Chris Peluso

#9 Chris Peluso

POSITION D
HEIGHT 5'10"
WEIGHT 190
YEAR So.
HOMETOWN Wadena, Minn. (USHL-Sioux Falls)

2008-09 (Junior)
2008-09 Honors:

  • Academic All-CHA

Dressed for 36 of the Beavers’ 37 contests in 2008-09... Started on the BSU blue line six times... Posted 0-13=13 points to finish third among BSU defensemen... His total of 13 assists was third-best at BSU this season... A member of a BSU power-play unit that entered the NCAA Tournament ranked sixth in the country at just under 21-percent efficiency, Peluso contributed eight assists to the effort... Dished out assists in three consecutive games Dec. 6-29... Matched a career-high with two assists Jan. 31 in a 5-1 victory over Robert Morris... Was +2 in 2008-09.

2007-08 (Sophomore)
2007-08 Honors:

  • Academic All-CHA

Was one of five Beavers, and was the only defenseman, to see time in all 36 games in 2007-08... Started 20 contests... His 1-9=10 points ranked fourth among BSU blue liners... He scored 1-5=6 in conference play.

Scored his first collegiate goal at Ala.-Huntsville (11/10) 36 games into his Bemidji State career... Scored assists in back-to-back games for the first time as a Beaver Jan. 12 and Jan. 18 at Ala.-Huntsville and Colorado College... Posted a career-best six shots on goal in 2-2 tie versus Robert Morris (1/25)... Finished the season with three assists in Bemidji State’s final four games including an helper in each of the Beavers’ CHA Tournament contests (3/15-16).

2006-07 (Freshman)
2006-07 Honors:

  • 12/4/06 CHA Rookie of the Week
  • 12/18/06 CHA Rookie of the Week

After playing just four of the first nine games due to coaches decision, cemented himself on BSU third line of defensemen and played 22 of the final 24 games... Made collegiate debut in the Beavers’ 2006-07 season-opener at Maine.

  • CHA Rookie of the Week (!2/4)after he notched first point of his career on an assist on Matt Pope’s game-winner in a 1-0 win over Wayne State (Mich.)(12/1)... Moved to +2 in the series posting a pair of assists the following evening for the first multi-point game of his BSU career... Capped the series with 0-3=3 points and +2.
  • CHA Rookie of the Week (12/18) for collecting assists in consecutive contests versus Ala.-Huntsville (12/15-16). Spent a career-high 10 minutes in the penalty box after being whistled for five penalties at Colorado College (12/29)... Was tagged for just seven penalties for 14 minutes in the other 25 games he saw time in.

Posted final point of his season helping on a Tyler Lehrke goal in a 3-2 victory over Wayne State (Mich.) (1/5). Fired a career-best five shots versus Ala.-Huntsville (2/17).

NHL
Penguins Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the 194th overall pick. He becomes the second NHL draftee to join the Bemidji State program since it moved to Division I in 1999, joining Andrew Murray. Murray was drafted by the Columbus Bluejackets in the eighth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to BSU
Joined the Bemidji State program after a two-year USHL stint with Sioux Falls... Finished second amongst Stampede defensemen with 5-19=24 points in 57 games played... Added three power-play goals... Tied for 10th amongst USHL defenders with 24 points... Finished with a +10 rating.

Scored 1-7=8 points for the Stampede in 2004-05 with a +2 rating in 53 games played... Also had 54 penalty minutes. Played for Brainerd (Minn.) High School prior to his USHL tour... Scored 11-33=44 points as a junior in 2003-04.

Personal
Chris Joseph Peluso... Born Aug. 21, 1986... Son of Joe and Patti Peluso... Majoring in nursing at BSU and has a regular on the Dean’s List.

Nephew of former New Jersey Devils standout Mike Peluso... Mike Peluso was New Jersey’s 10th selection, and was the 190th player taken overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft; played 192 games for the Devils from 1993-97, scoring 9-35=44 points.

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