Chris Higgins (born April 30, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). He also has an Italian passport
Higgins attended Boston University where he played four seasons (2005 - 2009) of NCAA college hockey with the Boston University Terriers, winning an NCAA Championship in 2009. During his Freshmen campaign, Higgins was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays for his goal in the Beanpot against Harvard University. Higgins finished his college career with 133 points in 159 career games.
After college Higgins signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets Where he played for the AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch. Due to a hand injury, he missed a significant part of the 2009-2010 season. Higgins started the 2010-11 season with Ritten-Renon of the Italian Serie A, before returning to North America to conclude the season in the ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
On August 12, 2013, Higgins returned abroad for the third time in his career, signing a one-year deal with the Belfast Giants of the EIHL. Higgins was nicknamed the ‘Belfast Datsyuk’ by popular Giants podcasters "A View From The Bridge" after Detroit Red Wings legend Pavel Datsyuk for his skill and flash with the puck.
Higgins returns to Belfast for the 2015-16 season