With rookie camp, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of everyone because you don’t know much about them. Before camp, I’ll highlight some of the players that are going to be spending their year in Portland. Let’s start with jokester Chris Summers.
Chris is from Michigan, but let’s not hold that against him. He was in the US national development program and the Coyotes drafted him in the first round, #28 overall in 2006. He went on to attend college at U of Michigan, where he majored in psychology. He kept his “regular dude” status working on the grounds crew for baseball and softball games and even substituting as a PA announcer when necessary. What a ham.
While Chris plays as a Dman most of the time, he spent time at U of M playing forward. His sophomore year, he was a winger on a line with Andrew Cogliano and fellow Coyotes pick Chad Kolarik, before going back to playing defense his last two seasons. During his Junior year, Chris was named an assistant Captain, but a few games into the season, he became the Captain when his D partner, who was the Captain, blew out his knee. Chris also had a previous leadership role on his U17 and U18 Team USA teams.
He won gold medal with Team USA at 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sweden. He skated in all six games as a forward, tallying one goal, the game winner in the gold medal game. Not too shabby, eh?
As you’ll see in this vid, Chris also rescues damsels in distress and does a mean Bieber.
As you can see, Chris is an outgoing dude that is a dork in the best possible way. He keeps things light in the locker room, but also has a lot of experience providing leadership when times are tough. He reminds me of a mix of Adrian Aucoin, Shane Doan, and a Backstreet Boy. Yeah, I said it.
You can’t help but greatly enjoy his personality. Last season was his first year as a pro, which he spent in the AHL with the Rampage (although he did make a cameo in one Coyotes game last year). Chris was one of the players most active in the community and here are some vids to enjoy his quirky personality:
A Game Day In The Life of Chris Summers (OMG I SEE YOU TEEK!!!!!)
Talking about his facial hair prowess that would put most veterans to shame:
Cooking With Chef Chris:
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND: Read Chris Read!
OMG THEY CAN READ! Mike Stone is also pretty enjoyable as a person.