Getty ImagesWhen Alex Chiasson of the Dallas Stars enrolled at Northwood School, a prep school in upstate New York, the Quebec-native’s English was, well, questionable. While he’s called “Chaser” by teammates because of the typical hockey player nickname equation (first half of first or last name plus “-er”, "-sy" or “-y”) some Stars fans prefer to call him “Toaster.”
It was one of only three English words he knew, other than “yes” and “no.”
Six years later, Chiasson speaks English just fine and has become another young player coming through the Stars’ ranks who shows promise that the future is bright in Big D.
After getting called up at the end of last season, Chiasson proceeded to score six times on 13 shots in his first seven games with the Stars. His shooting percentage was a ridiculous 46-percent. And not even the off-season could slow him down as he scored in each of Dallas’ first three games this years.
For Chiasson, it was a matter of confidence and linemates that helped sparked him after making the jump to The Show.
“When I came in, I had the opportunity to play with Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn right away in my second game,” said Chiasson by phone last week. “I really felt comfortable playing with those two guys. We were making a push for the playoffs, so I was just trying to make an impression, [which] was really my main thing for the last couple of games.
"Of course scoring goals definitely helped me for a little bit, but it was really up to me in the summer how much I really wanted to stay here. I needed a big training camp to prove that I could play here and belong with those guys. It’s a hard league to play in. I would like to score every night if I could, but it’s not the way it works. I try my best, but you really got to come in every day and try and get better. That’s my mentality, to try and get better, leave it out there on the ice every day and hopefully good things will happen."
Chiasson credits two people for making a big impact on his career: Willie Desjardins and Gary Roberts. The former was his coach with the AHL's Texas Stars during the 2012-13 season and pushed Chiasson daily to become a better player. Roberts was the one who taught him about nutrition as Chiasson became another of many players who have heeded the former NHLer's fitness advice.
We spoke with Chiasson last week about the Stars' recent inconsistent play, his new coach Lindy Ruff, the influence of Ray Whitney and more.
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