His skill at hockey opened the door for Chris Valentine to travel across North America and into Europe. Born in Belleville on December 6, 1961, Chris quickly displayed his talents in the Belleville Minor Hockey system, where he consistently put big numbers on the scoreboard.
In 1978, he joined St. Louis University of the CCHA and in 34 games scored an impressive 27 goals. He was selected to the All CCHA 2nd Team.
Relocating to Verdun’s Sorel Blackhawks in 1979, he had 48 goals in 72 games, and followed that up with 65 goals in 1980. His scoring prowess earned him a spot the following year with the NHL’s Washington Capitals where he scored 30 goals in 60 games, and established a Capital’s Rookie point scoring record that withstood the test of time until Alex Ovechkin came along. Over a 3-year span, where Valentine split his time between the Capital’s and the AHL’s Hershey Bears, Chris had 43 goals and 52 assists in 105 NHL games. And then Europe came calling.
In 1984, Valentine joined Dusseldorf EG of the German Bundesliga and over a 12-year period set the league on fire. He led the league in scoring 7 times, led Dusseldorf to 5 league championships and had his #10 retired by the team after ending his playing career.
Following his retirement as a player, Valentine coached for 5 years in Germany, after which he returned to Canada, where he is in the financial services business. He is active with the Ottawa Senators Alumni Association.
Chris lives in Stittsville, Ontario, with his wife Laurie. He has 2 children – Mandy and Curtis.0