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.