Played 72 games and was tied for third among Caps defensemen with 13 points (3g-10a) … Tied his career high with three goals … Six of his 10 assists were against division opponents … Played his 300th NHL game 12/10 vs. BOS … Scored the OT goal at NYR on his birthday (12/23), capping a comeback from a 4-0 deficit
… Registered a season-high five blocked shots on 12/26 vs. BUF … Recorded his second goal of the season and was +3 on 2/14 at TB … Had five points (2g-3a) in Feb., matching his point total from the first four months of the season … Played a season-high 22:37 on 3/1 vs. FLA … Posted two assists, tying a career high, and was +2 at TB (3/19) … Appeared in all 14 Stanley Cup playoff games … Tallied an assist in Game 6 of the ECSF at PIT (5/11).
Played in 76 games and had 10 points (1g-9a) … Finished the season with a +4 rating … Fourth on the team with an average 20:16 TOI and fifth with 63 PIM … Led the team in ice time in three games … Ranked fourth on the team with 89 blocked shots … Was +14 in the 55 games he played in under Bruce Boudreau … Had an assist in each of the first two games under Boudreau (11/23 and 11/24) … Was a +3 in a team-high 25:47 vs. OTT (1/1) … His lone goal of the season (2/26 vs. MIN) was the game-winner … Played all seven games of the ECQF against PHI, despite suffering a broken jaw.
2006-07: Ranked third among Caps defensemen with 13 points (3g-10a) in 78 games … Second on the team with a career-high 106 PIM … Second on the team with 120 blocked shots … Ranked second on the team and first among defensemen with 112 hits … Tied for third on the team at +3 … Had a +9 rating in the last 23 games … Led the team with 28.8 shifts per game … Finished third on the team in ice time, second among defensemen, at 20:57 per game … Skated at least 20 minutes 49 times and led the team in ice time three times … Led all Caps in shorthanded ice time at 4:15 per game … Team was 6-2-3 when he tallied a point … Scored all three of his goals in the first period … Racked up 17 PIM at NYR (12/30) … Had 2a at CGY (10/30) and at NYI (3/10) … Was a season high +4 in a 7-1 win vs. TB (3/18) … Played his 200th NHL game on 4/3 vs. FLA.
2005-06: Played in 80 of 82 games, including each of the last 76 … Second on the team and first among defensemen with a +7 rating … Led the team in blocked shots with 131 … Fourth among Capitals defensemen with 14 points (1g-13a) … Led the team in ice time in eight games … Led the team with three shorthanded assists … Had a +7 rating, without a minus game, in a 12-game stretch (10/16-11/15) … Posted his first career Capitals point with an assist at TB (10/28) … Went 16 games without a minus rating (+3 from 11/23-1/1) … Scored his first goal as a Capital vs. CAR (4/7) … Went nine straight games without a minus rating from 3/22-4/7, with four points (1g-3a) and +10 in that time.
2004-05: Played 71 games for Portland (AHL) ... Led Pirates defensemen in goals (4) and finished second in points (18) ... Three of his four goals came on the power play ... Scored two goals against Springfield (11/5).
2003-04: His rookie NHL season, appeared in 30 games for BOS, three games for the Capitals and 31 combined AHL games for Providence and Portland … Started the season with Providence, and was recalled by BOS after 18 games (12/29) … Appeared in his first game with the Bruins at WSH (12/29), recording an assist, his first NHL point … Scored his first NHL goal and added an assist for his first NHL multiple-point game vs. TOR (1/1) … Tallied assists in a career-high three consecutive games from 2/1-2/5 (4a), including a career-high two assists and +3 rating at BUF (2/5) … Made his Capitals debut vs. PHI (3/6) … After three games with the Capitals, was reassigned to Portland (AHL) ... In 13 games with the Pirates, had five points (1g-4a) and was +8.
2002-03: His first professional season, played in 11 games for BOS and 60 games for Providence, recording five goals and 16 assists … Was recalled five times by Boston throughout the season … Made his NHL debut at TOR (11/19) … Appeared in four playoff games for Providence, recording six PIM.
Played three seasons of major junior hockey with Kamloops (WHL), appearing in 179 games and totaling 25 goals and 57 assists for 82 points.
2001-02: His final season in the WHL, appeared in 61 games for Kamloops, recording 11 goals and a career-high 26 assists … Led team defensemen in scoring.
2000-01: In 61 games for Kamloops, tallied 38 points (13g-25a) and 132 PIM … Was named the team’s top defenseman.
1999-00: His first season of major junior hockey, scored one goal and added six assists in 57 games.
Selected by Boston in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft … Traded to the Capitals by Boston with a first- (Jeff Schultz) and second-round choice (Mikhail Yunkov) in the 2004 Entry Draft for Sergei Gonchar, March 3, 2004.
Supports cancer research efforts … Enjoys swimming and golfing in his spare time … Favorite sport is basketball and favorite athlete is Steve Nash … Favorite tourist attraction in Washington, D.C., is the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.