Blues pick up Cheechoo

Blues pick up Cheechoo

ST. LOUIS, July 13 (UPI) -- Veteran right-winger Jonathan Cheechoo has signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
NHL: Ottawa 5, Boston 1

NHL: Ottawa 5, Boston 1

BOSTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Daniel Alfredsson's hat trick powered Ottawa to a 5-1 victory over Boston Monday, the Bruins' fifth loss in six games.

NHL: Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)

OTTAWA, Quebec, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Jason Spezza's shootout goal Tuesday lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
NHL: Anaheim 3, San Jose 2

NHL: Anaheim 3, San Jose 2

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 20 (UPI) -- Jonas Hiller made 42 saves on 44 shots Sunday to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over San Jose and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

NHL: San Jose 3, Anaheim 2

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 5 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo's power-play goal with 6:41 remaining Sunday lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

NHL: San Jose 2, Calgary 1

CALGARY, Alberta, March 31 (UPI) -- Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots and Dany Boyle and Jonathan Cheechoo scored goals Monday to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over Calgary.

NHL: San Jose 3, Nashville 2 (SO)

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the third round of the shootout Thursday night, giving the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over Nashville.

NHL: Phoenix 4, San Jose 3

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 18 (UPI) -- Shane Doan's power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the game Tuesday handed Phoenix a 4-3 win over San Jose.

NHL: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1 (SO)

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 15 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the seventh round of the shootout Saturday night and the San Jose Sharks beat Los Angeles 2-1.

NHL: San Jose 3, Atlanta 1

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo scored the game-winner Saturday in a three-goal third period that lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Flames.

NHL: New Jersey 6, San Jose 5

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Dave Clarkson's second goal of the game with 3:32 to play Sunday turned out to be the winner for the New Jersey Devils in a 6-5 decision over San Jose.

NHL: San Jose 5, N.Y. Islanders 3

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Mike Grier had two goals and Jonathan Cheechoo had three assists Saturday night in the San Jose Sharks' 5-3 win over the New York Islanders.

NHL: San Jose 3, Dallas 1

DALLAS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots Monday when the San Jose Sharks posted a 3-1 win over Dallas Stars.

Boyle's OT tally lifts Sharks over Flyers

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Dan Boyle scored 1:25 into overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday in San Jose, Calif.

NHL: San Jose 5, Columbus 2

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The San Jose Sharks, led by Patrick Marleau's two goals, remained unbeaten in the new season with a 5-2 win Tuesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Jonathan Cheechoo
Atlanta Thrashers Ilya Kovalchuk (left), of Russia and San Jose Sharks Jonathan Cheechoo skate close in the second period at Philips Arena in Atlanta, March 22, 2007. Cheechoo score a hat trick as the Sharkes defeated the Thrashers 5-1. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson) ............................................................

Jonathan Earl Cheechoo (born July 15, 1980 in Moose Factory, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cheechoo was the first member of the Moose Factory Cree First Nation to play in the NHL. During the 2005–06 season, he led the league with 56 goals and gained the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. He was the first San Jose Sharks player and the only First Nations person to win the "Rocket" Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL player with the most goals in a season.

Drafted by the Belleville Bulls of the OHL in the 1997 OHL priority selection, Cheechoo had a reasonably strong rookie year in 1997–1998 with 76 points (31 goals + 45 assists) in 64 games, good for third place on his team. In the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, San Jose sent the 2nd overall pick (David Legwand) to Nashville for the third overall pick (Brad Stuart) and the 29th overall pick, which they used to draft Cheechoo. Most had predicted that Cheechoo would be a later-round pick, and San Jose was criticized for picking a lackluster forward who "skated slower forwards than most players skated backwards" instead of the highly-touted Legwand. Presumably, since Cheechoo started playing hockey at a late age, his skating skills took longer to develop.

Cheechoo joined the Bulls for the 1998–1999 season and finished with 82 points (35 + 47) in 63 games. Taking off in the playoffs, Cheechoo scored 30 points (15 + 15) in 21 games. Five of those goals were scored during Game 7 of the OHL Final against the London Knights, a game the Bulls would win 9–2 to secure their first OHL Championship. Although he was now eligible for AHL assignment, San Jose chose to leave him unsigned. San Jose was patient with Cheechoo, knowing he still had room to improve in the OHL. In the following season, Cheechoo had his best year, tallying a team-high 91 points (45 + 46) in 66 games. Cheechoo added 17 points (5 + 12) in sixteen games during the playoffs. His high goal total hinted at his sniping capabilities, and his statistical improvement mirrored his development. Notably, Cheechoo never played a full season while in juniors because of minor injuries he gained from his crash-and-bang style of play. For development, Cheechoo joined San Jose's AHL affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, in the 2000–2001 season before deciding to give the NHL another go and obtained hockey agent Thayne Campbell.

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