Chuck Kobasew is one of the most famous hockey players ever to play for Lowell. He played for the team when they were still the Lowell Lock Monsters and had not yet been purchased by the New Jersey Devils. Kobasew brought the Lowell Lock Monsters to new heights and became the captain of the team.
Chuck Kobasew was born April 17th 1982 in Osoyoos, British Colombia. He is 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and weighs 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lbs). He is a right handed left winger that was drafted for the NHL as number 14th in 2001. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames. He has played for Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins and is currently playing for the Minnesota Wilds.
Kobasews amateur career started with him playing for the Boston College during the 2000-01 season. He played for them for one year and during that year the team won the National Championship. This was, in no small part, due to Kobasews efforts. The team did however feature a number of other players that was destined for the NHL (National Hockey League) as well.
Kobasew was named MVP at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Frozen Four tournament. He played the season 2001-02 in Kelowna Rockets in the Western hockey league ( a part of the Canadian hockey League). After being drafted by the Calgary Flames he spent a year in the AHL (American Hockey League) team Saint John Flames before moving up to the A-team Calgary Flames in the NHL. After this year, he moved on to become a professional player.
Kobasew was as earlier mentioned drafted 14th by the Calgary Flames where he played for several years. He played in the NHL until the 2004-2005 NHL lockout. During this period, he elected to play in the AHL for the Lowell Lock Monsters (later named the Lowell Devils and now the Albany Devils). He helped the team break a number of records while scoring 75 points in 79 games. This was enough to make him a part of the Canadian team in the all-star games.
Kobasew returned to the NHL when the lockout ended, and continued to play for them until 2007 when he was traded to the Boston Bruins. The Calgary Flames received Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau in this trade. In 2008, Kobasew signed a 3 year contract with the Boston Bruins but he was traded to the Minnesota Wilds in the fall of 2009 and has remained with them since then.
Kobasew has scored two hat tricks during his career, both of them against the Colarado Avalanche. He scored the first one in 2006 and the second one in 2009.
As a junior, Kobasew played for the Canadian national team in the Junior World championships in 2002 where the Canadian team finished second. He has not played for the Canadian national team since then, nor for any other national team.