An Ottawa native, he was one of two Senators (Turris) who was named to Team Canada's roster for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship at the end of last season but did not play due to injury.
2013-14: Established new career highs in goals (six), assists (17) and points (23) ... Averaged greater than 20 minutes of time-on-ice for the fifth consecutive season while averaging a season career high of 22:45 ... Tied for 17th among NHL defencemen with 181 hits ... Tied for second among Senators defencemen (Wiercioch) in scoring ... Registered the first game-winning goal of his NHL career on Nov. 7 vs Montreal (4-1 win).
2014-15 Season high: Blocked shots: None
Career game highs: Goals: 1 (15x) last: 3/10/14 vs Nashville (4-3 OT loss); Assists: 2 (5x) last: 4/8/14 at N.Y. Islanders (4-1 win); Points: 2 (7x) last: (0-2), 4/8/14 at N.Y. Islanders (4-1 win)
When things aren't going well for us in this city [Toronto], I think there is a lot of overanalyzing going on. You've got the most passionate fans in the world here and a lot of (media) coverage, so you know there's going to be a lot of people giving their two cents worth on us.
— Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk after a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday