|BIRTHPLACE:||Edmonton, AB, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||EDM: 1997-121 overall|
|AHL First All-Star Team (2002) Traded to Brandon (WHL) by Medicine Hat (WHL) for Justin Yeomans and future considerations, February 2, 1999.Traded to Phoenix by Edmonton with Edmonton's 3rd round choice (later traded to Carolina, later traded to NY Rangers NY Rangers selected Billy Ryan) in 2004 Entry Draft for New Jersey's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Edmonton selected Geoff Paukovich) in 2004 Entry Draft and Buffalo's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Edmonton selected Liam Reddox) in 2004 Entry Draft, June 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Varese (Italy), December 15, 2004. Traded to Columbus by Phoenix with Cale Hulse and Mike Rupp for Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman, October 8, 2005. Traded to Washington by Columbus for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina, December 28, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Chomutov (CzRep), November 14, 2012.|
2012-13: Tallied 1g-1a and 4 hits on 4/23 vs. WPG ... Added an assist on 4/16 vs. TOR ... Scored a goal on 4/13 vs. TB ... Tallied an assist on 4/7 vs. TB ... Played in 700th career game and recorded a fighting major (Strachan) on 4/6 at FLA ... Scored 1st goal of the season on 3/17 vs. BUF ... Collected an assist on 3/10 vs. NYR ... Recorded an assist on 2/23 vs. NJ ... Tallied an assist on 2/9 vs. FLA ... Registered an assist on 1/31 at TOR ... Recorded 2 assists on 1/27 vs. BUF ... Tallied an assist on 1/24 vs. MTL ... Recorded an assist on 1/19 at TB.
2011-12: Set career highs in points (39) and goals (20) ... Played in all 82 games ... Scored career-high 20th goal of season on 4/2 at TB ... 3rd on WSH in goals and T-1st in GWGs ... Scored GWG on 3/25 vs. MIN ... Recorded a goal and an assist on 3/23 vs. WPG ... Collected a goal and an assist on 3/19 at DET ... Recorded a SHG and an assist on 2/7 vs. FLA ... Recorded a GWG assist on 1/15 vs. CAR ... Scored GWG on 1/11 vs. PIT ... Scored twice on 12/23 at NJ ... Scored 2 goals, including overtime GWG, on 11/23 vs. WPG ... Played in his 600th career NHL game on 11/21 vs. PHX ... Scored WSH’s first SHG of the season, the eventual GWG on 11/11 at NJ ... Scored his 100th and 101st career goals in the third period on 10/10 vs. TB and was named First Star ... Finished playoffs t-3rd on WSH in points and 2nd in goals ... Ranked t-2nd on the team in plus/minus ... Finished 3rd in shots (28) on WSH during the postseason ... Scored a goal in Game 6 of the ECQF vs. BOS on 4/22 ... Scored a goal in Games 1 and 2 of the ECSF at NYR ... Tallied the GWG in Game 6 of the ECSF vs. NYR on 5/9 ... Four of his seven career playoff goals have been GWG.
2010-11: Had five multiple-point games … Scored a power play goal on 4/6 vs. FLA ... Had an assist, scored the overtime game-winner and was named the game’s first star against CBJ, his former team, on 3/31 ... Posted 1g-1a on 2/4 at TB ... Had points in four straight games 1/16-1/22 (2g-2a), matching his best point streak as a Cap … Tied for seventh on the team with 10 goals … Finished seventh on the Capitals in postseason scoring with four points (2g-2a) in nine games ... Scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in Game 4 of the ECQF vs. NYR … Both of his goals in the 2011 playoffs and all three of his career playoff goals have been game-winners … Fourth on the Caps during the playoffs with 22 hits.
2009-10: Appeared in a combined 78 games with CBJ and Washington, skating 39 for each team ... Talled 34 points (15g-19a) total ... Had 7g-10a and was +6 in 39 GP with the Caps ... Had 11 of his 17 points with the Caps on the road (5g-6a, +6) ... All 17 of his points with the Caps came at even strength ... Team was 7-0-0 when he scored a goal (11-2-2 with a point) ... Recorded an assist in his Capitals debut on 12/30 at SJ ... Had points in four straight games (2g-3a) from 1/9—1/15 ... Recorded his 100th career assist 3/30 vs. OTT ... Played his 500th career game in the season finale (4/11 vs. BOS) ... Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 4 (4/21) and totaled three points (1g-2a) in the ECQF vs. MTL.
2008-09: Tallied 22 points (8g-14a), 41 penalty minutes and was +8 in 49 games with CBJ … Had one GWG and one PPG … Was one of two players (Jakub Voracek) to record a multiple-point game (0-2-2) in the season opener 10/10 at DAL, one of his three two-point games on the year … Tied his career high of +3 10/10 at DAL … Scored a goal in three straight games 10/17—10/21 … Opened the season recording a point in five of the first six games and seven of the first 10 games … Registered 1-4-5 during a four-game point streak 11/7—11/14 … Played his 400th career game 12/7 at ANA … Missed two 16-game stretches (12/18—1/ 21 and 2/26—3/31) due to injury … Tallied 0-1-1 in four playoff games.
