Draft: Philadelphia 2000 (1-28-1)
Acquired: Jan. 20, 2004 from Philadelphia in exchange for Danny Markov
First NHL Game: Oct. 5, 2000 in a 6-3 Philadelphia win vs. Vancouver
First NHL Point: Oct. 5, 2000 in a 6-3 Philadelphia win vs. Vancouver
First NHL Goal: Oct. 5, 2000 in a 6-3 Philadelphia win vs. Vancouver (Potvin)
Most Goals, Game: 3 - Oct. 16, 2006, in a 5-1 Carolina win at Tampa Bay
Most Assists, Game: 3 - April 3, 2006, in a 6-5 Carolina overtime win vs. Washington
Most Points, Game: 4 - three times (Last: Oct. 16, 2006, in a 5-1 Carolina win at Tampa Bay)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 8 - November 21, 2007 in a 6-3 Carolina loss vs. Pittsburgh)
Shootout Statistics: Six attempts, one goal (17%), 0 game-deciding goals
Justin married his wife, Kelly, on Aug. 12, 2006 and the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Jaxon, on July 3, 2008... They have a border collie named Prince and spent this past off-season in Raleigh... Justin hosts his own charity golf tournament each summer with proceeds assisting Northumberland Hospital... His great uncle, Jerry Toppazzini, played for the Boston Bruins in the 1950s... His biggest hockey influence was his dad... His first youth team was the Port Hope Redmen and his favorite player growing up was Wayne Gretzky... His favorite off-season activity is golfing and favorite vacation spot is the Bahamas... The most played song on his iPod is Viva La Vida by Coldplay... His favorite television show is Jeopardy and favorite magazine is Golf Digest... Justin’s first job was as a fire watch for a welding company... His favorite movie is Good Will Hunting, favorite Web site is williams11.com and favorite video game is FIFA... The celebrity he would most like to meet is Will Smith... Justin’s favorite food is Chicken Kiev and his favorite game-day ritual is the “ping-pong warm-up”... Justin speaks French and his favorite hockey team growing up was Montreal... His favorite athletes outside of hockey are Roger Federer and Tiger Woods... He wears number 11 because “it makes you look taller when you’re on the ice and 14 was taken by Kevyn Adams... His favorite former teammate is Mark Recchi and favorite thing about playing professional hockey is the travel... His most memorable goal was the emtpy-netter to seal Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Edmonton... His favorite road arena is the Bell Centre, favorite road city is Phoenix and favorite team to play against is Montreal… Justin’s favorite place to visit in the Triangle is Raleigh Country Club.
Completed his seventh NHL season and fourth with Carolina… Notched 30 points (9g, 21a) in 37 games played, missing most of the season due to a knee injury... Missed the final two games of the season with a back injury... Returned to action after missing 43 games due to a torn ACL at WSH (4/1) but left the game after just 3:48 of ice time with a back injury... Activated from injured reserve on April 1... Underwent successful reconstructive surgery on his left knee because of a torn ACL and a torn MCL on Dec. 26... The surgery was performed by Dr. Marty Isbell at Rex Surgical Center in Cary, NC... Was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 26... Suffered a torn ACL/MCL in his left knee at FLA (12/20)... Earned a pair of assists at MTL (12/8)... Earned an assist and had a career-high eight penalty minutes vs. PHI (11/21)... Had his first multi-goal game of the season with a pair of goals at NYI (10/27)... Earned his third multi-assist game of the season with a pair of helpers vs. BUF (10/24)... Scored a goal and registered his 100th assist with the Hurricanes at PIT (10/19)... Played his 200th game with the Hurricanes, scored his first goal of the season, earned two assists and was named second star of the game at TOR (10/9)... Games missed due to injury: 45 (knee: 12/22-3/29; back: 4/2-4/4)... Longest goal streak: 2 games (10/19-10/20: 2g, 1a)... Longest assist streak: 4 games (10/9-10/19: 2g, 6a)... Longest point streak: 5 games (10/9-10/20: 3g, 6a)... Multi-goal games: 2 (last: 11/12 at FLA: 2g, 0a)... Multi-assist games: 5 (last: 12/8 at MTL: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 9 (last: 12/8 at MTL: 0g, 2a).
