Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Higgins
Christopher Higgins was born June 2, 1983 in Smithtown, New York. The first pick, 14th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Higgins is a graduate of Yale University.

Following a successful High School career at Avon Old Farms, Higgins went on to play two seasons of collegiate hockey at Yale University where he captured numerous honours including ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2001-02, ECAC All-Rookie Team in 2001-02, and ECAC Second Team All-Star in 2001-02, Co-winner ECAC Player of the Year in 2003 and NCAA East First All-American Team in 2003.

An offensively gifted forward, Higgins is a two-time member of the United States World Junior Team (2002-2003). In 2003-04, Higgins made his professional debut with the Montreal Canadiens suiting up for two games while spending the majority of his season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Higgins spent another full season in the AHL with the Bulldogs while the NHL lockout took place in 2004-05. However the following season Higgins became a regular in the Hab's line-up, appearing in 80 games, he notched a respectable 38 points in his rookie campaign in the NHL. Over the next two seasons in Montreal, Higgins would continue to produce offensively on a highly skilled Canadiens roster. Having notched over 20 goals in each of his first three seasons, Higgins was named the alternative captain of the Canadiens prior to the Start of the 2007-08 season.

Seemingly always in the headlines in Montreal as possible trade bait, Higgins was finally dealt in the summer of 2009. Along with with Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko and Doug Janik to the New York Rangers for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Michael Busto on June 30, 2009.

On February 2, 2010, Higgins was again traded, this time, along with teammate Ales Kotalik to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

On July 2, 2010, Higgins signed a 1-year contract with the Florida Panthers as an unrestricted free agent, but after just 48 games in Florida, Higgins found himself on the move again. This time dealt to the Vancouver Canucks at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for Evan Oberg and a third round draft pick.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Avon Old Farms High-CT 27 19 20 39 10
2000-01 Avon Old Farms High-CT 24 22 14 36 29
2001-02 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 27 14 17 31 32
2001-02 United States WJC-A 7 4 2 6 6 0
2002-03 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 28 20 21 41 41
2002-03 United States WJC-A 7 3 3 6 4 +5
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 21 27 48 18 10 3 2 5 0
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 76 28 23 51 33 +9 4 3 3 6 4
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 23 15 38 26 -1 6 1 3 4 0
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 22 16 38 26 -11
2007-08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 27 25 52 22 0 12 3 2 5 2
2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 12 11 23 22 -1 4 2 0 2 2
2008-09 United States WC-A 6 1 0 1 2 +3
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 55 6 8 14 32 -9
2009-10 Calgary Flames NHL 12 2 1 3 0 0
2010-11 Florida Panthers NHL 48 11 12 23 10 +5
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 2 3 5 6 0 25 4 4 8 2
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 18 25 43 16 +11 5 0 0 0 2
2012-13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 10 5 15 10 -4 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 523 133 121 254 170 56 10 9 19 8


ECAC All-Rookie Team (2002)
ECAC Second All-Star Team (2002)
ECAC Rookie of the Year (2002) ECAC First All-Star Team (2003) ECAC Player of the Year (2003) (co-winner - David LeNeveu)
NCAA East First All-American Team (2003)
Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto, June 30, 2009. Traded to Calgary by NY Rangers with Ales Kotalik for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust, February 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 2, 2010. Traded to Vancouver by Florida for Evan Oberg and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (later traded back to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Cole Cassels) in 2013 Entry Draft, February 28, 2011.