Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Chris Bigras
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 02/22/1995
AGE: 21
DRAFTED: COL: 2013-32 overall
2014-15: Named to the Ontario Hockey League’s First All-Star Team…Finished second among OHL defensemen in scoring with 71 points (20g/51a) in 62 games for Owen Sound…Ranked first among Owen Sound defensemen in all three scoring categories and led the entire team in assists…Scored 12 power-play goals, ranking second on the club and tied for first among OHL blueliners…Led Owen Sound and finished tied for sixth in the OHL with six game-winning goals…Scored two overtime goals, sharing the league lead in that category…Added three points (1g/2a) in five playoff games during the Attack’s first-round series loss to Guelph…Signed an amateur tryout contract with Lake Erie (AHL) on April 7 and made his professional debut that night at the Chicago Wolves…Appeared in seven games overall for the Monsters, recording four assists (0g/4a)…Registered an assist on April 9 vs. Rochester for his first professional point…Was named the second-best “Offensive Defenseman” and second-best “Defensive Defenseman” in the OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll…Also finished second in voting for the “Smartest Player” by the Western Conference coaches….Finished the season as the highest scoring defenseman in Owen Sound history with 155 points (35g/120a) in 234 career games…Reached 100 career OHL points on Nov. 8 vs. Windsor…Played in both games for Team OHL in the CHL Subway Series vs. the Russian National Junior Team on Nov. 13 and 17…Was named the OHL Defenseman of the Month for December after collecting 13 points (4g/9a) in six games during the month…Was named the OHL Player of the Week for Dec. 15-21 after recording seven points (2g/5a) in two games, which included a five-point night (2g/3a) on Dec. 17 vs. Plymouth…Registered two assists on Jan. 31 vs. Sudbury for 103 career helpers, breaking Jeremy Rebak’s franchise record for assists by a blueliner…With a pair of assists on Feb. 19 at Barrie, Bigras became Owen Sound’s all-time points leader among defensemen with his 143rd point, passing Bobby Sanguinetti…Prior to the season, was invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in Quebec in August and took part in the team’s Selection Camp in December.

2013-14: Appeared in 55 games for Owen Sound (OHL) and finished second among team defensemen with 26 points (4g/22a)…Added three points (1g/2a) in five playoff games for Owen Sound, tying him for second on the club in scoring…Was named the “Best Defensive Defenseman” in the OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll…Represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden…Played in all seven games at the world juniors, posting a +2 plus/minus rating while helping Canada to a fourth-place finish…Participated in the Canadian Hockey League’s Subway Super Series vs. Russia in November…Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avalanche prior to the season on Sept. 17, 2013.

2012-13: Led all Owen Sound defensemen with 38 points (8g/30a) while adding a +35 plus/minus rating in 68 games during the 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season…Ranked second on the team in plus/minus, was third in assists (tied) and fifth in points…Was one of three Attack players to appear in all 68 games…Went on to skate in 12 postseason contests for Owen Sound, recording two assists…Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia…Recorded three assists and a +8 rating in seven games at the tournament…Prior to the 2012-13 campaign, Bigras helped lead Canada to the gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August…Was rated by NHL Central Scouting as the sixth-best North American defenseman in its final rankings for the 2013 Draft…Was tabbed as the 14th best North American skater overall.

Recorded 19 points (3g/16a) in 49 games during his first season with Owen Sound and was named the club’s Rookie of the Year and Scholastic Player of the Year…Won a bronze medal with Team Ontario at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Personal: Last name is pronounced bee-GRAH.