2009-10: Chris Calnan attended Thayer Academy and participated in USA Hockey's 2010 Select-16 Festival in June.
2010-11: Calnan scored 14 goals with 11 assists in 26 games as a sophomore after transferring from Thayer Academy to Nobles and Greenough.
2011-12: Calnan had an impressive season with the Cape Cod Whalers U18 team and scored 28 goals with 27 assists in 29 games as a junior for Nobles and Greenough. Nobles reached the NEPSIHA championship game and Calnan was named to the All-Independent School League and New England Prep all star teams. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 69th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft. Calnan committed to playing college hockey at Boston College in 2013-14.
Calnan is a hard-working player with offensive skill who has a high level of endurance. Though he could stand to bulk up a bit, he has the makings of being the prototypical power forward, and a player that opposing players hate playing against. Calnan is a good skater who makes use of that ability, especially in the offensive zone. He'll most likely need to round his game into form a bit in the NCAA, but Calnan has all the makings of an effective top-six forward.
Calnan has options entering the 2012-13 season: he has one year of eligibility remaining at the high school level and could return to Nobles Prep, he could transition to the EJHL with the South Shore Kings, and his third option is the USHL with Waterloo. Waterloo may be the best option in order to prepare against the best level of competition before he joins Boston College for the 2013-14 season.