A first-year pro who led all NCAA defensemen in goals last year with 16 in 38 games ... Has played in 334 straight regular-season games dating back to his days in the USHL.
Completed his college career as a senior at St. Lawrence (SLU) in ECAC Hockey … Set a school record by playing in all 154 games of his college career … Named to the NCAA East First All-America Team by the American Hockey Coaches Association … Was a first-team All-ECAC Hockey selection and named team MVP… Led all NCAA Division I defensemen with 16 goals in 38 games … Tied for the team lead in goals … Added nine assists and finished fourth on the team with 25 points … Had five PPGs and a team-high four GWGs … Played a key role in the best team defense for the Saints since the 1950s.
2007-08: Played in all 37 games for SLU … Earned third-team All-ECAC Hockey honors and won the Pete McGeough Award as the most outstanding team defenseman … Tied for third on the team with eight goals … Tied for fifth with 12 assists … Tied for fourth with 20 points … Had three PPGs … Third on the team with 36 PIM. 2006-07: Played in all 39 games for SLU … Had 10 points (2g-10a) …Scored both of his goals on the opening weekend of the season against Niagara … Third on the team with 48 PIM. 2005-06: Played in all 40 games for SLU … Tied for fourth on the team with 15 assists … Had 16 points … Had only 30 PIM, which
ended up being his career low for a season … First collegiate point was an assist and came in the first game of the season at Wisconsin. 2004-05: Played in all 60 games for Cedar Rapids (USHL) and helped the team win the Clark Cup and Anderson Cup … Had 20 points (4g-16a) … Led the team with 149 PIM, 56 more than his next closest teammate … Had one goal and 14 PIM in eight playoff games. 2003-04: Skated in all 60 games for Cedar Rapids … Tallied 21 points (6g-15a) …Led team with 139 PIM, 74 more than his next closest teammate … Had one goal and one assist in four playoff games. 2002-03: Played in all 60 games for Cedar Rapids … Registered eight points (2g-6a) … Second on the team with 91 PIM … Had 12 PIM in seven playoff games.
Signed as a free agent by Washington, March 25, 2009.
Lists Bobby Orr as his hockey hero … Grew up a Blackhawks fan … Favorite hockey memory is winning the USHL’s Anderson and Clark Cups with Cedar Rapids … Favorite sports other than hockey are lacrosse and tennis … If he weren’t playing hockey, he would be continuing his education and pursuing a career in architecture.