Originally posted on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 7/11/13

Once upon a time, Jonathan Cheechoo scored 56 goals in a single NHL season. He won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy and was considered one of the most dangerous snipers in the league. That was a long, long time ago. A lot has changed since Cheechoo's phenomenal 2005-06 campaign. The latest twist in Cheechoo's strange career will take him to Russia. Multiple reports indicate Cheechoo will sign a deal with Medveščak Zagreb, a Croatian team in the KHL.  It's probably safe to close the door on the possibility of Cheechoo making a comeback in the NHL. Set to turn 33 on July 15th, Cheechoo's last NHL appearance was during the 2009-10 season with the Ottawa Senators. Since then he has bounced around the AHL before heading to Russia for the 2013-14 season.  Let's take a quick look at Cheechoo's fascinating career. We all remember his 56-goal 2005-06 season with San Jose. However, it's important to recognize his 28-goal 2003-04, his 37-goal 2006-07 and his 23-goal 2007-08. Obviously his 56-goal campaign sticks out the most, but he had several strong years with the Sharks. His statistical decline was obvious, but plenty of players would be thrilled with four consecutive seasons with 20+ goals.  The 2008-09 season is where the wheels fell off the wagon. Cheechoo's 12 goals in 66 games inspired the Sharks to trade him to the Ottawa Senators in 2009. Cheechoo notched just five goals in 61 games for Ottawa, forcing the club to send him down to the AHL.  Over the past four years, Cheechoo has skated with the Binghampton Senators, Worcester Sharks, Peoria Rivermen and the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.  So, why are we discussing Cheechoo's move to the KHL when he hasn't been relevant in the NHL for quite some time? Two reasons: It feels like Cheechoo's NHL career is officially over and we're all hoping to see another "Train, Train, Cheechoo Train" video now that he's with a new team.  You see, the best aspect of Cheechoo's career (excluding his 56-goal effort) have been the odd, yet awesome videos made by one incredibly loyal fan. As Cheechoo shifts teams, said fan makes a new video, expressing his love for Cheechoo. We can't wait for the one discussing his move to Medveščak Zagreb. In a lot of ways, Cheechoo's NHL career could be compared to a one-hit wonder. It's oddly appropriate that there's a catchy song so closely tied to his rather strange career. Ironically, as Cheechoo's career has declined, the tribute song just keeps getting better and better.  San Jose Sharks Ottawa Senators Peoria Rivermen Oklahoma City Barons Medveščak Zagreb Coming soon. We hope.  Photo courtesy of Tend the Farm. [follow]

This article first appeared on Puck Drunk Love and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker