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Jason Chimera
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Edmonton Oilers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 2 1979 (1979-05-02) (age 41),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 121st overall, 1997
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1999 – present

Jason Chimera (born May 2, 1979 in Edmonton, Alberta), is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Pre-NHL

Chimera played his junior career in the WHL, for Medicine Hat and Brandon. He was selected 121st overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers, mostly because of his outstanding skating. Chimera played three seasons on the Hamilton Bulldogs, which at that point was the Oilers' farm team in the American Hockey League. In his final season, he was named to the AHL First All-Star team.

NHL

Chimera played two seasons for Edmonton before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for draft choices. Because of the NHL lockout, he did not play the following season and went to Italy in the A.S. Mastini Varese Hockey. Chimera was subsequently dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets, without playing a game in Phoenix, as part of a trade for Geoff Sanderson.

With the Blue Jackets, Chimera has predominantly played left wing on the team's third line. He has overwhelmingly been centered by Manny Malhotra, and has spent significant time playing alongside right wingers such as Dan Fritsche and Trevor Letowski. However, Chimera began the 2008–09 season as the veteran presence on a line with rookies Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek.

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4–2 win against Finland in Moscow.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 71 16 23 39 64 4 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 34 32 66 93 -- -- -- -- --
1997–98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 4 0 0 0 8 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 37 18 22 40 84 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 21 14 12 26 32 5 4 1 5 8
1999–00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 15 13 28 77 10 0 2 2 12
2000–01 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 29 25 54 93 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 29 25 54 93 15 4 6 10 10
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 14 9 23 36 2 0 2 2 0
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 4 8 12 57 -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 A.S. Mastini Varese Italy 15 7 3 10 34 5 2 1 3 31
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 17 13 30 95 -- -- -- -- --
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 15 21 36 91 -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 14 17 31 98 -- -- -- -- --
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 49 8 14 22 41 4 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 422 73 82 155 418 6 0 3 3 2

International play

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2007 Moscow Ice hockey
Silver 2008 Halifax Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 1999 Winnipeg Ice hockey

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC 7 2 2 4 2
2007 Canada WC 9 1 5 6 8
2008 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 6
Junior int'l totals 7 2 2 4 2
Senior int'l totals 18 1 7 8 14
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