Center Chris Herperger was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the midst of his five year Junior career that he split between the Swift Current Broncos and the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Half way through his first full season as a professional, which was spent entirely in the minor leagues, Herperger was traded by the Flyers to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for veteran checker Bob Corkum. Herperger spent the rest of that season and all of the next one with the Ducks minor league affiliate in Baltimore. His first full year with Baltimore Herperger found his scoring touch by scoring 19 goals and 41 points. Despite his success, the Ducks organization let him go at season's end.
Herperger signed on with the Canadian National Team where he provided a solid scoring touch by chipping in 20 goals and 30 assists. His impressive play with Team Canada earned him a new contract which eventually led to his ticket to the National Hockey League.
The Chicago Blackhawks inked Herperger and he spent the year in Indianapolis honing his game. The following year was also spent primarily in the minors, though he did receive that call he'd been waiting for when the 'Hawks decided to bring him up to the big team and give him a look.
Herperger suited up for nine games with Chicago but was unable to provide any offense for them, though he did receive a major penalty. Things went much better the next year when Chicago made him a regular and he responded with 10 goals and 25 points in 63 games. He impressed the brass by playing solidly in both ends and excelling in the face off circle while finding a home on the third line with hard working style. At season's end Herperger fell into a unique situation. Because he was over 25 years old and had played less then 80 NHL games in his career he had the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent. Though the 'Hawks tried to resign him before the July 1 deadline, he instead elected to test the free agency waters. Shortly after he received an attractive offer from the Ottawa Senators and left Chicago.
With Ottawa Herperger settled into a checking role with the Senators. Though his offensive production slipped to just four goals and 13 points while racking up 43 penalty minutes, Herperger's role in the Senators system was different then Chicago. Coach Jacques Martin required Herperger to concentrate more on his defensive play, which limited his production.