Jason Chimera's path to the NHL saw the Edmonton native, born May 2, 1979, play his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings, followed by half a season with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
After being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with their fifth pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Chimera waited for his shot with the parent NHL club by spending three seasons with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. In 2001-2002, Chimera was named to the league's First All-Star Team after leading Hamilton in scoring with 77 points (26-51-77.
Coming off a solid season in the AHL, Chimera became a regular with the Oilers in 2002-03. Following a lock-out year in 2004-05, Chimera was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the early stages of the 2005-06 season after being acquired previously by the Phoenix Coyotes.
On the international stage, Chimera represented Canada at the 1999, 2007 and 2008 World Championships.
Chimera was traded to the Washington Capitals on December 28, 2009 for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina