Steve Eminger
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 10/31/1983
DRAFTED: WSH: 2002-12 overall
* Team is 17-5-2 on the year with him in the lineup
* Was +3 in Game 6
* Scored his first career playoff goal and was +1 in Game 4
A fifth-year professional who has spent his entire career in Washington.

Set a career high in games (68) and assists (16) … Finished second among Caps defensemen in points (17) and assists (16) … Tied for seventh on the team in assists … Recorded 10 of his 17 points at home (10a) … Second on the team and tied for seventh in the NHL with three shorthanded assists … Fourth on the team with an ice time average of 18:56 … Second among Caps defensemen with 3:18 of shorthanded ice time per game … Played 20-plus minutes 23 times … Seventh on team in PIM (63) … Posted two assists in overtime play, two of his four assists on GWGs … Fourth on the team with 83 blocked shots … Team went 11-2-2 when he had a point … Enjoyed his best month of the season in January, recording eight points (1g-7a) and a +4 rating while averaging 22:23 of ice time … Posted two assists, his first multiple-point game of the season, 1/4 vs. MTL … Was +9 in nine games from 12/30-1/18 … Had a three-game assist/point streak from 1/4-1/9, with four assists and a +5 rating in that time … Led the team in ice time in seven straight games from 1/11-1/27 … Posted two points (1g-1a) at OTT (1/16).

2005-06: Set career highs in goals (5) and points (18) … Skated in 66 games and had 13 assists … Finished third among Capitals defensemen and 13th on the team with 18 points … Second on the team with 120 blocked shots … Ranked third on the team with 21:16 of average ice time … Nine of his points came in the second period and 11 came at home (4g-7a) … His 13 assists went to nine different players … Scored his first NHL goal 10/10 vs. NYR at 19:59 of the second period … After scoring no goals in his first 61 NHL games, he had two in his next three (10/10 and 10/13) … Had his first three career multiple-point games in a span of five outings (10/13, 10/16 and 10/22) … Runner-up for the NHL’s Defensive Player of the Week award on 10/17 … Played his 100th career game 1/12 at DAL … Missed 16 games with a lower-body injury (1/16 to 3/4).
2004-05: Spent his second pro season with Portland (AHL) … Finished second among club defensemen with 20 points (3g-17a) in 62 games … Totaled 40 PIM and 82 shots … Scored the Pirates’ first goal of the year 10/16 vs. St. John’s (1g-1a) … Started the season with a four-game point-scoring streak.
2003-04: Split the season between Washington, playing 41 games, and Portland, playing 41 games … Started the season in Washington, but was reassigned 1/12 … Had assists in three of the last four games for Portland … Appeared in all seven playoff games for the Pirates, recording one assist.
2002-03: Made the Capitals out of training camp as a rookie and appeared in 17 games, recording two assists … Made his NHL debut 10/11 vs. NSH … Recorded his first NHL point, an assist, 11/26 at TOR … Represented Canada at the World Junior Championship … Returned to Kitchener (OHL) following the World Juniors.

Junior Career
Enjoyed a standout four-year career in the OHL, appearing in 191 games for the Kitchener Rangers.
2002-03: Led Kitchener to the Memorial Cup Championship … Averaged more than a point per game in the regular season (29 points in 23 games) … Added 11 points (3g-8a) in 21 playoff games … Named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team and the OHL Second All-Star Team.
2001-02: Appeared in 64 games for Kitchener, recording 19 goals and 39 assists … Ranked second on the team in assists and tied for third in points (58) … Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team … Played in four playoff games, notching two assists.

Represented Canada in the 2003 World Junior Championship … Recorded two assists in six games while helping Team Canada to a silver medal … Won a gold medal with Canada’s Under-18 team at the 2000 Four Nations Tournament.

NHL Transactions
Selected by the Capitals in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.

Supports the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization … Lists golf and bowling as his favorite sports other than hockey … Lists “Touching the Void” as his favorite book and “Dumb and Dumber” as his favorite movie.