Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015, Chris Pronger was one of the most intimidating, physical Defenseman, while at the same time having incredible vision, and playmaking ability.
From Dryden, Ontario Pronger was drafted second overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. Coming off of two seasons in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes where he recorded 62, and 77 points respectively.
In 1993 the 6′ 6″ Defenseman was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy as best Defenseman in the OHL, the CHL plus/minus award, the CHL best Defenseman award, as well as being chosen to the OHL First All-Star Team; extremely impressive for an NHL prospect looking to be drafted.
As a rookie in 1994 with the Hartford Whalers, Pronger recorded 30 points, along with 113 penalty minutes.
After two seasons in Hartford, the Dryden native would spend the next nine seasons in St. Louis where he had his best season statistically recording 62 points in 79 games played, which led to him being awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, and Norris Trophy; this was the first time a Defenseman had won the Hart Memorial Trophy since Bobby Orr did in 1972.
The six time All-Star had ten seasons with over 40 points, five seasons with over 50 points, and seven seasons with at least 100 penalty minutes. On top of this Pronger made three Stanley Cup Finals appearances with three separate teams (Edmonton, Anaheim, Philadelphia), winning with Anaheim in 2007.
Internationally, his resume simply doubles.
Representing Canada, Chris Pronger was a consistent staple of any successful Team Canada for decades.
Starting in 1993 he won a gold medal in the World Junior Championships, in 1997 his team finished first in the World Cup, then finally add to everything Olympic gold medals in 2002, and 2010.
Despite achieving all this success, and level of consistency year in, year out, he still faced criticism from numerous people due to being suspended eight different times throughout his NHL career.
Being a hard nosed Defenseman at 6′ 6″ 220 pounds, suspensions are bound to happen and should not have affected how people viewed him as a hockey player.
Chris Pronger born in Dryden, Ontario, drafted second overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL Draft from the Peterborough Petes, Hart Memorial Trophy Winner, Norris Trophy winner, six time all-star, Stanley Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist, Hockey Hall of Famer.
Can not achieve much more than that.
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