2006-07 SEASON: Skated in 41 games with Carolina, registering three goals and 11 assists, along with 30 penalty minutes … Established career-highs in games played (41), assists (11), points (14), and penalty minutes (30) … Led all Hurricanes defensemen in power-play points (eight) and assists (six) … Tied for third among team defensemen in scoring with 14 points … Collected six assists in his last nine games … Carolina was 22-15-4 with him in the lineup … Registered a pair of assists on Jan. 20 vs. Tampa Bay … Recorded two assists on Jan. 11 vs. Florida … Matched his career high for points in a game with a goal and an assist on Oct. 25 vs. Atlanta … Made his season debut and notched his first point of the season with a power-play goal on Oct. 11 at Florida.
2005-06 SEASON: Skated in 36 games with Carolina, registering three goals and eight assists ... eturned to action on April 1 at Atlanta for the first time since undergoing wrist surgery ... Missed 21 games due to a wrist injury ... Recorded two assists on Dec. 2 at Dallas ... Collected a pair of power-play assists on Nov. 25 vs. Toronto ... Missed four games due to a hip flexor injury … Made Hurricanes debut on opening night on Oct. 5 at Tampa Bay ...Was a healthy extra for all 25 games of the Hurricanes' run to the Stanley Cup.
2003-04 SEASON: Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) to Nashville six times and tied for second among Nashville rookies with eight points (four goals and four assists) while skating 18 NHL games ... Scored the overtime game-winner for Nashville on Feb. 28 vs. NY Rangers ... Made his NHL debut on Oct. 18 vs. Columbus ... Notched his first NHL goal on Jan. 8 vs. Colorado.
AHL CAREER: 2001-02: Made his professional debut with Milwaukee following the completion of his senior season at Michigan State … Skated in five games and earned his first professional point, an assist, on March 29 vs. Grand Rapids ... Signed his first professional contract with Nashville on Mar. 25, 2002. 2002- 03: Split his first full professional season between Milwaukee (AHL) and Toledo (ECHL) ... Led all Milwaukee defensemen in goals (nine), multiple-point games (seven) and power-play goals (four) ... Finished the season with 26 points (nine goals and 17 assists) in 63 AHL games ... Tallied two goals and earned five assists for seven points in 10 ECHL games with Toledo. 2003-04: Recorded 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists) and 39 penalty minutes in 46 regular-season games for Milwaukee ... Played for the PlanetUSA All-Stars at the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic ... Led Milwaukee defensemen in goals (five), assists (11) and points (16) in the playoffs, as Milwaukee captured the 2004 Calder Cup championship. 2004-05: Scored 10 goals and earned 35 assists for
45 points in 76 games, setting new AHL career-highs for games played (76), goals (10), assists (35), points (45) and penalty minutes (79) ... Ranked second among Admirals defensemen in scoring with 45 points ... Notched a goal and three assists to help the Admirals to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Russia ... Tallied three goals and one assist while playing in all seven contests.
COLLEGE CAREER: Played four seasons with Michigan State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), totaling 19 goals and 59 assists (78 points) in 159 collegiate games. 1998-99: Earned an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team ...Was named CCHA Rookie of the Week twice and led all Michigan State rookies with 12 assists ... 1999-00: Finished his sophomore season ranked fifth among Michigan State skaters with 12 assists and ranked fourth on the team with 64 penalty minutes ... Named to the CCHA All-Tournament team. 2000-01: Named CCHA’s best defenseman in his junior season ... Led the Spartans in shots (125), ranked third on the team with a plus-17 rating and was a CCHA Second Team All-Conference selection ... Named to the CCHA All-
Tournament team. 2001-02: Named a second-team All-American following his senior season at Michigan State ... Opened the season by playing in Michigan State’s outdoor game against Michigan in front of 74,554 fans at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 26, 1999: Nashville’s fourth choice (second round), 54th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. June 29, 2005: Acquired by Carolina on from Nashville in exchange for Phoenix’s third round selection in 2005. July 17, 2007: Acquired by the Rangers from the Carolina Hurricanes with center Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in exchange
for center Matt Cullen.
BACKGROUND: Spends his off-seasons in East Lansing, Michigan ... Nickname is “Hutch” ... Is involved with the Garth Brooks “Teammates For Kids” Foundation ... His biggest hockey influence was his father ... His first job was working as a valet at a hotel ... His hero growing up was Michael Jordan ... Also played basketball and baseball growing up ... Favorite bands are U2 and Pearl Jam ... Favorite book is The DaVinci Code ... Favorite movie is Anchorman ... Had a party at his home in East Lansing
during his day with the Stanley Cup and then took the trophy out on the town … Married: wife, Andrea; son, Cole.
LONGEST POINT STREAK: 2, (seven times), last - 1/20 – 1/26/07 (three assists)
LONGEST GOAL STREAK: None
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 2, (seven times), last – 1/20/07 – 1/26/07 (three assists)
MOST GOALS, GAME: 1, (10 times), last – Oct. 25, 20076vs. Atl. (Lehtonen)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (five times), last – Jan. 20, 2007 vs. T.B.
MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, (seven times), last – Jan. 20, 2007 vs. T.B.
MOST PIM, GAME: 4, (three times), last – Jan. 26, 2007 vs. Wsh.
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 4, Jan. 13, 2006 vs. Nsh.
FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 18, 2003 vs. Columbus
FIRST NHL GOAL: Jan. 8, 2004 at Col. (Aebischer)