2007-08: Registered 31 points (14g-17a) and 98 penalty minutes in 81 games with CBJ ... Played in a club-record 243 straight games from 10/9/05—4/5/08 before missing the final regular season game due to injury … Set career highs in penalty minutes (98) and shots (198) … Was third on the team in goals, penalty minutes and shots, tied for third in GWGs and was fifth in points … Matched a career-high with three points (1g-2a) and was +3 10/10 vs. PHX, his third career three-point game … Played the 300th game of his NHL career 10/23 at CHI … Had the fourth two-goal game of his career 10/31 at LA … Won a silver medal with Canada at the World Championship.
2006-07: Registered 36 points (15g-21a) and didn’t miss a game in his second season with CBJ … Set career highs in assists, points and games played … Tied for the team lead with two SHGs ... Was fifth on the club in goals, points, GWGs, plus/minus rating and penalty minutes … Tied a CBJ single-game record with 10 shots 4/7 vs. ANA … Collected 3a 3/25 vs. STL to set a single-game career high in assists and tie a career high in points … Won a gold medal with Canada at the World Championship.
2005-06: Scored a career-high 17 goals and added 13 assists in 80 games with CBJ … Ranked second on the club in GWGs (5) and games played (tied), was third in penalty minutes, fourth in goals, and fifth in shooting percentage (13.4%) ... Nine of his 17 goals came in the third period, while 10 gave CBJ a lead.
2004-05: Notched 10 points (7g-3a) and 34 penalty minutes in 15 games with AS Varese (Italy) … Added three points (2g-1a) in five playoff games.
2003-04: Recorded 12 points (4g-8a) in 60 games with EDM … Played the 100th game of his NHL career 1/2 at MIN.
2002-03: Registered 23 points (14g-9a) in 66 games with EDM during his first full NHL season … Led Oilers and ranked second among NHL rookies in shooting percentage (15.6%) … Scored his first career SHG 3/28 vs. CBJ … Made Stanley Cup playoff debut … Tied for team lead in plus/minus (+2) … Tied for second on club in assists (2) … Played his first career playoff game and collected first career playoff point with an assist in Game 5 at DAL on 4/17.
2001-02: Played three games with EDM and scored the first goal of his NHL career 12/18 at NYI … Tallied 77 points (26g-51a), 158 PIM and was +28 in 77 games with Hamilton (AHL) … Named to the AHL First All-Star Team … Voted a starter for the Canadian AHL All-Star Team ... Finished fourth in the AHL in assists and fifth in points ... Set a Hamilton single-season points record and his 51 assists ranked second-best in team history ... Notched 10 points (4g-6a) in 15 playoff games ... Helped the Bulldogs advcanced to Calder Cup Semifinals.
2000-01: Made his NHL debut for EDM 12/9 vs. LA … Netted 54 points (29g-25a) in 78 games with Hamilton … Ranked second on Bulldogs in goals, third in points and fifth in assists … Led Hamilton with eight GWGs.
1999-00: Had 28 points (15g-13a) in 78 games with Hamilton in his first professional season … Ranked sixth on the club in goals.
1998-99: Combined to record 66 points (32g-34a) and 116 penalty minutes in 58 games with Medicine Hat and Brandon (WHL) … Finished third on Brandon in goals and sixth in points … Represented at the World Junior Championship. 1997-98: Led Medicine Hat in goals (34), assists (32) and points (66) in 72 games … Co-winner of team’s MVP award … Made his professional debut and played in four games for Hamilton (AHL). 1996-97: Registered 39 points (16g-23a) in 71 games as a WHL rookie for Medicine Hat.
Has represented Canada three times in major international competitions. 2012-13: Appeared in five games for Chomutov Pirati of the Czech league ... scored one goal. 2008: Appeared in his second World Championship, posting two assists in nine games as Canada won the silver medal. 2007: Made his first appearance in a World Championship, recording six points (1g-5a) in nine games. 1999: Skated in the World Junior Championship in WPG, Manitoba … Recorded 2-2-4 and two penalty minutes in seven games.
EDM's fifth-round pick, 121st overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft ... Acquired by PHX with a third-round pick (later traded to CAR - later traded to NY Rangers - NY Rangers selected Billy Ryan) in the 2004 Entry Draft from EDM in exchange for NJ's second-round pick (previously acquired, EDM selected Geoff Paukovich) and BUF's fourth-round pick (previously acquired, EDM selected Liam Reddox) in the 2004 Entry Draft, June 26, 2004 ... Acquired by CBJ with Cale Hulse and Michael Rupp from PHX in exchange for Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman, Oct. 8, 2005 ... Acquired by Washington from CBJ in exchange for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina, Dec. 28, 2009.
Enjoys playing golf in the offseason .. Favorite hockey memory is of winning the World Championship ... Credits his parents as his role models for their work ethic.