Acquired: Aug. 4, 2005, Signed as a free agent
First NHL Game: Jan. 31, 2006 in an 8-2 Carolina win at Montreal
First NHL Point: Jan. 31, 2006 in an 8-2 Carolina win at Montreal (assist)
2006-07: Spent the majority of the season with Albany (AHL)… Ranked tenth among River Rats in scoring with 21 points (8g, 13a)… Appeared in one game for Carolina, skating 3:16 of ice time at NYI (10/21)… Missed part of the season due to a foot injury.
Career: Is in his eighth professional season… Had two games of NHL experience entering 2007-08, registering one assist… Made his NHL debut and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Staal’s first goal at MTL (1/31/06)… Was a “Black Ace” during the Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup run, traveling and practicing with the Hurricanes throughout the postseason… Had 175 points (72g, 103a) in 348 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Grand Rapids, San Antonio, Utah, Providence, Lowell and Albany entering 2007-08… Played for Orlando of the International Hockey League following the completion of his final collegiate season in 2000-01, and was a member of Orlando’s Turner Cup-winning team… Prior to turning professional, completed a four-year career at Western Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), notching 143 points (57g, 86a) in 144 career collegiate games... Named to the CCHA All-Star team his junior and senior seasons... Named an All-American and a Hobey Baker Award candidate following his senior season in 2000-01 after leading the CCHA with 57 points in 36 games
1997-2001: Played four seasons with Western Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association notching 143 points (57g, 86a) in 144 career collegiate games... Named to the CCHA All-Star team his junior and senior seasons
2000-01: Named an All-American and a Hobey Baker Award candidate during his senior season at Western Michigan... Led the CCHA with 57 points in 36 games... Made his professional debut with Orlando of the International Hockey League, playing in nine games after completing his collegiate career... Was a member of Orlandos Turner Cup-winning team
2001-02: Played 54 games with Johnstown (ECHL) and 17 games with Grand Rapids (AHL) in his first full professional season... Recorded 17 goals and earned 32 assists (49 points) with Johnstown... Finished fourth among Johnstown skaters with 49 points... Notched a goal and three assists in eight ECHL playoff games... Scored two goals and earned four assists (6 points) in 17 games with Grand Rapids
2002-03: Split his second full professional season between San Antonio (AHL) and Laredo (CHL)... Played 72 games for San Antonio notching 15 goals and earning 20 assists (35 points)... Ranked fourth among San Antonio skaters in games played, sixth in goals, seventh in assists and tied for seventh in points... Played in eight games with Laredo and scored four goals and earned 12 assists (16 points)
2003-04: Recorded 14 goals and 22 assists (36 points) in 75 games with Utah (AHL)... Ranked third on the team in goals and points, and ranked fourth in assists
2004-05: Finished sixth on the Bruins with 31 points (13h, 18a) in 70 games... Led the team with a plus-14 rating... Played in his 200th career AHL game 1/14 vs. Bridgeport, a 4-0 Providence win... Played in his 300th career professional game 3/25 vs. Worcester... Scored his first career playoff goal, the overtime game-winner, in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Finals at Lowell (5/6)... Had six points (3g, 3a) in 17 playoff games for the Bruins.
2005-06: Completed his first NHL season and first with Carolina... Was reassigned to Lowell (AHL) on Feb. 4... Made his NHL debut and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Staal's first goal at MTL (1/31)... Recalled from Lowell (AHL) on Jan. 30... Ranked second on the Lock Monsters in scoring in 2005-06 with 46 points (20g, 26a) in 65 games... Was a healthy scratch for one NHL game (2/3)... Did not register a point in three preseason games with the Hurricanes... Was a Black Ace during the Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup run, traveling and practicing with the Hurricanes throughout the postseason.