|BIRTHPLACE:||Sudbury, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||COL: 2008-50 overall|
|OHL Second All-Star Team (2009, 2010)|
|2011-12: Ranked first among Lake Erie defensemen in goals (6) and was second in both assists (21) and points (27) during his second AHL season…Posted a team-high +17 plus/minus rating…Appeared in 75 of Lake Erie’s 76 games…Finished second on the club in power-play assists (9).
2010-11: Spent most of his first professional season with Lake Erie (AHL) but also saw time with the Avalanche…Appeared in 61 games for the Lake Erie Monsters, collecting 22 points (2g/20a) with a +13 plus/minus rating and 84 penalty minutes…Led all Monsters defensemen in both assists and points…Also skated in 11 games for the Avalanche, tallying one goal…Had 16 PIM with the Avs, including two fighting majors…Was first recalled by Colorado on Feb. 12 and made his NHL debut that night in Nashville…Scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 16 vs. Pittsburgh…Was reassigned to Lake Erie on March 5, recalled again on March 24 and reassigned on March 29…Recalled by Colorado for the third time on March 31 but suffered a hand injury that evening against Nashville, forcing him to miss the final six games of the season.
2009-10: Earned Ontario Hockey League Second All-Star Team honors for the second straight year after totaling 37 points (6g/31a) in 55 games with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors…Finished third in voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s top defenseman for the second consecutive season…Served as Mississauga’s captain and finished second on the team in penalty minutes (112) and plus/minus (+29)…Missed five weeks from Feb. 5 to March 11 due to a shoulder injury…Named to the Eastern Conference squad for the 2010 OHL All-Star Classic, where he served as an assistant captain…Finished third in the voting for “Smartest Player” in the Eastern Conference Coaches Poll and tied for third in the “Best Playmaker” category…Served as an assistant captain for Team OHL at the 2009 Subway Super Series…Posted a team-best 13 assists in 16 postseason contests for Mississauga.
2008-09: Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team after recording 64 points (17g/47a) and 110 penalty minutes in 67 games for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors…Finished third in voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman…Ranked fifth among league defensemen in scoring…Earned Mississauga’s Most Valuable Player and Tim Horton Defenseman of the Year awards…Led the Majors in assists and plus/minus (+28) and was second in points…Was tabbed by league coaches as the Eastern Conference’s “Best Defensive Defenseman” and second-best “Offensive Defenseman”…Garnered OHL Defenseman of the Month honors for December after totaling 16 points (4g/12a) in 11 games…Selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team for the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic…Named the OHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 14…Suited up for Team OHL at the 2008 Canada-Russia Challenge, totaling a pair of assists in two contests…Led Mississauga defensemen in playoff scoring with 10 points (4g/6a) in 11 games…Following the season, signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche on May 11, 2009.
2007-08: Was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in his first season with Mississauga…Led all team blueliners with 40 points (10g/30a) in 63 games…Finished 12th among league rookies in scoring…Recipient of the Majors’ Tim Horton Defenseman of the Year Award…Added one assist in four playoff contests.
2006-07: Recorded 14 points (2g/12a) in 45 games with the Markham Waxers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year.
Other: Spent 11 years with the Markham Waxers organization, where he was a teammate of fellow 2008 draftee Steven Stamkos.
Personal: Last name is pronounced GAWNS.