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David Tanabe
David Tanabe
Defenseman
(ta-NAH-bee)
Number: 45
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 212
Shoots: Right
Born: Jul 19, 1980
Birthplace: White Bear Lake, MN, United States
Drafted: CAR / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (16th overall)
Draft: Carolina 1999 (1-16-1)
Acquired: Oct. 6, 2007, Signed as a free agent
First NHL Game: Oct. 11, 1999, a 3-3 Carolina tie at Calgary
First NHL Point: Oct. 11, 1999, a goal in a 3-3 Carolina tie at Calgary
First NHL Goal: Oct. 11, 1999 in a 3-3 Carolina tie at Calgary vs. Grant Fuhr
Most Goals, Game: 2 - April 7, 2007 in a 5-4 Carolina overtime win over Florida
Most Assists, Game: 2 - seven times (Last: Feb. 13, 2007 in a 2-1 Carolina win over Los Angeles)
Most Points, Game: 2 - 13 times (Last: pril 7, 2007 in a 5-4 Carolina overtime win over Florida)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 7 - March 30, 2007 in a 4-2 Carolina loss vs. Tampa Bay

Personal: David and his wife, Katherine, were married on Aug. 3, 2001... They have a daughter, Allison (2)... David spends his summers in Woodbury, MN... His biggest hockey influences were his parents and Greg Cronin, the current Northeastern coach who coached him with the US Development team... His first job was mowing lawns... David also played soccer, golf, tennis and football growing up... He enjoys golf in his spare time... His favorite movie is Office Space and his favorite band is Clear Static... Davids favorite restaurant is the Ocean Club in Scottsdale, AZ... His favorite book is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison... The person hed most like to meet is Tiger Woods... His favorite subject in school was Science... David is involved with Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation... His career highlight was returning to Carolina... His favorite things about North Carolina are the people and the Southern hospitality.

Career: Selected with the Hurricanes first pick (16th overall) in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.... Signed a one-year contract with Carolina on Aug. 29, 2006... Competed for the United States at the 2001 World Championships in Germany, notching three points (1g, 2a)... Was a participant in the USA Hockey development program, entering the program at age 16 and playing in tournaments in Sweden, Finland and Russia

1998-99: Completed his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin... Scored 22 points (10g, 12a) in 35 games... Finished fourth in scoring and was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) All-Rookie Team

1999-00: Completed his first season in Carolina... One of only four 1999 first-round draft picks to play in NHL that season... Posted four points (4g, 0a) in 31 games... Began the season with Carolina, making the jump straight from college hockey... At CGY (10/11), scored a second-period power-play goal in his NHL debut... Became the third player during season to score a goal in his first game (Jonsson-NYI, Stuart-SJ) and only the 10th player in franchise history to accomplish the feat... At NYI (10/30), scored his third power-play goal of the season... At PIT (10/23) scored a second-period power-play... Assigned to Cincinnati of the IHL on 2/9... Recalled from the Cyclones on (4/8)... At ATL (4/8), scored first period goal and was (+2)... Was returned to Cincinnati at the conclusion of the NHL season... Played in the IHL playoffs for the Cyclones, totaling five points (1g, 4a) and six penalty minutes in 11 games

2000-01: Established career highs in games played (74), goals (7), assists (22) and points (29)... Was second among Hurricanes defensemen in goals, assists and points... Scored a goal and added an assist vs. PIT (4/8)... Scored a power play goal at 17:10 of the first period at STL (4/3)... Scored the games only goal vs. BUF (3/21)... Missed three games due to an injured hip (3/4-3/8)... Scored his fourth goal of the season vs. MTL (3/14)... Scored the Hurricanes second goal of the game and his second of the season at NYR (1/24)... Assisted on Ron Francis game-winning goal and was a game-best (+3) at MTL (1/16)... Scored his first goal of the season on the power play in the second period vs. OTT (11/12)... Earned two assists at COL (11/3)... Missed five games due to a concussion: 10/21-29... Played in all six games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey... Scored goals in games 4 (4/18) and 6 (4/22)... Received a 10-minute misconduct penalty in Game 3 (4/17)...

2001-02: Was chosen to play in the Topps Young Stars game during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles... Registered a pair of assists for Team Melrose in the game on 2/1... Earned an assist at ANA (2/8)... Assisted on Erik Cole's third period goal and was (+2) at NJ (1/19)... Assisted on Bates Battaglia's goal at BUF (12/31)... Assisted on Sandis Ozolinsh's power-play goal at WAS (12/30)... Assisted on Martin Gelinas' first goal vs. TOR (12/26)... Assisted on Erik Cole's second-period goal vs. ATL (12/21)... Had his only multi-point game of the season with a pair of assists vs. FLA (12/12)... Earned an assist and was (+3) vs. CBJ (11/19)... Scored his only goal of the season in the second period at STL (11/1)... Missed the game at ATL (10/13) due to the flu... Was a healthy scratch for three games (2/28-3/5)... Played in one game for Carolina during the 2002 Playoffs... Earned an assist on Rod Brind'Amour's first period goal in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NJ (4/17)... Left the game with a broken wrist in the second period and did not return... Missed 17 games due to the wrist injury (4/19-5/28) and was a healthy scratch for 5 games (6/4-13)

2002-03: Notched an assist on Cole's game-winning goal at NSH (12/3)... Played in his 200th NHL and Hurricanes game vs. OTT (11/19)... Earned assists on Francis' and Hedican's power-play goals vs. PHX (11/12)... Scored a power-play goal vs. PIT (11/9)... Scored a goal and was plus-2 vs. MTL (11/1)... Tallied assists on O'Neill's and Wallin's power-play goals vs. NYI (10/30)... Missed 14 games due to injury (oblique: Oct. 23-26; shoulder: Jan. 3-15, Jan. 30-Feb. 11)

2003-04: Was second on the Coyotes in goals by a defenseman despite playing in just 45 games... Had one multiple-point game, tallying one goal and one assist at NJ (12/2)... Had points in consecutive games twice, Dec. 2-4 (2g, 1a) and Dec. 22-23 (1g,1a)... His first goal as a Coyote came in overtime vs. STL (10/10)...Missed 37 games following January knee surgery

2004-05: Played the season in Switzerland with Rapperswil and Kloten, totaling 19 points (7g, 12a) in 28 combined games.

2005-06: Completed his sixth NHL season, splitting the season between Boston and Phoenix... Totaled 20 points (4g, 16a) and 56 penalty minutes for the season... Missed the final six games of the season due to a torn ACL... Had surgery on the knee on April 10... Scored his fourth goal of the season, earned an assist and was plus-3 at BUF (3/29)... Netted his first goal as a Bruin with an overtime score at EDM (12/3)... Also had an assist in the game for his first multi-point effort on the season... Had four assists with eight PIM in 21 Coyotes games at the time of his Nov. 18 trade to Boston... Played his 300th NHL game at DAL (10/11)... Missed eight games to injury (obliques: 3/14-3/16: knee: 4/6-4/15)... Multi-point games: 2 (12/3 at EDM: 1g, 1a; 3/29 at BUF: 1g, 1a).

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