Chad William Lawrence Kilger ( born November 27, 1976 in Cornwall, Ontario ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who in his playing days from 1993 to 2008 among others for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs have played in the National Hockey League.
Chad Kilger began his career as a hockey player with the Kingston Frontenacs for which, by 1995, he was active from 1993 in the Canadian top junior league Ontario Hockey League. He was selected in the sequence when the NHL Entry Draft in 1995 as fourth overall in the first round of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. On 7 February 1996 he was transferred Jets in a transfer deal with Oleg Twerdowski and a third-round draft choice of the Winnipeg Jets Teemu Selanne for Marc Chouinard and a fourth- round election to Winnipeg. As a result, he spent most of his playing time at their farm team, the Springfield Falcons.
When his performance did not improve, he was released to the Chicago Blackhawks. In two seasons, he scored a total of 36 scorer points, including 17 goals for the Blackhawks in 86 games. In March 1999 he was transferred along with Daniel Cleary and Ethan Moreau for Christian Laflamme, Boris Mironov, Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson to the Edmonton Oilers. After one and a half years he moved in December 2000 to the Montreal Canadiens, where he was able to prevail. In his first season with the Canadiens, he was an average of about 18 minutes on the ice. In March 2004, he moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Chad Kilger made the unofficial hockey record for the hardest slapshot on 3 December 2006, when he at 106.6 mph the old record by former defender of the San Jose Sharks, Shawn Heins, ( 106.0 mph ) exceeded.
Non- signature in Florida
At the date of the trade deadline in 2008, 26 February, transferred the Toronto Maple Leafs Chad Kilger for a third-round draft pick to the Florida Panthers. He immediately requested leave of absence from the management of the Panthers, which granted him this also. However, since he did not return to Florida in the agreed period of time, put the management of the contract with the Canadians for an indefinite time off. Kilger was not allowed to training camp at the beginning of the season 2008 /09. By the end of the season he had not played for the Panthers yet publicly given an explanation for the non- fulfillment of his contract. His mother confirmed that her son was on leave. The former general manager of the Maple Leafs Cliff Fletcher explained that Kilger now located in retirement, although this Kilger announced never before. Chad Kilger occurred on 10 July 2009 formally withdrew from professional hockey. He now works as a firefighter in his hometown of Cornwall, Ontario.
His father Bob Kilger is a politician and is currently acting mayor of the city of Cornwall.