Is in his eighth NHL season and fifth with the Hurricanes... Signed a five-year contract with Carolina, June 30, 2006... Acquired from Philadelphia on Jan. 20, 2004, in exchange for Danny Markov... Signed a five-year contract with the Hurricanes on June 30, 2006... Represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships three times (2002, 2004 and 2007), capturing the gold medal in 2004 in the Czech Republic and 2007 in Russia
1998-99: Tallied 12 points (4g, 8a) in his first season of junior hockey with Plymouth (OHL)
1999-00: Led the OHL in playoff goals (14) and playoff points (30) as Plymouth advanced to the OHL Finals... During the regular season, led the Whalers in goals (37), points (83) and plus/minus (+47, tied for first in the OHL)... Named Plymouth’s Most Gentlemanly Player for the 1999-00 season... Voted the Most Improved Player in the OHL’s Western Conference in the 2000 OHL Coaches Poll... Played in the 2000 NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game
2000-01: Earned a spot on the Flyers’ roster straight out of junior hockey in his draft year... Finished the season tied for 12th among NHL rookies in goals with 12... Returned to the Flyers’ lineup on 3/19 after missing 12 games (2/22-3/17) due to a fractured third metacarpal of the left hand, sustained at CAR (2/19)... Notched a point in his first three NHL games (10/5-10/11: 1g, 4a)... Scored his first NHL goal and added two assists in his NHL debut vs. Vancouver (10/5), just one day after his 19th birthday... The goal was scored at 3:14 of the first period, marking his first NHL point
2001-02: Won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the Flyer who had most improved from the previous season as voted by his teammates... Set then-career-highs in goals (17), assists (23) and points (40) in a season... Played in the Topps/NHL YoungStars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend... Scored his 13th goal of the season at STL (2/9), setting a new career-high for goals... Was scoreless at PIT (1/21), ending his then-career-best point streak at seven games (1/8-1/19: 5g, 5a)... Scored the game-winning goal at OTT (1/15), establishing a new career-high in scoring with his 26th point of the season
2002-03: Was named first star for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. TOR (4/22) after scoring the game-winning goal and adding two assists... The goal was his first career NHL playoff goal... Posted an assist on LeClair’s power-play goal at FLA (4/6) after missing the previous 36 games due to a left knee sprain suffered vs. TB (1/18)... Underwent surgery on Jan. 23 to repair partial ACL tear... Missed five games (11/15-11/23) due to a strained left shoulder sustained vs. FLA (11/13)
2003-04: Split the season between Philadelphia and Carolina after being acquired from the Flyers in exchange for Danny Markov on Jan. 20... Established then-career-highs in games played (79), assists (33), points (44) and penalty minutes (64)... Including his Philadelphia season totals, led all Hurricanes forwards in plus/minus (+12) and assists (33) and was second in points (44)... Tallied his first goal with Carolina vs. NYI (1/23)... Earned his first point as a Hurricane with an assist at NJ (1/21)... Played first game with Carolina vs. OTT (1/20)... Was tied for first on the Flyers with a (+10) rating prior to the trade... Scored his 100th NHL point with a power-play goal vs. WSH (11/6)
2004-05: Played alongside Hurricanes teammate Niclas Wallin with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League (SEL)... Was tied for third on the team in scoring with 32 points (14g, 18a) in 49 games... Was tied for third on the team in goals (14)
2005-06: Established career-highs in games played (82), goals (31), assists (45), points (76) and penalty minutes (60)... Was tied for second on the team in goals (31) and points (76) and third on the team in assists (45)... Had 23 points in the last 22 games (3/4-4/18: 12g, 11a)... Had 70 points in the last 66 games... Reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career with a pair of power-play goals at ATL (4/8)... Became just the third player in franchise history to score two shorthanded goals in a game at WSH (4/7)... Had his second career four-point night (second of the season) with a goal and three assists vs. WSH (4/3)... Notched his 200th NHL point with an assist on Recchi’s goal vs. FLA (3/31)... Played his 100th game with the Hurricanes at TOR (3/21)... Had his first career four-point game with two goals and two assists at MTL (3/16)... Earned his 100th NHL assist on Brind’Amour’s goal vs. NJ (12/17)... Had his career best nine-game points streak (11/15-12/9: 6g, 7a) snapped at PHX (12/3)... Tallied a pair of goals, including one on his first career penalty shot, vs. TB (11/20)... Completed his third NHL playoff season and first with Carolina, playing in all 25 postseason contests to win his first Stanley Cup... Was tied for third on the team and sixth in the NHL in playoff scoring (18 points)... Was tied for first on the team and tied for fourth in the NHL in plus/minus (+12)... Ranked fifth on the team in assists (11), second in penalty minutes (34) and fourth in shots (71)... Scored an empty-net goal with 1:01 left in the third period to seal Carolina’s Game 7 victory vs. EDM (6/19) in the Stanley Cup Finals... Beat Roloson shorthanded and earned an assist in Game 1 vs. EDM (6/5)... Scored a goal and earned a pair of assists in Game 7 vs. BUF (6/1)... Scored his first goal of the playoffs and assisted on Aaron Ward’s goal in Game 4 at MTL (4/28)... Earned an assist in Game 2 vs. MTL (4/24) for his first playoff point with the Hurricanes... Made his Hurricanes playoff debut in Game 1 vs. MTL (4/22)
2006-07: Was first on the team in goals (33), fourth on the team in points (67), first in game-winning goals (8) and tied for first in power-play goals (12)... Set a new career-high in goals (33)... Ranked second on the team in shots (258) and average ice time per game (20:51)... Was one of four Hurricanes to play in all 82 games... Finished the season tied for seventh in the NHL in game-winning goals with eight... Was tied for 7th in the NHL in total goals (33)... Was named to Canada’s roster for the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Russia following the season... Had one goal, two assists (3 points) and 16 penalty minutes in helping Canada capture the gold medal... Played his 400th NHL game vs. NYR (2/15)... Netted two goals, including his eighth game-winner of the season and registered an assist vs. WSH (1/26)... Played in his first NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 24 in Dallas, registering a goal and an assist... Scored the overtime game-winner on the power play at FLA (1/16)... Scored his 100th career NHL goal at TOR (1/9)... Established a new career-high for longest goal streak when he found the net for the fourth consecutive game vs. FLA (12/26)... Earned his first career hat trick and matched his career-high for points in a game with four (3g, 1a) at TB (10/16)... His first goal of the game was his 100th point as a Hurricane.