St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame







Chris Rogles started playing Ice Hockey at 8 years old for the Affton Alligators. He continued playing in the St. Louis area until he was 19. His teams included the Affton Americans, Meramec Sharks, Clayton Stingers, DeSmet High School, the Affton Americans Jr. B, and lastly with the St. Louis Jr. Blues.

After his season with the Junior Blues, he was drafted by the Detroit Jr. Red Wings, where he played in 1988-89. Following his season with the Jr. Red Wings, Chris enrolled at Clarkson University where he tried out as a walk on and made the Golden Knights as the 3rd goalie. He started one game as a freshman, a 4-1 win at Army. Eventually he won the starting job as a sophomore, and led his team to the ECAC League Championship, the ECAC Playoff Championship, and an NCAA Tournament berth, finishing at the Frozen Four in Minneapolis, MN.  The run to the Frozen Four included sweeping the University of Wisconsin Badgers, traveling to #1 Ranked Lake Superior State - who had 28 consecutive wins, beating them in game 3 in a best of 3 series, before finally losing to Boston University Team in the Frozen Four - a team with future NHL stars Keith Tkachuk, Tony Amonte, Billy Guerin, to name a few.

He continued to play well at Clarkson his Junior and Senior Seasons, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in each of his 4 seasons. He won another ECAC Playoff Championship in 1993 and was named the Playoff MVP.  He was selected to represent the East at the Shriner's Senior All Star Game and was named the MVP.  These performances led to Chris signing a 3-year Contract with the Chicago Blackhawks after graduating from Clarkson in 1993. 

Chris spent most of his time with Chicago's minor league affiliate, the Indianapolis Ice.  He was able to work and learn from Chicago's goaltending coach, Vladislav Tretiak, which was quite an honor.  He played well during his first season in Indianapolis and earned a call-up with the Blackhawks in March of 1994.  Ed Belfour was injured, so Chris backed up Jeff Hackett in Chicago Stadium when the Blackhawks tied Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens.  He was called up a second time that season and joined the Hawks for the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Blackhawks lost in the first round to the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the end of the 1993-94 season, Chris won the Ken Mackenzie Award-American Born MVP.  The 1994-95 season was a NHL lockout season and Chris spent the remainder of his contract playing in the minors with the Indianapolis Ice.

Once Chris left the Blackhawks organization, he signed with Independent team Las Vegas Thunder where he played for them and bounced around the minors.  Chris chose to go to Europe in 1996, where he played for the remainder of his 15 year professional career - one season in Sweden and with 4 teams and 11 more seasons in Germany.  He had a successful career in Europe, including 3 Championships, 4 All-Star Team nominations, and played in the 2002 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

His strong play led to him being selected to the US Men's National Team and representing Team USA in 5 International Tournaments, including an Olympic Qualification Tournament in 1998 in Klagenfurt, Austria; the 1999 World Championships in Oslo, Norway, and the 2003 World Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Chris is extremely proud and honored to be inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame.  He realizes how fortunate he was to play the game he loves for as long as he did and enjoy a career that would not have been possible without the tremendous support and understanding of primarily his parents - Ken and Marilee Rogles, his sister and brother - Cathy Laskowitz and Mark Rogles, his wife Audra and their three children, as well as all his family and friends.

In 2008, Chris retired from ice hockey after 15 seasons at the age of 39.  He and his wife, Audra, live in New Hampshire where he coaches their 3 sons, Jude, Sebastian, and Julien.