BIRTHPLACE: Clawson, Michigan
DRAFTED: first round (23rd overall) by Ottawa Senators in 2001
ACQUIRED: by Carolina Hurricanes from the LA Kings with Eric Belanger in exchange for Oleg Tverdovsky and Jack Johnson on September 29, 2006.
SIGNED: 4-year contract with the Canes on 06/19/2008.
First NHL Game: October 9, 2003 (playing for the Kings against Detroit; lost 3-2)
First NHL Point: October 12, 2003 (playing for the Kings against Chicago; won 4-2)
First NHL Goal: February 8, 2006 (playing for the Kings against Columbus; lost 7-4)
HOTTIE [CAREER] HIGHLIGHTS:
Represented the United States at the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Canada; played for the United States at the 2003 World Junior Championship (limited to one game because of a foot injury) and the 2001 World Junior Championship (7 games played, 1 assist).
Season Highlights (2008-2009)
- is first on the team with 41 penalty minutes
- HIGHS: 3 assists, 3 points, 5 PIM, 29:25 TOI, +3, 3 SOG, 6 hits, and 5 blocked shots
- ranks first among Hurricanes defensemen with 102 hits; was 16th among NHL defensemen in that category through 01/29/2009.
- 01/20/2009 - played his 300th NHL game against Pittsburgh
- 01/29/2009 - assisted on Staal's game-winning goal and blocked four shots vs. Tampa Bay