Joe and his wife, Angela, have two sons, Cameron, 7, and Maddux, 6… They spend their summers in Raleigh… They have a miniature pincher named Lucky and a black maltipoo Lulu… Joe is involved with the APC 24-Hour Bike Challenge… He was a Blackhawks fan as a kid and grew up emulating Chris Chelios… His first youth team was the Oak Park Eagles… Joe was an outstanding baseball player and attended pro camps with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park… His favorite vacation spot is Cabo, favorite television show is Breaking Bad and favorite book is The Hunger Games… The most-played artist on his iPod is O.A.R…. His favorite food is pizza… His most memorable goal was a double-overtime tally against Buffalo in Game 2 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals… His favorite aspects about playing professional hockey are “the hotels and meals”… The place he most visits in the Triangle is The Factory… His favorite road city is Chicago.
Completed his ninth NHL season, ranking second among Boston defensemen in scoring with 25 points (4g, 21a)… Also ranked second among Bruins defensemen in power-play points (9) and tied for second in power-play assists (8)… Earned a plus/minus rating of plus-10 for the season… Made his Bruins debut and earned his first point with the Bruins (assist) vs. PHI (10/6)… Had a season-high three assists vs. EDM (11/10)… Took his first career NHL fighting major when he sparred with Joey Crabb vs. TOR (12/3)… Netted a pair of goals at CBJ (12/10)… Skated in his 600th career NHL game vs. MTL (12/19)… Earned his 200th NHL point at TOR (3/6)… Was a healthy extra for seven games (3/17-3/27, 4/1)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (11/7-11/10: 0g, 4a; 12/14-12/17: 0g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (11/7-11/10: 0g, 4a; 12/14-12/17: 0g, 3a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (12/10 at CBJ: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 2 (last: 12/17 at PHI: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 3 (last: 12/17 at PHI: 0g, 2a).
Played in five of Boston’s seven games during the Bruins’ seven-game, opening-round loss to Washington… Led all Bruins skaters in plus/minus (+3) during the playoffs… Missed the final two games of the series due to injury.
Is in his 10th NHL season and fifth with the Hurricanes… Signed as a free agent to a one-year contract on July 1, 2012… Represented the U.S. at the IIHF World Championships in 2003 and 2005… Also represented the U.S. at the 1997 World Junior Championship and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Defenseman while helping to lead the U.S. to a silver medal.
1995-1998: Completed a three-year career with Western Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)… Totaled 22 goals and 58 assists (80 points) in 105 career college hockey games.
1998-99: Made his professional debut with Springfield of the American Hockey League (AHL), skating in 50 games.
1999-00: Did not play due to a contract dispute.
2000-01: Was third among Lowell (AHL) defensemen in scoring with 33 points and tied for first among Lock Monsters blueliners with 10 goals… Was tied for first overall on the team in playoff goals (3).
2001-02: Finished second overall in scoring for Manchester (AHL) with 50 points (13g, 37a)… Led all Monarchs defensemen in goals (13), assists (37) and points (50).
2002-03: Began the season with Manchester (AHL) and led all Monarchs defensemen in scoring (25 points) at the time of his first NHL recall (12/13)… Made his NHL debut with Los Angeles vs. PIT (12/14)… Scored his first NHL goal with a power-play tally at MIN (1/6)… Led all NHL rookie defensemen with five goals… Represented Manchester at the AHL All-Star Game, scoring two goals for Team PlanetUSA.
2003-04: Completed his first full NHL season and ranked tied for first among Kings defensemen in goals (8)… Three of his eight goals were game-winners, including his first career overtime goal at ANA (1/28)… Played his 100th NHL game at NJ (2/15).
2004-05: Spent part of the season with Chicago (AHL), earning 14 points in 23 games to lead all Wolves defensemen in scoring… Played in all 18 playoff games for Chicago as the Wolves advanced to the Calder Cup Finals before falling to Philadelphia… Had four goals and five assists (9 points) in the playoffs to lead all Wolves defensemen in scoring.
