPod is “Soul To Squeeze” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers… His favorite movie is Old School, favorite TV show is Modern Family and favorite video game is Tiger Woods Golf… Chad ended up wearing number 59 because it was given to him at training camp… His most memorable NHL goal was his first… His favorite meals are chicken and pasta… He says if he wasn’t playing professional hockey, he would be a professional poker player… His favorite magazine is Men’s Fitness… His favorite website is carolinahurricanes.com and favorite holiday is Christmas… Chad’s favorite thing about being a professional hockey player is “playing every day”… The current celebrity he would most like to meet is Vince Vaughn… The person in history he would most like to meet is John Lennon… His most common game-day habit is napping… His charity involvement includes The Queen of All Saints… His favorite former teammate not currently with the Hurricanes is Mike Commodore… The places where he spends the most time other than home and the rink are the Triangle’s golf courses… Chad’s favorite arena is the Bell Centre in Montreal, which is also his favorite road city and favorite team to play against.
Completed his seventh NHL season with the Hurricanes… Was third on the team in goals, matching his career high with 19… Ranked tied for fifth on the team in scoring (32 points)… Netted a career-high five game-winning goals, ranking tied for first among Hurricanes in that category… Was second on the team in hits (131), despite missing 15 games due to injury or illness… The Hurricanes were 12-3-3 when he scored a goal… Scored his first goal of season at NJ (10/10)… Scored two goals vs. TB (11/1)… Had a goal and an assist vs. PIT (11/12)… Totaled two goals and an assist for a season-high three points in a 4-2 win at PHI (11/21)… Scored the game-winner vs. BUF (1/6)… Returned to the lineup after missing six games with an upper-body injury at NYI (1/21)… Netted the game-winning goal vs. STL (3/15)… Scored the game winner for the second time in three games, at WPG (3/18)… Had a goal and an assist at DET (3/24)… Scored a goal vs. MTL (4/5), matching his career high for goals in a season (19, 2008-09)… Games missed due to injury: 13 (Upper Body: 1/10-20, 2/17-3/1)… Games missed due to illness: 2 (2/2-2/4)… Longest goal streak: 3 games (3/6-3/10: 3g, 1a; 3/15-3/18: 3g, 0a)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (10/28-10/29: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (10/28-11/1: 2g, 2a; 3/6-3/10: 3g, 1a; 3/15-3/18: 3g, 0a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (11/1 vs. TB: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 2 (last: 11/21 at PHI: 1g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 6 (last: 3/24 at DET: 1g, 1a).
Is in his eighth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Signed a two-year contract with Carolina on June 29, 2011… Represented the United States at the 2002 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic and the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia… Tallied three points (2g, 1a) in seven games for Team USA at the 2007 Worlds.
1999-00: Played 54 games for Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League, notching 29 goals and 26 assists (55 points) and 28 penalty minutes.
2000-01: Split the season between Sioux Falls of the USHL and Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)… Had 33 points (11g, 22a) in 24 games with Sioux Falls before joining Plymouth… Scored 18 goals and had seven assists (25 points) in 32 regular season games for Plymouth…Ranked second among Whalers skaters with 10 goals, tied for third with 20 points and fourth with 10 assists while playing in all 19 of Plymouth’s 2001 postseason contests.
2001-02: Led the Whalers with 32 goals, ranked second on the team with 59 points and tied for fourth on the team with 27 assists in the regular season… Represented the OHL West team at the Canadian Hockey League All-Star Game Series… Tied for first on Plymouth with three goals and ranked second on the team with four assists and seven points in the Whalers’ six 2002 playoff contests.
2002-03: Represented the United States at the 2002 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic and scored two goals and earned two assists (4 points) in Team USA’s seven games… Led all Plymouth skaters with 61 goals and 56 assists (117 points) in 2002-03, ranking him tied for second in the OHL in goal scoring, third in points and ninth in assists… Represented the OHL West team at the Canadian Hockey League All-Star Game Series for the second consecutive season.
2003-04: Split his first professional season between Lowell (AHL) and Florida (ECHL)… Recorded seven goals and nine assists (16 points) in 36 AHL games… Scored 16 goals and had 19 assists (35 points) in 41 ECHL games… Played in 14 Kelly Cup Playoff games with Florida, notching three goals and four assists (7 points) while accumulating 20 penalty minutes.
