August 11, 2004

Sr. | C | Pawtucket, R.I.

Chaput grew up miles from the Providence campus in Pawtucket, R.I.


Key Statistics: Chaput recorded 34 points last season (12 goals, 22 assists) and earned honorable mention All-Hockey East recognition.

What He Does: Chaput’s skating and his hockey sense make him a very dangerous offensive player. While only 5-foot-10, he’s got surprising strength on his stick, making him effective down low and he’s got the hands to finish plays around the net. As a senior, he’ll also be looked to for leadership on a team that will need significant contributions from its talented freshman and sophomore classes.

The Bigger Picture: Chaput was, in many ways, born to be a Friar. He skated in the Edgewood Youth Hockey program out of Schneider Arena as a kid and played two high school state championships in the rink as well. When it came time for recruiting the 17-year-old freshman-to-be, Providence had it easy. He’s grown into his role as the team’s offensive leader, emerging from the shadows of Jon DiSalvatore, Peter Fregoe and Devin Rask last season. He doesn’t turn 21 until Nov. 20, but already is entrenched as the Friars’ most gifted offensive player.

Providence associate head coach David Berard on Chaput: “He’s made steady improvements each of his first three years. We’re expecting and hoping for a breakout year. We’d like to see him go from 35 points to 45 or 50 points, and he has the ability to do it.”

— Nate Ewell

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