On July 8, 1980, the day of Eric Chouinard's birth, his father was busy packing up the household, ready to make the move from Atlanta to Calgary. Eric's Dad, Guy Chouinard, was a star with the NHL's Atlanta Flames, and when the franchise relocated to Calgary that summer, Guy was part of the franchise's move. Eric, in the meantime, grew up big and strong, and today, packs 205 pounds on a 6'3" frame.
While starring with the Quebec Remparts between 1997 and 2000 (the same team, incidentally, with which his father starred between 1971-74), Eric was the first round Entry Draft selection of the Montreal Canadiens in 1998. In 2000-2001, Chouinard made his NHL debut, scoring a goal and 3 assists in his 13 games with les Canadiens, but spent the rest of the season with the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL.
In 2002-03, Chouinard was picked up by the Phildelphia Flyers before being acquired by the Minnesota Wild in December, 2003. After only one season with the Wild organization Chouinard opted to play overseas during the 2004-05 season before being re-acquired by the Flyers in the summer of 2005. Upon his return to the Flyers organization, Chouinard continued to toil in the AHL before being acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the 2005-06 season.
On the international stage, Chouinard represented Canada at the World Junior Championships (1999-2000).