2004-05: Spent the entire season in Lowell, and ranked fifth on the Lock Monsters in scoring with 42 points (20g, 22a) in 66 games… Led team with 10 power-play goals, falling one short of the franchise single-season record… Notched three hat tricks, the only Lowell player to score three goals in a game (11/21, 2/5, 4/17)… Had a Lowell season-high four points (3g, 1a) vs. Hartford (4/17)… Lock Monsters were 22-7-0-3 when he recorded at least one point… Was Lowell’s fourth-leading scorer during the Calder Cup Playoffs, tallying eight points (3g, 5a) in 11 postseason contests.
2005-06: Was third among Carolina forwards in plus/minus for the season (+7)… Made his NHL debut and was (-1) in 13:32 of ice time at ANA (12/6)… Earned his first NHL point an assist on Erik Cole’s goal and took his first NHL penalty at LA (12/8)… Beat Martin Brodeur for his first NHL goal at 1:59 of the third period vs. NJ (12/17)… Had a career-high 17 penalty minutes when he scrapped with Karl Stewart vs. ATL (1/4)… Led Lowell (AHL) with 14 goals and ranked second with 25 points in 23 games with the Lock Monsters prior to his 12/5 recall… Had a season-high three goals and five points in Lowell’s 7-6 win at Portland (11/26)… Played in 21 of Carolina’s 25 playoff games to capture his first Stanley Cup… Made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. MTL (4/22)…Earned his first NHL playoff point with the primary assist on the Justin Williams’ shorthanded goal in Game 1 vs. EDM (6/5).
2006-07: Matched his then-career-high in assists (12)… Ranked fourth on the team in shorthanded points with four (2g, 2a) and tied for the team lead in shorthanded goals (2)… Scored his first NHL shorthanded goal vs. PIT (11/11)… Played in his 100th career NHL game vs. TOR (1/30)… Notched his first career multi-goal game at NJ (3/17).
2007-08: Was tied for the team lead in shorthanded points (2) and led all Hurricanes forwards in plus/minus (+6) despite playing in only 58 of Carolina’s 82 games… Returned to action after missing three games with a concussion and netted his first career penalty-shot goal, a shorthanded tally on Tim Thomas, vs. BOS (12/28)… Suffered a broken leg at NSH (2/5)… Had points in four of the team’s final five games (3/28-4/4: 4g, 2a) after missing 21 games with a broken leg… Earned his first career hat trick vs. TB (4/2).
2008-09: Established career-highs in games played (81), goals (19) and points (31)… Ranked tied for first on the team in shorthanded goals (2) and second in shorthanded points (4)… Was tied for third among Hurricanes in games played (81)… Was fifth on the team in goals (19) and sixth in plus/minus (+6)… Played his 200th NHL/Hurricanes game at WSH (11/6)… Established new career-high for goals in a season with a shorthanded tally at PHX (2/7)… Skated in all 18 of Carolina’s playoff games… Ranked tied for second on the team in playoff scoring (11 points) and was third among Hurricanes in playoff assists (7)… Beat Martin Brodeur for his first NHL playoff goal in Game 3 vs. NJ (4/19)… Earned his first career playoff multi-point game with a pair of assists in Game 6 vs. NJ (4/26).
2009-10: Established a career, single-season high for assists (17), despite missing 26 games due to injury… Returned to action after missing 17 games with a lower-body injury and netted a goal on Chad LaRose bobblehead night vs. TB (1/18)… Skated in his 300th career NHL game vs. BOS (1/24)… Had 18 points (8g, 10a) and was (+13) in the final 21 games of the season after missing seven games with an upper-body injury… Scored a goal vs. WSH (3/18) for his 100th career NHL point… Netted the game-winner in the shootout – his first career shootout attempt – vs. WSH (3/25)… Earned a career-high four points with two goals and two assists vs. MTL (4/8).
2010-11: Ranked sixth on the team in goals (16), skating in a career-high 82 games… Ranked fourth on the team in hits (196)… Matched his career high with four points (2g, 2a) and was (+4) vs. OTT (11/17)… Surpassed 200 career penalty minutes vs. NJ (2/19)… Played his 400th career NHL game at WSH (3/29).