2005-06: Established a career high in goals (14) and led all Kings defensemen in plus/minus (+15)… Beat Detroit’s Jimmy Howard on his first career penalty shot (11/28).
2006-07: Set a then-career high in assists (29) in his first season with the Ottawa Senators… Set single-game career highs in assists (4) and points (5) in a 7-2 Senators win vs. TOR (10/26)… His five points set an Ottawa team record for points in a game by a defenseman… Earned his 100th career NHL point at BUF (2/7)… Totaled two goals and seven assists (9 points) in 20 games as Ottawa captured the Eastern Conference title before falling to Anahem in the Stanley Cup Finals… Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. PIT (4/11), recording two assists… Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at NJ (4/26)… Tallied the game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at BUF (5/12).
2007-08: Established career highs in assists (35) and points (48), splitting the season between Ottawa and Carolina… Led all Hurricanes defensemen in goals (13), assists (35) and points (48) and was tied for the overall team lead in plus/minus (+17)… Ranked tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in goals (13), 13th in assists (35), 12th in points (48), tied for seventh in game-winning goals (3) and 11th in power-play points (28)… Led the Hurricanes and was tied for 13th among NHL defensemen in plus/minus (+17)… Had 21 points (7g, 14a) in 23 games with Carolina after being acquired from Ottawa on 2/11… Recorded his 100th career assist vs. MTL (2/9)… Made his Hurricanes debut and earned an assist on the game-winning goal at BOS (2/12)… Scored his first goal in a Hurricanes sweater and earned a pair of assists vs. WSH (2/23)… Earned his first career hat trick with three tallies in his first game against his former team vs. OTT (3/16)… It was the third hat trick by a defenseman in franchise history and the first since Sandis Ozolinsh tallied three at Chicago on 3/4/01.
2008-09: Matched his career highs for goals (14)… Ranked first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals (6)… Ranked tied for 11th among NHL blueliners in goals (14) and tied for 12th in power-play goals (8)… Ranked first among Hurricanes defensemen and eighth on the team in scoring with 38 points (14g, 24a)… Ranked second on the team in ice time per game (24:19) and fourth in power-play points (22)… Was the first defenseman in franchise history to score game-winning goals in consecutive games when he had game-winners vs. MTL (12/16) and FLA (12/18)… Played in his 100th game with the Hurricanes and assisted on both Carolina goals at NJ (3/28)… Earned his 200th NHL point with an assist vs. NYR (4/2)… Completed his second NHL playoff season and first with Carolina, playing in all 18 of the Hurricanes’ playoff games… Ranked second among Hurricanes skaters in ice time per game in the playoffs (25:27)… Netted his first goal of the playoffs – the game-winning goal – and assisted on Staal’s goal in Game 2 at BOS (5/3).
2009-10: Split the year between Carolina and Washington, totaling 18 points (6g, 12a) in 52 games… Had 12 points (4g, 8a) in 34 games with the Hurricanes prior to being traded to the Capitals on 3/4 in exchange for Brian Pothier, Oskar Osala and a second-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft… Skated in 18 regular-season games with the Caps, notching six points (2g, 4a)… Missed 28 games after suffering a cut on the lower right leg from the skate of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner vs. WSH (11/30)… Prior to being placed on injured reserve, led Hurricanes defensemen and ranked fifth among all Carolina skaters in scoring (12 points)… Appeared in all seven of Washington’s playoff games, totaling one goal and one assist during the Capitals’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal loss to Montreal.
2010-11: Established a career high for games played (82) and led Carolina defensemen in goals (11) and points (40)… Was 14th in the NHL in ice time per game (24:46) and tied for 15th among NHL defensemen in power-play goals (5)… Matched his career high with a six-game point streak from 1/18-2/1 (2g, 5a)… Skated in his 200th game with the Hurricanes and netted his 10th goal of the season vs. PIT (2/25).