Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Bala
Chris Bala was born September 24, 1978 in Alexandria, Virginia. The 2nd round choice, 58th overall selection of the Ottawa Senators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Bala is a graduate of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference's Harvard Crimson Tide.

The Alexandria, Virginia native spent four seasons at the University of Harvard finishing with 99 points (45 goals, 54 assists) in 123 games earning ECAC All-Rookie Team honours in 1997-98.

A member of Team USA at the 1995 Under-17 Pacific Cup, Bala, known as an excellent skater with an effortless stride and fierce competitiveness, joined the Sens AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids for the 2001-02 season.

In his first year of professional hockey, Bala finished with 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) in 70 games, sharing the team lead in goals with 21 while playing in six games with the Senators. Bala returned to the AHL for the 2002-03 season with the Binghamton Senators.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 The Hill School High-PA 23 28 33 61 36
1997-98 Harvard Crimson ECAC 33 16 14 30 23
1998-99 Harvard Crimson ECAC 28 5 10 15 16
1999-00 Harvard Crimson ECAC 30 10 14 24 18
2000-01 Harvard Crimson ECAC 32 14 16 30 24
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 6 0 1 1 0 +1
2001-02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 21 16 37 9 +11 4 0 1 1 0
2002-03 Binghamton Senators AHL 51 6 18 24 20 -1 14 2 5 7 4
2003-04 Houston Aeros AHL 61 11 7 18 18 -6
2003-04 Hershey Bears AHL 13 4 2 6 0 +1
2004-05 Hershey Bears AHL 58 9 5 14 17 -23
2005-06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 1 0 1 0 +1
2005-06 Reading Royals ECHL 46 17 26 43 27 +4 4 3 1 4 0
2005-06 Hershey Bears AHL 8 0 2 2 6 0
2006-07 Reading Royals ECHL 58 19 28 47 28 0
2007-08 Reading Royals ECHL 4 0 1 1 2 0
2008-09 Reading Royals ECHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
NHL Totals 6 0 1 1 0


Traded to Nashville by Ottawa for Peter Smrek, June 26, 2003. Traded to Minnesota by Nashville for Curtis Murphy, June 26, 2003. Traded to Colorado by Minnesota for Jordan Krestanovich, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Reading (ECHL), September 29, 2005. Signed to a PTO (tryout) contract by Milwaukee (AHL), October 10, 2005. Loaned to Hershey (AHL) by Reading (ECHL) for cash, November 2, 2005.