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Bio/News2008-09 SEASON: Appeared in five games with the Rangers, registering one goal and one assist. ... Recorded his first career point with an assist in his second NHL game on Dec. 27 vs. New Jersey. ... Made his NHL debut on Dec. 7 against Calgary. ... Also skated in 67 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points, along with 82 penalty minutes. ... Established a career-high in goals and tied his career-high in points. ... Led all Hartford defensemen in goals, and ranked second among team defensemen in assists and points. ... Recorded nine multi-point efforts during the season, including his first career multi-goal game on Feb. 13 against Lake Erie. ... Finished tied for second on the Wolf Pack in post-season scoring with four points, and ranked second on the club with three assists in six playoff contests.
2007-08 SEASON: Appeared in 80 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording five goals and 27 assists for 32 points, along with 102 penalty minutes ... Led the team in games played, appearing in all 80 games ... Also ranked fourth on the club in penalty minutes (102) ... Ranked third among team defensemen in points (32) and assists (27), and tied for third in goals (five) ... Posted seven multiple-point games ... Recorded two, three-game points streaks ... Appeared in five playoff games with Hartford, recording one assist and 14 penalty minutes.
AHL CAREER: Appeared in 110 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording seven goals and 35 assists for 42 points, along with 123 penalty minutes. 2006-07: In 30 games with the Wolf Pack, posted two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 21 penalty minutes... Tied for second on the team in plus-minus (+10) ... Collected one goal and two assists in a 7-2 win on Mar. 28 vs. Bridgeport, earning First Star honors ... Registered an assist in his AHL debut on Feb. 7 at Providence... Skated in seven post-season games with the Wolf Pack, recording one goal and four assists, along with 12 penalty minutes... Led Wolf Pack defensemen in post-season points (five) ... Notched his first post-season goal in Game Six of the Atlantic Division Semifinals on Apr. 28 vs. Providence ... Assisted on the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Wolf Pack victory in Game Five at Providence on Apr. 26 ... Registered a pair of assists and posted a plus-three rating in his pro playoff debut in Game One on Apr. 18 vs. Providence.
ECHL CAREER: 2006-07: In 43 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), registered six goals and 13 assists for 19 points, along with 56 penalty minutes... Ranked first in points and goals among defensemen at the time of his recall ... Prior to his recall to Hartford on Feb. 5, recorded a six-game point scoring streak from Oct. 26 to Nov. 10, posting one goal and six assists over the span ... Notched his first professional goal, a power play tally, on Oct. 28 at Florida ... Registered an assist, his first professional point, on Oct. 26 at Florida.
COLLEGE CAREER: Appeared in 150 games with the Michigan State Spartans, registering eight goals and 36 assists for 44 points, along with a plus-35 rating and 283 penalty minutes. 2002-03: Skated in 35 games, tallying four goals and four assists for eight points ... Three of his four tallies were game-winners ... Recorded his first collegiate goal, the game-winner on Oct. 12 vs. Colgate. 2003-04: Played in 38 games, posting eight assists ... Earned Michigan State's Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player Award. 2004-05: Appeared in 32 games, tallying six assists ... Led the Spartans in penalty minutes with 73 ... Tied for second on Michigan State in plus/minus (plus-15) ... Received the Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player Award for the second-straight year. 2005-06: Appeared in all 45 games for Michigan State, one of only five Spartans to hold that distinction ... Tallied four goals and 18 assists for 22 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 117 penalty minutes ... Earned the John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player Award for the third time in four years ... Also captured the Bill Burgess Outstanding Senior Award ... Earned Honorable Mention All-CCHA honors ... Recorded career-highs in assists (18) and points (22) ... Only Spartan to register a point in each of the three CCHA Quarterfinal games against Alaska Fairbanks, posting one goal and four assists over the span.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Represented the United States in several international contests ... Spent two years with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. 2000: Played for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team, winning the Gold Medal at the 2000 World Under-17 Challenge in Nova Scotia. 2001: Played for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. 2002: Member of team USA, which captured the Under-18 World Championship in March 2002 ... Registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 66 games in 2001-02. 2004: Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championships, marking the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. at the tournament.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 21, 2003 - Rangers third choice, 122nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.