Blair Atcheynum

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Blair Atcheynum
Born (1969-04-20) April 20, 1969 (age 49)
Estevan, SK
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Ottawa Senators
Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 1989
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1989–2001

Blair Michael Atcheynum (born April 20, 1969) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger. He played a career total of 196 regular season games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks. He is of Cree First Nation descent.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Before playing in the NHL, Atcheynum played for the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and with the Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos, and Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

He was drafted 52nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. However, he never played a game for the Whalers and he was claimed by the new Ottawa Senators in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft.[2] Atcheynum spent most of his professional hockey career playing for the minor leagues. He made his NHL debut with the Senators in the 1992–93 season and played 3 games with them. He spent most of that season playing for the Senators' AHL-affiliate, the New Haven Senators.

On September 15, 1997, Atcheynum became a free agent and signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues.[2] When he was with St. Louis, he mainly played on a line referred to as the "CPA Line" along with Craig Conroy and Scott Pellerin.[3]

He played 1 season with the Blues and he was claimed by the newly formed Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.[2] He would play 53 games with the Predators before he was traded back to the St. Louis Blues for St. Louis' 6th round choice (Zbynek Irgl) in 2000 NHL Entry Draft on March 23, 1999.[2]

On September 30, 1999, he became a free agent and he signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. He played 66 games for the Blackhawks between 1999 and 2001. He retired from playing professional ice hockey in 2001.

On August 19, 2011, Atcheynum was inducted into the Moose Jaw Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame.[4]

He is currently an assistant coach with the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.[5]

Career statistics[change | change source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Battlefords North Stars SJHL 33 16 14 30 41 6 2 0 2 6
1985–86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 19 1 4 5 22
1986–87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 21 0 4 4 4
1986–87 Swift Current Broncos WHL 5 2 1 3 0
1986–87 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 12 3 0 3 2
1987–88 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 60 32 16 48 52
1988–89 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 71 70 68 138 70 7 2 5 7 13
1989–90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 78 20 21 41 45
1990–91 Springfield Indians AHL 72 25 27 52 42 13 0 6 6 6
1991–92 Springfield Indians AHL 62 16 21 37 64 6 1 1 2 2
1992–93 New Haven Senators AHL 51 16 18 34 47
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1993–94 Columbus Chill ECHL 16 15 12 27 10
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Springfield Indians AHL 40 18 22 40 13 6 0 2 2 0
1994–95 Minnesota Moose IHL 17 4 6 10 7
1994–95 Worcester IceCats AHL 55 17 29 46 26
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 79 30 42 72 65
1996–97 Hershey Bears AHL 77 42 45 87 57 13 6 11 17 6
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 11 15 26 10 10 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 53 8 6 14 16
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 2 2 4 2 13 1 3 4 6
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 5 7 12 6
2000–01 Chicago Wolves IHL 7 1 0 1 0
2000–01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 37 12 8 20 16 4 0 0 0 6
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 1 2 3 2
NHL totals 196 27 33 60 36 23 1 3 4 8

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Native American Sports Experience". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Blair Atcheynum - Notes". NHL. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  3. "Blues' Conroy Checks For Success". CBS News. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  4. "Atcheynum and Kletzel to Highlight Alumni Weekend". Moose Jaw Warriors. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  5. "Battlefords North Stars Staff". Battlefords North Stars. Retrieved 2014-10-21.

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