Chris Porter was drafted in the 9th round (#282 overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, but went unsigned by that team.
During the 2003-04 season, Porter played in all 41 games for UND in his rookie campaign, amassing 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists). His 25 points ranked him third on the team among rookies in scoring. He earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors twice. His first honor came back on December 29th after a three-point performance during the Subway Holiday Classic Tournament. The second came back on March 8, 2004 when he amassed four points in the regular season finale versus Michigan Tech.
Prior to his arrival at UND, Porter played for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. He amassed 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 59 games for Lincoln. He also posted seven points (three goals, four assists) in 10 post-season games, helping to lead the Stars to a Clark Cup Championship title.
2007-08: In his first season of post-collegiate play, Porter joined up with the Peoria Rivermen (AHL). In 80 games, the center notched 37 points (12g+25a) and 72 minutes in the penalty box.
Porter is a player with good size who plays with a bit of edginess. He is very good around the net and along the boards. Porter is a fierce battler who can grind things out. He can usually be found creating havoc in front of opposing goaltenders, looking for tip-ins or getting the “garbage” goals. He is a good skater with decent acceleration. He possesses a good, quick release along with a long reach. While he has shown that he can be defensively responsible, it is an area where he could use some improvement in. Porter doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game and can lay some heavy checks on opposing players. One of Porter’s most noticeable weaknesses is he can be moved off the puck rather easily and it’s an area that will need to be improved to be successful at the professional level.