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Jeff Finger
Jeff Finger
Defenseman
Number: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 209
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 18, 1979
Birthplace: Houghton, MI, United States
Drafted: COL / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (240th overall)
CAREER
2007-08: Completed his first full NHL season, appearing in 72 games…Led all Avalanche defensemen with eight goals…First on the team in hits with 121…Was +12 this year (fourth best on Avs) and is +22 in 94 career games…Colorado is 52-32-10 with Finger in the lineup during the regular season since he made his NHL debut on Feb. 17, 2007…Scored his first career short-handed goal on Nov. 3 vs. Vancouver…Assisted on Wojtek Wolski's overtime winner on Dec. 21 vs. NY Rangers…Scored his first career game-winning goal on Jan. 15 at Tampa Bay…Registered a three-game point streak, Jan. 12-15, longest of his NHL career…Logged a career-high 28:20 of ice time on Feb. 20 at Anaheim…Missed six games due to a hand injury, Feb. 22 to March 4…Had a goal and one assist for his only multi-point game of the year on March 30 at Minnesota. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in five playoff games with the Avalanche, totaling two assists...Registered an assist in his first NHL playoff game, April 9 at Minnesota (Game One, WCQF)...Collected points in each of his first two postseason contests, April 9-11...Led the Avalanche in ice time during the postseason (22:05). 2006-07: Was recalled from Albany (AHL) on Feb. 17 prior to playing his first career NHL game on Feb. 20 vs. Calgary…Appeared in 22 games with the Avalanche, tallying five points (1g/4a) while finishing tied for second on the team in plus/minus with a +10 rating…Plus or even in 19 of his 22 contests, which included 11 “plus” outings…Notched his first NHL point (assist) on Feb. 27 vs. Columbus…Was +4 and scored his first NHL goal on March 1 at Chicago…Appeared in 18 consecutive games from Feb. 20 to March 29…Following the NHL season, Finger was reassigned to Albany for the conclusion of the AHL season…Tallied 13 points (3g/10a) and was +4 in 44 games with the River Rats…He also appeared in five AHL playoff games, notching a goal and one assist. 2005-06: Spent the entire season with Lowell of the American Hockey League, compiling three goals and 20 assists in 70 games…It was his highest scoring season as a professional…Led the team with 116 penalty minutes and ranked third in games played…Joined the Avalanche for the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs but did not see any action. 2004-05: Played his first full season at Hershey (AHL)…Skated in 75 of 80 games…Ranked third on the team with 125 penalty minutes…Was third among Hershey defensemen in points (16) and fourth in assists (12). 2003-04: Began the season in Reading of the ECHL…Assigned to Hershey on Nov. 5…Notched his first point/assist in a Hershey uniform in his American Hockey League debut on Nov. 9 vs. Norfolk…Tallied his first multiple-point game with two assists against Lowell on Nov. 22…Scored his first professional goal at the AHL level on Jan. 10 vs. Albany.

COLLEGE
Left college before his senior year at St. Cloud State to turn pro. 2002-03: Served as an assistant captain in 2002-03…Had his season limited to 24 games due to injury. 2001-02: Led St. Cloud in penalty minutes with 105…Led team blueliners in assists (20) and was tied for first among Husky defenders in points (26)…Part of SCSU’s power play attack, which led the nation with a 31.1% success rate…Played in every game his first two seasons for the Huskies. 2000-01: Won the Roland Vandell Award for Outstanding Freshman Hockey Player at SCSU…Netted his first collegiate goal in his first collegiate game Oct. 13, 2000 vs. Ferris State…WCHA Rookie of the Week for March 5, 2001.

OTHER
Played three seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, earning All-Star status twice…Named Defenseman of the Year for 1999-00 and was the league’s top-scoring defenseman…Helped the Gamblers win the USHL’s Clark Cup in 2000…A 1998 graduate of Houghton (MI) High School, where he gained All-Conference honors as a freshman and junior…Helped Houghton gain runner-up status twice at the Michigan State Tournament…Played one year of AAA Midget hockey as a prep sophomore and helped his team win the state title.
PERSONAL
Spent his summer fishing and traveling…Grew up a Quebec Nordiques fan…Lists the Green Bay Packers as his favorite non-hockey team…Lists Cape Cod as his favorite vacation spot…Lists youtube.com as his favorite website…Was an Education major at St. Cloud State.
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