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Christopher Higgins
Christopher Higgins
Left Wing
(HIH-gihns)
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 2, 1983  (Age 31)
Birthplace: Smithtown, NY, United States
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Acquired: Acquired from Montreal along with Ryan McDonagh, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto on June 30, 2009.
Drafted: MTL / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (14th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2008-09: Appeared in 57 games with the Montreal Canadiens, registering 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. ... Tied for second on the team with two shorthanded goals and sixth with 151 shots … Led Montreal in shots (40) during the month of March … Led the Canadiens in goals (five) and shots (40) during the month of November. ... Tallied his first career hat trick on Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa. ... Recorded a season-high, four-game scoring streak from Nov. 1 at Long Island to Nov. 11 against Ottawa, registering six points (four goals and two assists) over the span. ... Tied for the team lead in playoff goals (two), and tied for third in playoff points (two) in four post-season contests. 2007-08: Established career-highs in games played (82), goals (27), assists (25), points (52), power play goals (12), game-winning goals (five), and shots (241) … Led Montreal in shots, tied for second on the team in power play goals and game-winning goals, and ranked third in goals … Led Montreal with 241 shots … Was one of three Montreal players to skate in all 82 regular season games … Surpassed the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season.  2006-07: Led Montreal in shorthanded goals (three) and goals scored on the road (13) … Ranked third on Montreal in goals (22) … Recorded three multi-goal games … Registered four points (one goal and three assists) on Mar. 22 at Boston.  2005-06: Led Montreal in shorthanded goals (three) and shooting percentage (15.5%).

AHL CAREER

2004-05: Led Hamilton in shorthanded goals (four) and goals scored on the road (13) … Earned Player of the Year honors for the Hamilton Bulldogs … Also led the Bulldogs with three playoff goals.  2003-04: Tied for the team lead in playoff goals (three).

COLLEGE CAREER
2002-03: Named Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Co-Player of the Year … Earned NCAA First Team All-American honors … Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, as the top player in college hockey … Led Yale in goals (20) and points (41), and finished second on the team in assists (21).  2001-02: Selected as ECAC Rookie of the Year.

INTERNATIONAL
2002-03: Notched six points (three goals and three assists) in seven games for the United States at the World Junior Championship.  2001-02: Led Team USA in scoring at the World Junior Championship with six points (four goals and two assists).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 22, 2002 – Montreal’s 1st pick, 14th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. June 30, 2009 – Acquired from Montreal along with Ryan McDonagh, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto.