Jakob Chychrun
Jakob Chychrun.jpg
Born March 31 1998 (1998-03-31) (age 22),
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2016
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career 2016–present

Jakob Chychrun (born March 31, 1998) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] Chychrun was drafted by the Coyotes with the 16th pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Minor hockeyEdit

Chychrun started playing hockey in his home state of Florida with the Junior Everblades and the Florida Jr. Panthers organizations. When Chychrun was thirteen, he joined the Little Caesars hockey organization in Detroit, Michigan where he played very well during his major bantam season. At the time, he continued living and practicing in Florida, travelling to Michigan on the weekends to play. The following season he remained with Little Caesars, playing for their U16 team.[2]

In 2013, Chychrun was drafted by the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL draft. USA Hockey had implemented a rule requiring fifteen-year-old players to receive a special exemption to play junior hockey. Chychrun applied for one but was denied.[3] Instead, Chychrun moved to Toronto and played his minor midget season for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

Major juniorEdit

Chychrun was selected first overall by the Sarnia Sting in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.[4][5] He had a strong rookie season for the Sting and at the end of the season was nominated for the Emms Family Award for outstanding rookie; the Max Kaminsky Trophy for defenseman of the year; and the Red Tilson Trophy for OHL Player of the Year.

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Chychrun was highly regarded by scouts and was considered one of the top defensemen available.[6] He was drafted by Arizona in the first round, sixteenth overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. This was far lower than expected; prior to the start of the 2015–16 NHL season, Chychrun was regarded as a top three selection.[1]


On July 30, 2016 Chychrun signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes.[7] He scored his first goal on October 20, 2016 against Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.[8] After a month with the Coyotes, it was announced that Chychrun would remain with the team for the rest of the season.[1]

International playEdit

Chychrun competed with Team Ontario at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he scored four points in five games.[9] He was the first minor midget player to have played for Team Ontario at the tournament.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the son of Jeff Chychrun and nephew of Luke Richardson, both of whom are former National Hockey League defensemen.[11] He is of Ukrainian descent.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 29 16 27 43 28 14 5 8 13 16
2014–15 Sarnia Sting OHL 42 16 17 33 37
2015–16 Sarnia Sting OHL 62 11 38 49 51 7 2 6 8 8
2016-17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 68 7 13 20 47
NHL totals 68 7 13 20 47


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 1 3 4 4
2016 Canada WJC18 4th 7 1 3 4 8
Junior totals 12 2 6 8 12

Awards and honoursEdit

Honours Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge (Team Ontario) 2014 [13]
Jack Ferguson Award 2014 [14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kennedy, Ryan (November 3, 2016). Jakob Chychrun is Sticking with the Coyotes. The Hockey News. Retrieved on November 3, 2016.
  2. Vo, Chau (October 31, 2014). Beyond Tomorrow: Sting’s Chychrun joins a growing list of exceptional players from Florida. Retrieved on May 31, 2015.
  3. Gerster, Jane. "Top hockey prospect Jakob Chychrun shooting for the top", Toronto Star, December 20, 2013. 
  4. Sting take Chychrun first overall | Sarnia Observer. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  5. Sarnia Sting confirm Jakob Chychrun as OHL’s No. 1 overall pick | Buzzing The Net – Yahoo Sports Canada. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  6. Dubois jumps to top of draft rankings.
  7. Jakob Chychrun signs entry-level deal with Coyotes – (en-US).
  8. "Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun: Nets first goal of career". 
  9. Sarnia to select Chychrun first overall in OHL Draft. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  10. Heliotis, Andrew (February 7, 2014). He’s quickly becoming hockey’s Next One. Retrieved on May 31, 2015.
  11. – Sting Select Chychrun First Overall. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  12. "Jakob Chychrun named Sarnia Sting alternate captain despite being 16-year-old rookie". Retrieved on April 20, 2016. ““It's definitely a common mistake,” he said of his Ukrainian name. “I've heard everything from Chiich-rin to Shysh-rin, just everything.” 
  13. Ontario's 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge Roster Announced. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  14. OHL Network – Official Page of the OHL Priority Selection: Jack Ferguson Award. Retrieved on April 6, 2014.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Travis Konecny
Jack Ferguson Award
Succeeded by
David Levin
Preceded by
Clayton Keller
Arizona Coyotes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
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