New York Rangers
Jeff Woywitka
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JeffWoywitka
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 227
BIRTHDATE: 09/01/1983
BIRTHPLACE: Vermilion, AB, CAN
DRAFTED: PHI: 2001-27 overall
WHL East Second All-Star Team (2002) WHL East First All-Star Team (2003) Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Rob Schremp) in 2004 Entry Draft and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Danny Syvret) in 2005 Entry Draft for Mike Comrie, December 16, 2003. Traded to St. Louis by Edmonton with Eric Brewer and Doug Lynch for Chris Pronger, August 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 7, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, August 15, 2011. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Montreal, October 6, 2011. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 2, 2012.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2010-11: Registered two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 63 games with Dallas. ... Woywitka tallied two multi-point performances, the first two of his career, on March 9 vs. Calgary (two assists) and April 3 at Anaheim (one goal, one assist). He also recorded three assists in a five-game span from Nov. 24 at Ottawa to Dec. 2 vs. Washington. 2009-10: Played in a season-high 21:05 minutes on March 16 for Dallas vs. San Jose. ... Registered his first point at home (assist) Jan. 8 vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Had a career-high six shots on goal Dec. 26 at Colorado. ... Collected his first point (assist) as a Star on Oct. 24 at St. Louis. ... Dallas went 2-0-1 when he collected a point. 2008-09: Skated in 65 games with St. Louis, registering three goals and 15 assists for 18 points and 57 penalty minutes with a plus-8 rating, all personal highs at the NHL level. ... Had points in a career-high three-straight games (1-2-3) from Jan. 19-29. ... Scored his first career power-play goal and first career game-winning goal on Jan. 21 at Chicago. ... Averaged 18:28 time-on-ice per game. ... Appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Blues, going scoreless. 2007-08: Played in 27 games with St. Louis, registering eight points (2-6-8) along with 12 penalty minutes. ... Averaged 16:04 of time-on-ice and posted a plus-2 rating. 2006-07: Recorded his first career NHL goal on March 17 for St. Louis at Edmonton. ... Registered two assists in the Blues’ 3-2 overtime victory on March 1 at New York Islanders. ... 2005-06: Made his NHL debut on Oct. 6 vs. Detroit and registered two penalty minutes. ...  Recorded his first career NHL point (assist) on  March 23 vs. Calgary.

AHL CAREER
2008-09: Appeared in seven games with Peoria, earning seven assists. 2007-08: Skated in 52 games with Peoria, notching 30 points (10-20-30) and 35 penalty minutes. ... Led Peoria in plus-minus rating with a plus-15. 2006-07: Spent the majority of the season at Peoria, collecting 18 assists in 41 games. 2005-06: Spent the majority of the season with Peoria, notching 15 points (1-14-15) and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games played. 2004-05: Skated in 80 games for the Edmonton RoadRunners, posting a then career-high six goals. ... Tallied 26 points (6-20-26) along with 84 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Split the season with Philadelphia and Toronto of the AHL. ... Recorded career highs in games played (82), and points (28) and assists (24).

JUNIOR CAREER
2002-03: Played in his fourth season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL), notching career highs in goals (16), assists (36) and points (52). ... Was named to the WHL East Division  First All-Star Team. ... Was honored with the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s best defenseman. 2001-02: Tied a career-high in games played (72), collecting 37 points (14-23-37) along with 109 penalty minutes. ... Notched a career-high 12 playoff points (2-10-12). 2000-01: Played in a career-high 72 matches, registering 35 points (7-28-35) along with a career-high 113 penalty minutes helping Red Deer capture the Memorial Cup. ... Was named to the WHL East Division Second All-Star Team. 1999-00: Appeared in 67 games collecting 16 points (4-12-16) in his rookie season with Red Deer.

BACKGROUND
A big country music fan, his favorite artists include George Strait, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Sugarland. ... Lists Nashville as his favorite road city. ... Says if he could play a different sport other than hockey that it would be football. ... Lists Las Vegas, Mexico, Australia and Switzerland as places he would like to visit. ... Says Dairy Queen is his favorite fast food. ... Favorite home-cooked meal is steak and a baked potato. ... Favorite TV show is "Two and a Half Men". ... Favorite game show is "Wheel of Fortune". ... Enjoys Cafe Mochas from Starbucks.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 23, 2001 -- Selected by Philadelphia in the first round, No. 27 overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Dec. 16, 2003 -- Traded by Philadelphia with Philadelphia’s first-round choice in the 2004 Entry Draft and third-round choice in the 2005 Entry Draft to Edmonton in exchange for Mike Comrie. Aug. 2, 2005 -- Traded by Edmonton with Eric Brewer and Doug Lynch to St. Louis in exchange for Chris Pronger. July 7, 2009 -- Signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent. Aug. 15, 2011 -- Signed with Montreal as an unrestricted free agent. Oct. 6, 2011 -- Claimed by N.Y. Rangers off waivers from Montreal.

CAREER HIGHS

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 3 from Jan. 19, 2009, to Jan. 29, 2009 (one goal and two assists)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 2, (five times) (last -- Nov. 29, 2010, to Dec. 2, 2010) (two assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 1, (eight times) (last -- April 3, 2011) (Dallas at Anaheim)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (three times) (last -- March 9, 2011) (Calgary at Dallas)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, (five times) (last -- April 3, 2011) (Dallas at Anaheim) (one goal, one assist)

MOST PIM, GAME: 10 on Dec. 16, 2008 (St. Louis vs. Calgary)

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 6 on Dec. 26, 2009 (Dallas at Colorado)

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 6, 2005 (St. Louis vs. Detroit)

FIRST NHL GOAL: March 17, 2007 (St. Louis at Edmonton)

FIRST NHL ASSIST:
March 23, 2006 (St. Louis vs. Calgary)

CAREER IN THE SHOOTOUT

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