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 the Central Scouting final rankings. Chicago selected Calnan in the third round (79th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He committed to playing college hockey at Boston College in 2013-14.
2012-13: Calnan chose to forego his senior season at Noble and Greenough – skating instead with the South Shore Kings in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Calnan was the Kings’ leading scorer with 49 points and was fifth in the EJHL with 27 goals. South Shore finished second in the Southern Division. Calnan scored 2 goals with 2 penalty minutes in the two-game playoff series against the Valley Junior Warriors.
2013-14: Calnan skated in 37 of 40 games for Boston College as a freshman. Primarily seeing fourth line action on a line with Adam Gilmour (MIN) and Brendan Silk on one of the top teams in the country, he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was plus-12 with 23 penalty minutes. After finishing the regular season 25-4-4 and capturing the Hockey East regular season title, the Eagles were upset by Notre Dame in a best-of-three quarterfinal series in the conference tournament. BC defeated Massachusetts-Lowell to capture the NCAA Northeast Regional championship and lost to eventual national champion Union in the Frozen Four semifinals.
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 is in his sophomore season at Boston College in 2014-15. With several forwards from last year's team having moved on to pro hockey he is being counted on to play a top line role for the Eagles. Long--term he projects to being a top line offensive forward.