Thursday, April 13, 2017
My interview with Jason Chimera
Jason Chimera has had a long NHL career. Most players do not play until they're 37, and Chimera is 37, and can still play for a few more seasons. Probably the biggest reason why Chimera stayed in the league is his speed. He's one of the fastest players in the NHL. The Edmonton, Alberta native was drafted 121st overall (5th round) of the 1997 NHL draft by his hometown Edmonton Oilers. In four seasons with the Oilers (2 full), Chimera scored 36 points (19 goals and 17 assists) in 130 games. He was then traded to the Phoenix Coyotes (now the Arizona Coyotes) for draft picks. The lockout occurred that season. Chimera was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Geoff Sanderson. Chimera spent 5 seasons there, with 136 points (62 goals and 74 assists) in 331 games. The Jackets traded him to the Washington Capitals for Chris Clark and Milan Juncina. Chimera played 7 seasons there, with 197 points (82 goals and 115 assists) in 490 games. In 2016, he signed with the New York Islanders to a 2 year, $4.5 million deal. In one season with the Isles, Chimera scored 33 points (20 goals and 13 assists) in all 82 games. Altogether, he has 402 points (183 goals and 219 assists) in 1033 games.
At his teammate Anders Lee's Kan Jam event, I was able to catch up with Jason. Here's the questions I asked him.
Me: "How did the team change from December to April?"
Chimera: "We weren't playing really well. Then everyone got together and decided that we needed to start doing things differently. Everyone started scoring, and it was good.
M: "Was it tough to sign with the Islanders after playing for their rivals, the Capitals?"
C: "I have two kids, so I think it's tough when you get a chance to change teams, there's an all new team, an all new place to live, all that stuff. So getting all those things settled is pretty hard. All of the guys on our team are really good dudes, all really good guys. They made it really easy for me."
M: "What do you think of this event Anders Lee is running?"
C: "I think it's huge. It shows support for those people, it shows support for those kids. It's not only kids, it's other people. It's nice for Anders [Lee] to have this, to raise money for kids, and all kinds of stuff. So it's nice for him to do that.