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Height: 6' 5"
Born: Feb 3, 1982
Birthplace: Fargo, ND, United States
CAREER: 2005-06: Scored 24 points in 78 games in his rookie year… Missed three games due to head injury… Scored Buffalo's only regulation goal in 2-1 SO win @ Philadelphia (12/19)... Scored first career NHL goal (against Marc-Andre Fleury) vs. Pittsburgh (10/10)... Picked up his first NHL point by assisting on Kotalik's goal vs. Boston (10/7)... 2006 PLAYOFFS: Four points (0+4) in 18 games... One of 11 Sabres to play in all 18 playoff games... Had three assists vs. Philadelphia (4/24).
2004-05: Appeared in 76 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL), collecting 43 points (18+25)…Tied for team lead in playoff points with 11 (6+5)…Set career-high in goals (18)…Finished the regular season with 43 points (18+25)…Picked up two goals @ Manitoba on 3/5…Scored two goals against Philadelphia on 1/21…Scored two goals @ Utah on 12/8.
2003-04: Ranked second on Amerks with 169 penalty minutes…Was sixth in points (31) and fourth in assists (22)… Scored first goal of season with short-handed tally vs. Toronto (10/17)…2004 PLAYOFFS: Ranked ninth in AHL postseason with 10 assists…Picked up goal and assist against Syracuse (4/21)…Recorded goal and two assists in game five win over Syracuse (4/25)… Scored game-winning goal and added assist in game one win @ Hamilton (5/05).
2002-03: Made NHL debut against Colorado (3/24) after being recalled from Rochester…Named Rochester’s Unsung Hero and the Booster Club’s Most Improved Player…The lone Amerk to play in all 80 games…Finished tied for third with 53 points (14+39)…Ranked second on team with 39 assists and was fourth with 137 PIMs…His 39 assists were most by Amerk rookie since Barrie Moore’s 29 in 1995-96…Was tied for eighth in rookie scoring and finished second in assists…Led all rookies with 51 minor penalties…Reassigned to Rochester, 3/25…Had five-game point streak (1+6) from 2/28 to 3/07…Recorded second multi-goal game of career @ Cincinnati (1/11)… Scored first professional goal @ Cleveland (11/15)…Named November’s Mary Cariola VIP Player of the Month for community service…Recorded first professional point/assist vs. Hamilton (10/14).
2001-02: Voted team captain of the Portland Winter Hawks…Registered career highs in goals (36), assists (44) and points (80)… Started season with nine goals in first 13 games and posted points in 10 of his first 13 games…Chosen to play for the Western Conference in the 2002 Hershey Cup All-Star Series (2/06)…Scored three points (2+1), including the goal that tied the game 2-2 and the goal to break a 3-3 tie, in the West’s 9-4 win…Posted 10-game point streak, (6+14), from 12/14 to 1/08…Voted by peers as “Most Improved” in the annual “Best of the West” poll conducted by the Tri-City Herald…Voted by teammates as team MVP.
2000-01: Fired the hardest shot in the history of the Winter Hawks’ Skills Challenge in the 2001 event (97 MPH)…Ranked behind Spokane’s Brandin Cote by peers in voting for “Top Defensive Forward” in the “Best of the West” poll conducted by the Tri-City Herald…Western Conference nominee for WHL Humanitarian of the Year in part because of his work with Emmanuel Children’s Hospital…Recorded first career multiple goal game, a hat trick, in a 5-2 win over Seattle (3/09)…In WHL Playoffs, scored 10 goals in 16 playoff games after scoring just 11 times in 70 regular-season games…Finished behind only to Red Deer’s Martin Erat in playoff goals per game (.625), while leading Portland’s Western Conference championship team in playoff scoring with 16 points in 16 games…Posted nine points (5+4) and +7 rating in the Hawks’ 4-2 series win over Prince George in the first round, including setting up the series-clinching goal and scoring the insurance goal in a 5-3 win in Game Six…Posted six points (4+2) and a +4 rating in the 4-1 series win over Spokane in the 2001 Western Conference Finals…Only late-round draft pick invited to Buffalo’s summer camp for the NHL team’s prospects in July.
1999-00: Started season playing for the BCJHL’s team in Burnaby, B.C., until joining Portland, 11/02…Named Portland’s Scholastic Player and was a finalist for the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award…Posted five-game assist streak from 10/22 to 11/4.