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Let's Meet Chay Genoway

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Chay Genoway: Shown actual size.
Chay Genoway: Shown actual size.

The last game of the season for the Wild. That won't stop them from fitting one more guy onto the list of players used this season. The call up will make him the 47th player to suit up for the Wild. Of course, there is no better reward for an AHLer than to get their call up to the NHL. For Genoway, many Wild fans wanted to see this sooner rather than later. A University of North Dakota alumn, Genoway has quite a few fans in the area, even among those that despise the Fighting Sioux.

For the record, his last name is pronounced with a hard G sound. Guh, not juh. He will wear number 47 in his debut. He is a massive 5' 9", 177 pounds, and thus will clearly be used as the intimidation factor in front of the net in ever opportunity given.

All jokes aside, Genoway has been a good soldier this season after being signed as a college free agent. He has played well in Houston, and is getting his just rewards for doing so. This will be an exciting moment for those who have been calling for him all season. Let's just hope the kid can deliver.

The Stats

The Experts

From the Wild:

Genoway, 25 (12/20/86), leads Aeros defensemen in scoring with 32 points (7-25=32) including five power-play goals and 29 PIM in 68 games. The 5-foot-9, 173-pound native of Morden, Manitoba collected 127 points (26-101=127) and a plus-48 rating in 168 games during his five-year career at the University of North Dakota (2006-11) where he was twice named an All-American. A four-time All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) selection, Genoway served as team captain his last two seasons. He graduated as the fourth-highest-scoring defenseman in Fighting Sioux history and his 168 games are tied for the most by a UND defenseman. Genoway also ranks tied for second all-time among Sioux rearguards in game-winning goals (seven), fourth in power-play goals (14), fifth in assists (101), and seventh in goals (26). The 2005 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., was signed as a free agent by Minnesota on April 12, 2011. Genoway will wear sweater No. 47 with the Wild.

From First Round Bust:

Redline Report Scout Max Giese had this take on Genoway in an interview with FRB a few months ago:

"Even at his diminutive frame, I think Chay Genoway has a chance at being an NHL defenseman because he's so dynamically fast and skilled, and his competitiveness both on the ice and off the ice working on his game is off the charts."

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