|NUMBER:||21||BIRTHDATE:||February 21, 1984 (AGE 30)|
|HEIGHT:||5' 11"||BIRTHPLACE:||Canton, MI, United States|
|WEIGHT:||203||DRAFTED:||CHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Right||ROUND:||5th (156th overall)|
Career: Represented USA at 2008 IIHF World Championships (6GP-1G-2A-3P) as well as 2003 & '04 (Gold Medal, 1st in national team history) World Junior Championships (13GP-2G-7A-9P combined)… Also won 1st World U18 Championship Gold Medal in USA history in 2002 (3GP-3G-1A-2P)… Played 4 seasons (2000-04) in OHL with Plymouth (217GP-52G-135A-187P)… Named OHL/CHL Defenceman of the Year in 2004.
2013-14: Matched career high with 51P (2010-11), setting new CBJ record for most points/assists (44) by a D in a season... Finished 9th in the NHL in PPP (28, 3rd among D)... Tallied 200th career NHL point (assist) on 11/7 vs. NYR... Matched career high with 3 points (1G-2A) on 10/22 vs. NJD.
2012-13: Finished 3rd on CBJ in TOI (22:49/game) and 2nd in PP TOI (3:16/game)... Skated in 400th career NHL game on 4/12 vs. STL
Personal: Nickname: ‘Wiz’… Is an avid golfer... Favorite player growing up: Chris Chelios… Nephew of former NHL player (PIT, DET, CHI, NYR), head coach (DET) and FLA scout Billy Dea.
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There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.