|Born:||Apr 20, 1969||Draft:||1989 Whalers, 52nd Overall|
|Hometown:||Estevan, Saskatchewan||Position:||Right Wing|
|Known For:||2x AHL Calder Cup Champion||Shoots:||Right|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Blair Atcheynum (born April 20, 1969) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2000-2001 season. Drafted 52nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Atcheynum had a phenomenal final season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL), recording 70 goals and 138 points in 71 games. Following his draft year, he jumped to the pros to play for the Binghamton Whalers of the American Hockey League (AHL). He registered 20 goals and 41 points in 78 games during his rookie season.
After three seasons in the AHL, Atcheynum made his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators, appearing in four games and registering one assist. The remainder of the year would be spent in the AHL, and Atcheynum bounces around the AHL, ECHL, and International Hockey League (IHL) the following for years. He wouldn’t get another crack at the NHL until the 1997-98 season with the St. Louis Blues, recording 11 goals and 26 points in 61 games. He signed with the Nashville Predators the following season, appearing in 53 games and recording 14 points, but he was traded back to the Blues for a sixth-round pick in 2000.
Atcheynum completed the 1998-99 season with the Blues before signing with the Blackhawks. While his offensive production dropped off, his veteran presence provided Chicago with some much-needed leadership. He split his final season in the NHL with the Blackhawks and their AHL affiliate before briefly retiring in 2001. Atcheynum returned for one season to play in the Wild Goose Hockey League (WGHL) before retiring for good in 2005.
Blair Atcheynum Statistics
- Re-Doing the Nashville Predators’ 1998 Expansion Draft
- Re-Doing the Ottawa Senators’ 1992 Expansion Draft
- Battlefords North Stars, SJHL (Assistant Coach) 2012-2017
- WHL (East) First All-Star Team (1989)
- WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player (Brad Hornung Trophy) (1989)
- 2x AHL Calder Cup Champion (1991, 1997)
- AHL Calder Cup Champion (1997)