|NUMBER:||5||BIRTHDATE:||October 3, 1983 (AGE 30)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 0"||BIRTHPLACE:||Toronto, ON, Canada|
was named as the teams 19th captain in franchise history on Sept.20 ... celebrated his 30th birthday on Oct.3 picking up a pair of assists in his debut as team captain ... scored his first goal of the season on Oct.6 and had a three game point streak (1+3) ... had a goal and assist on Oct. 11 ... had a pair of assists on Oct. 21 and had 9 points in the first 8 games this season ... broke his ankle on Oct.21 and missed 18 games ... scored a goal and an assist in his return to the line-up on Dec.4 ... played in his 400th career game on Dec.15 ... picked up his 10th assist on Dec.15 ... scored the GTG on Dec.19 ... had the game tying goal with 4 seconds remaining and added an assist on Dec.23 ... played a career high 33:32 and had a goal on Jan.18 ... had a nine game point streak 4+6=10 Jan.14-Feb.1 setting a career high and tying the team high this season ... picked up his 20th assist on Mar.1 ... had 2 assists on Mar. 7 and now has a 4 game point streak (1+5)
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.