|BIRTHPLACE:||Windsor, ON, CAN|
|Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 1, 2008. Traded to Colorado by Calgary with Lawrence Nycholat and Montreal's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Stefan Elliott) in 2009 Entry Draft for Jordan Leopold, March 4, 2009.|
Appeared in 59 games for the Avalanche, tallying 21 points (1g/20a) with a +11 plus/minus rating…His 20 assists were a career best, while his 21 points matched his personal high set in 2009-10…Led all team defensemen and ranked second overall on the Avalanche in plus/minus…Finished second among Colorado defensemen in assists and was third in points…Recorded three fighting majors…Had a three-game point streak, Oct. 12-15, tying his career long…Registered a career-high three assists on Nov. 4 at Dallas, which was also his career best for points in a single game…Left after one shift on Dec. 6 at Vancouver due to a head injury, forcing him to miss 13 games from Dec. 8 to Jan. 2…Placed on IR, Dec. 12 (retroactive to Dec. 6) and activated on Jan. 4…Missed two games due to a groin injury, Jan. 21-22, and one due to illness, Feb. 15…Did not dress on April 5 vs. Columbus (torso).
2010-11: Appeared in 67 games for Colorado, tallying 16 points (3g/13a) and 68 penalty minutes…Finished third on the team in both hits (135) and blocked shots (110)…Ranked third on the club with six fighting majors…Made his first appearance on an Opening Night roster…Missed five games due to a leg injury, Nov. 4-13…Skated in his 100th NHL game on Jan.24 vs. St. Louis…Logged a career-high 25:45 of ice time on Feb. 12 at Nashville…Left with a knee injury on March 24 vs. Toronto, forcing him to miss four games.
2009-10: Recorded 21 points (3g/18a) and was +13 in 61 games during his rookie season with the Avalanche…Led all Colorado defensemen in plus/ minus rating, the second-best mark on the team (Wojtek Wolski +15)…Finished tied for second among NHL rookies in plus/minus…Ranked tied for fourth among NHL rookie defensemen in scoring…Began the season with Lake Erie (AHL), appearing in three games with the Monsters…Was recalled from Lake Erie on Oct. 12…Made his NHL debut on Oct. 15 at Montreal, posting a +1 rating in 11:34 of ice time…Collected his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 23 vs. Carolina…Scored his first NHL goal and added an assist for his first multi-point game on Nov. 17 at Calgary…Left in the first period on Jan. 18 vs. Edmonton (head), forcing him to miss two games Jan. 22-24…Had a three-game point streak, Feb. 4-8…Missed five games after suffering a head injury on March 17 vs. Calgary…Had points in his final three games to end the year, matching his career-long point streak.
2009-10 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in four of Colorado’s six postseason games…Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the WCQF at San Jose on April 14…Tallied his first career playoff point with an assist in Game 2 at San Jose on April 16.
2008-09: Was acquired by Colorado from Calgary at the March 4 trade deadline…Picked up two assists in eight games with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)…Skated in 60 games for the Quad City Flames (AHL) prior to being traded, tallying 20 points (4g/16a).
2007-08: Played his fifth and final season in the Ontario Hockey League, serving as team captain of the Sarnia Sting…Earned OHL Third Team All-Star status after leading all league blueliners in assists (64) and points (71)…Named the OHL’s Defenseman of the Month for November… Added seven assists in nine playoff outings.
2006-07: Topped all league defensemen in scoring with 75 points and also in assists with 58…Served as Sarnia’s captain…Participated in the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic, notching one assist.
2005-06: Skated in 64 games for the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, recording 61 points (12g/49a) and 145 penalty minutes.
2004-05: Led St. Michael’s defensemen in goals (13), assists (24) and points (37) while racking up 149 PIM…Scored four goals and added five assists in 10 playoff contests.
2003-04: Contributed 25 points (3g/22a) in 58 regular season contests during his rookie season with Toronto St. Michael’s…Topped all team blueliners in postseason scoring with 10 points (3g/7a) in 18 playoff games… Won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2004 World Under-17 Challenge.
Resides in Windsor, Ontario during the offseason…Participates in the Avalanche Player Clinics, teaching the fundaments of ice hockey to local youth players, as well as the “Team Fit” program, which teaches fitness and nutrition.