By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff
Boston University men’s hockey junior assistant captain Alex Chiasson agreed to terms with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League on a three-year entry-level contract on Monday, ending his hockey career at BU.
The professional contract ends a successful career with the Terriers for the 6-foot-3 forward, who totaled 99 points in 108 games played. The Stars’ former-second-round draft choice said he made his decision on Monday after a meeting with BU coach Jack Parker.
“We had a good conversation and afterwards I cleared up my mind and made sure it was the right decision for me that I was ready to leave and go on for a new challenge and a new experience,” Chiasson said. “[Parker] thought if in my heart that’s what I wanted to do then he was going to support me through it.”
I took my decision [Monday] actually. I had a meeting with coach [Monday] afternoon. We had a good conversation and afterwards I cleared up my mind and made sure it was the right decision for me that I was ready to leave and go on for a new challenge and a new experience.
On what Parker thought of Chiasson leaving early:
I mean coach is really supportive. We had a good discussion and he wanted the best for me. He thought if in my heart that’s what I wanted to do then he was going to support me through it. Obviously I have learned a lot and I think I’ve grown up as a player and as a person under his charge. I thought that he needed to be the first guy that I wanted to share my thoughts with and that’s what I did. I think he deserved to know first what my decision was going to be and I wanted to see what he thought and what could be the best for me and he was really supportive. I can’t say enough about him how I grew as a player and as a person and I learned so much about myself. It was a good conversation, he was really supportive and like I said he was happy for me and I’m sure I will get to see him again down the road for sure.
On his experience at BU:
The last three years have flown by. It was hard for me to make a decision because I have made some great friends here and I have met some awesome people and it was definitely a great experience to know it’s probably the best three years I’ve had so far. So that was great. I really love the school, love the city, my parents are here pretty much every weekend and it was a good experience not just for me but for my family. I think we appreciate what BU gave to me and I’m almost done with my degree and it was something really important for me and my family that even though I leave I have to come back during the summer and finish my economics degree. You never know what is going to happen with hockey and sometimes you kind of need – you’re not going to play hockey for 30 or 40 years so I think there is always something to rely on and like I said, BU was the best thing, for me, to happen. I learned so much about life and it was more than hockey really, I grew up as a person and learned how to be on my own and live away from home. I can’t say enough about this school and the opportunity it gave me as a player and as a person.
On why he chose college hockey over the QMJHL:
I think for me it was the best thing to do. I thought, I was a tall guy and if you look over my three years I think my progression was great. I learned my freshman year and my sophomore year and even this year I learned a lot. I think after this year and looking back, it was the best decision. I’m not saying that major junior is not the right way to go but for myself I think it was definitely what I needed to do and obviously it paid off. Without coming here I probably wouldn’t be where I wanted to be, next year or in the future and that’s something that I’m going to really look down to and I’m going to be really proud of that. If there’s anything I could tell anyone, it’s that college hockey and coming to BU was definitely the best experience that you could ever have.
On his plan for the rest of the year with the Stars:
I’m going to go with the Texas Stars. Probably finish their season. They are out of the playoffs so there’s about eight or nine games left. So I’m going to finish there, train, get my feet wet, get rolling and try to see where I fit in professional hockey and see how that works. I think it’s going to be good for me to see where I’m at personally and what I need to work on this summer and obviously my goal next year is to make a good impression at camp and try to go in the Stars right away. You never know, you can’t read the crystal ball and see what’s going to happen. I like where I’m at. I like what I’ve learned here in my three years, so we’ll see what happens. I’m excited for a new challenge and it should be a good experience.