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Joe Finley
Joe Finley
Left Wing
Number: 59
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 245
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 29, 1987
Birthplace: Edina, MN, United States
Drafted: WSH / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (27th overall)
A defenseman throughout his career, moved to forward in the summer of 2009.


Played 27 games as a senior at North Dakota (WCHA), missing part of the season due to injury … An assistant captain … Posted 10 points (2g-8a) and a +5 rating… Finished his career sixth all-time in penalty minutes for North Dakota with 303… Enjoyed a three-game point streak from 1/9—1/16 (1g-2a) … Had a career-high four points 1/23 vs. Denver (1g-3a) … Named to the WCHA All-Academic team for the third straight season.

2007-08: Played all 43 games as North Dakota reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the third consecutive season … Ranked second among Sioux defensemen with four goals and fourth with 15 points, both career highs … 14 of his points came in conference play, ranking sixth among WCHA defensemen in points … His 79 PIM ranked second on the team … Led the team in plus/minus at +24 … Named to the WCHA All-Academic team. 2006-07: Played 41 games for North Dakota …Scored his first collegiate goal and dished out six assists … Racked up 72 PIM …Led the team with a +19 plus/minus rating … WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending in March 6, following a three-assist game at St. Cloud State (3/3) … Fighting Sioux advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four … Named to the WCHA All-Academic team. 2005-06: Played in 43 of 46 games as a freshman, helping North Dakota reach the NCAA Frozen Four.
Junior Career
2004-05: Played in 55 games for Sioux Falls (USHL) following a two-year high
school career with Edina (Minn.) … Played for Team World in the 2005 USHL
Prospects/All-Star Game.
NHL Transactions
Capitals’ first-round choice, 27th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Majored in management at North Dakota … Considers Chris Pronger his hockey
hero … Top hockey memory is a third-period comeback against Wisconsin in 2007-
08 to advance to the Frozen Four … Also played football and golf while growing up
… Considers Usain Bolt the most exciting athlete and Larry Fitzgerald his favorite
athlete … An avid fisherman.
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