NHL PLAYER, Ben Chiarot
Born May 09, 1991 -- Hamilton, Ontario
Selected by Winnipeg Jets round 4 #120 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Ben Chiarot (born May 9, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing under contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Chiarot played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Guelph Storm, Sudbury Wolves, and Saginaw Spirit. He was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 4th round (120th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and made his professional debut in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves during the 2009–10 season. On March 16, 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers signed Chiarot to an entry level contract. On July 23, 2014, Chiarot signed a two-way deal, worth $600,000 with the Jets, after a strong campaign with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League. Chiarot scored his first NHL goal on January 3, 2015, in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On June 18, 2015, the Winnipeg Jets resigned Chiarot to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension.
On June 24, 2017, the Jets re-signed Chiarot to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension with an annual average of $1.4 million.
After spending the first 8 seasons of his professional career within the Thrashers/Jets franchise, Chiarot left as a free agent following the 2018–19 season to a sign a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 4, 2019. Later, on October 9th, 2019, Chiarot scored his first goal with Montreal in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Chiarot has huge night in Habs’ win February 21, 2020
Ben Chiarot was named the first star of the game last night, guiding the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 defeat of the Washington Capitals. The 28-year-old defenseman played a key role in the Habs’ win, tallying two goals -- including the overtime game-winner – along with 4 shots on net, 4 hits and 3 blocked shots in a game-high, 28:05 of ice-time. Through 61 games, the Hamilton, Ontario-native has already set new career-highs in both goals (9) and game-winning goals (3).
For more on Chiarot and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.