Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jonathan Cheechoo
Jonathan Cheechoo was born July 15, 1980 in Moose Factory, Ontario. The second round, 29th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Cheechoo is a graduate of the OHL's Belleville Bulls.

The Moose Factory, Ontario native spent three seasons in Belleville where he was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 1998 and saw his offensive production increase with each season. Instrumental in leading his team to the 1999 OHL Championship, Cheechoo finished his three year career in Belleville with 111 goals and 138 assists for 249 points.

In 2000-01, Cheechoo joined the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades and went on to finish tied for 5th in AHL scoring (32-34-66) and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. The only member of the Moose Cree First Nations to sign an NHL contract, Cheechoo joined the AHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks the following season where for a second consecutive year he was named to the Canadian All-Star Team for the AHL Mid-Season Classic.

Following two strong seasons in the AHL, Cheechoo became a permanent fixture with San Jose in 2002-03. In his first full NHL season, the Moose Factory native saw action in 66 games registering 16 points (9-7-16), before more than doubling his point total in 2003-04, with 47 points (28-19-47).

Following a lock out year, Cheechoo exploded offensively tallying a career high 93 points (56 goals, 37 assists) in the 2005-06 NHL Regular Season. His 56 goals led the NHL as the young forward captured the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy awarded to the player in the NHL with the most goals in a single season.

In the summer of 2009, Cheechoo was sent to the Ottawa Senators as part of a package that saw the Sharks acquire winger Dany Heatley.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Kitchener Dutchmen ON-Jr.B 43 35 41 76 33
1997-98 Belleville Bulls OHL 64 31 45 76 62 10 4 2 6 10
1998-99 Belleville Bulls OHL 63 35 47 82 74 +23 21 15 15 30 27
1998-99 Belleville Bulls M-Cup 2 2 0 2 0
1999-00 Belleville Bulls OHL 66 45 46 91 102 +25 16 5 12 17 16
2000-01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 75 32 34 66 63 +16 3 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 53 21 25 46 54 -6
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 9 7 16 39 -5
2002-03 Cleveland Barons AHL 9 3 4 7 16 0
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 28 19 47 33 +5 17 4 6 10 10
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 20 5 0 5 10
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 56 37 93 58 +23 11 4 5 9 8
2006-07 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 37 32 69 69 +11 11 3 3 6 6
2007-08 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 23 14 37 46 +11 13 4 4 8 4
2008-09 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 12 17 29 59 -3 6 1 1 2 4
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 61 5 9 14 20 -13 1 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Binghamton Senators AHL 25 8 6 14 37 -7
2010-11 Worcester Sharks AHL 55 18 29 47 14 -11
2011-12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 70 25 31 56 24 +3
2012-13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 35 13 19 32 16 +6 17 3 9 12 8
NHL Totals 501 170 135 305 324 59 16 19 35 32


OHL All-Rookie Team (1998) AHL All-Rookie Team (2001) Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007) Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), December 21, 2004. Traded to Ottawa by San Jose with Milan Michalek and San Jose's 2nd round choice (later traded to NY Islanders, later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Kent Simpson) in 2010 Entry Draft for Dany Heatley and Ottawa's 5th round choice (Isaac MacLeod) in 2010 Entry Draft, September 12, 2009. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Worcester (AHL), October 6, 2010. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 13, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Oklahoma City (AHL), January 20, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Zagreb (KHL), July 9, 2013.