Chris Kunitz Biography

( 1979 - )
May 13, 2018
First published on:May 13, 2018
by ame

Facts of Chris Kunitz

Date of Birth: 1979, September 26
Age: 40 years old
Birth Nation: Canada
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Name Christopher Kunitz
Birth Place Regina Canada
Famous Name Chris Kunitz
Father Marvin Kunitz
Mother Penny Kunitz
Net Worth $14 million
Salary $2 million
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity Canadian
Currently Married july 2008
Married to Maureen Pfeiffer
Children Zachary James, Payton Marie and Aubrey Ann

Christopher Kunitz popular as Chris Kunitz is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger playing for Tampa Bay Lightning of National Hockey League (NHL). He is the 2014 Olympics gold medalist with Team Canada.

He previously played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks, from where he won his first Stanley Cup in 2007. He also played for Pittsburgh Penguins where he won his second, third and fourth Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

Early life

Chris was born on September 26, 1979, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated from Michael A. Riffel High school in southern Regina in 1997.

He brought the Stanley Cup back to Riffel in July 2007. He also took the Stanley Cup to his college town (Big Rapids, Michigan) the same day. Kunitz brought the trophy back to Regina on August 11, 2009.

College and junior

Kunitz with Melville Millionaires played Junior A in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for two seasons. He joined the NCAA college ranks with the Ferris State Bulldogs in 1999-00.

He was on the nomination for the Hobey Baker Award in 2003 after a 79-point campaign in the senior year. He was part of the first Ferris state team to make an NCAA tournament appearance.

Professional career 

On April 1, 2003, he was signed as an undrafted agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Between Anaheim and their American Hockey League (AHL), he split his professional rookie season. Later in 2005-6, he was picked up on waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers after spending the 2004-05 NHL lock-out.

He was reclaimed by the Ducks off waivers and went on to play 67 games. He scored 19 goals and adding 22 assists for 41 points, surpassing Paul Kariya’s club record of 39-points.

In the 2006-07 NHL season, Kunitz improved to 25 goals and 60 points. In 2007-08, Kunitz was named the alternate captain, his first time with the ducks and professional career. In 2009 playoffs he recorded 1 goal and 13 assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, giving Kunitz his second Stanley Cup. He was also a regular team member along with  Evgeni Malkin and/or Sidney Crosby.

In the 2017 finals against Nashville Predators, penguins defeated them in the six games successfully defending the Stanley Cup. Kunitz is the only player still playing in NHL to have won the Stanley Cup four times.

Kunitz signed a one-year $2 million contract with Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1, 2017, leaving Penguins. Kunitz wears the #14 which he wore previously with the Penguins and the ducks.

Kunitz was in a controversy for his action against Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson recently. He pulled the head of Wilson and brought to the ground catching the strip of the helmet that Wilson was wearing.

International play

Kunitz made his international hockey debut for Team Canada at the 2008 World Hockey Championships.  He helped Canada win a silver medal contributing 7 points in 9 games. He was included in the 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey team on January 7, 2014.

Personal life

Kunitz earned his degree from Ferris State in marketing and business. He was a fan of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers while still in high school.

Chris is married to Chicago-native Maureen Pfeiffer in July 2008. The two are blessed with three children. Their first child Zachary James was born on April 15, 2009, and two years later they had their second child, Payton Marie on April 5, 2011. They welcomed their third child Aubrey Ann on January 26, 2014.

Salary and Net worth of Chris Kunitz

The 38 years old Canadian player's salary in 2017-18 is estimated to be around $2 million and also will make $1 million more in bonus. He has so far earned $35 million from his salary. In his first NHL season with Ducks, he was paid $962,500 with the 2-year contract worth $2.1 million.

Kunitz contract extension with the club saw the pay rise to $14.9 million for 4 years. He then spent 5 seasons with Penguins where he was paid $19 million in total. 

His current net worth is estimated to be $14 million.

Kunitz owns a house in Orange, California.

 

 

 


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