Jay and his wife, Jodean, have three daughters: Presley (5), Willa (3) and Stevie (1)… They spend their summers in Bowmanville, Ontario… Jay started playing organized hockey when he was 5, and his first team was Marigold Lincoln in Whitby, Ontario… He says his parents had the biggest influence on his career… His favorite player growing up was Rick Vaive… Jay’s first job was working as a furniture mover… His favorite movie is The Departed, favorite television show is Mantracker and favorite website is dailygrail.com… The most-played artist on his iPod is Tool… His favorite book is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse… Jay has played guitar since he was 10, and the person he would most like to meet is Slash… His favorite meal is steak and sweet potatoes and his favorite place to visit in the Triangle is Monkey Joe’s… He enjoys golf and darts, and his favorite athlete outside of hockey was Michael Jordan… His favorite team outside of hockey is the New Zealand All Blacks… Jay’s most memorable hockey moment was his first NHL goal… His favorite road city is Montreal, favorite road arena is the Bell Centre and favorite team to play against is the Canadiens… He wears number 44 because it was assigned to him… He says he has “too many game day rituals to mention”… Jay’s favorite former teammate is Matt Stajan, and his favorite thing about playing in the NHL is coming out for warm-ups.
Completed his seventh NHL season and fourth with the Hurricanes… Was third among Carolina defensemen in scoring with 10 points (3g, 7a) in 47 games played… Was first on the team and 11th in the NHL in blocked shots (110)… Ranked third among Hurricanes in hits (83)… Made his season debut in the team’s opener at FLA (1/19)… Registered a season-high six hits vs. BUF (1/24)… Scored the game-winning goal and earned an assist at BUF (1/25)… Sparred with Tom Sestito in the first period at PHI (2/2)… Scored the game-winning goal in overtime and earned an assist at OTT (2/7)… Earned assists in consecutive games at NYI (2/11) and at NJ (2/12)… Blocked eight shots vs. TOR (2/14)… Played in his 200th game with the Hurricanes and skated a season-high 25:47 of ice time at WSH (2/26)… Sparred with Robert Bortuzzo and totaled a season-high 11 penalty minutes vs. PIT (2/28)… Was a season-best (+3) at FLA (3/3)… Sparred with Zdeno Chara in the first period vs. BOS (4/13)… Left the game vs. NYR (4/25) after being struck in the face with a puck and missed the final game of the season at PIT (4/27)… Games missed due to injury: 1 (upper body: 4/27)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (2/11-2/12: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (2/11-2/12: 0g, 2a; 3/9-3/12: 1g, 1a)… Multi-point games: 2 (1/25/13 at BUF: 1g, 1a; 2/7/13 at OTT: 1g, 1a).
Is in his eighth NHL season and fifth with Carolina… Signed a three-year contract extension with the Hurricanes on July 24, 2012, which goes through the 2015-16 season… Had 112 points (34g, 78a) in 408 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with St. John’s, Toronto and Albany… Earned 97 points (19g, 78a) in 245 career Ontario Hockey League (OHL) games with Brampton from 1998-2002… Has represented Canada in a number of international competitions, starting with the 4 Nations Cup during the 1998-99 season, where he scored a goal to help Canada capture gold… Appeared in seven games at the 2001 World Junior Championship, as Canada won bronze, and had one assist at the 2002 World Junior Championship, helping Canada capture silver… Also represented Canada at the Spengler Cup twice and at the 2013 II HF World Championship.
1998-99: Played 63 games for Brampton (OHL), totaling 15 points (1g, 14a) with 108 penalty minutes… Named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team.
1999-00: Earned 20 points (2g, 18a) and had 139 penalty minutes in 68 games for Brampton (OHL)… Totaled two assists and 15 penalty minutes in six playoff games for the Battalion.
2000-01: Played 53 games for Brampton, notching four goals and 15 assists (19 points) with 112 penalty minutes… Had one goal, one assist and 17 penalty minutes in nine playoff games for the Battalion
2001-02: Ranked 14th among OHL defensemen in scoring with 43 points (12g, 31a) in 61 games for Brampton… Joined St. John’s (AHL), earning one assist in seven regular-season games… Also played 10 Calder Cup Playoff games for St. John’s, and one playoff game for Memphis of the Central Hockey League (CHL).
2002-03: Earned 10 points (2g, 8a) in 72 games during his first full professional season with St. John’s.
2003-04: Played 70 games for St. John’s, collecting nine points (4g, 5a) and 141 penalty minutes… Played his 100th career AHL game at Cleveland (11/28).
2004-05: Earned four assists and tallied 108 penalty minutes in 60 games for St. John’s… Had one assist and 14 penalty minutes in four Calder Cup Playoff games.
2005-06: Split the season between the Toronto Marlies and the Toronto Maple Leafs, seeing his first NHL action with the Leafs… Played 57 games for the Marlies (AHL), totaling 29 points (9g, 20a) with 100 penalty minutes… His head coach with the Marlies was former Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice… Recalled to the NHL on 1/27… Made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs vs. MTL (1/28)… Earned his first NHL point (assist) at FLA (1/30)… Finished the season with one assist and two penalty minutes on the NHL level… Played in five AHL playoff games with the Marlies, scoring one goal and adding three assists (4 points) with eight penalty minutes.
2006-07: Started the season on the NHL level with the Maple Leafs before being reassigned to the Marlies (AHL) on 11/14… Played five total games on the NHL level, totaling six penalty minutes… Had four goals and 14 assists (18 points) in 41 AHL games with the Marlies.
2007-08: Spent the entire season with the Toronto Marlies (AHL)… Ranked second among Marlies defensemen in scoring with 27 points (13g, 14a) in 69 games… Led Marlies defensemen in scoring (12 points) and ranked second overall on the team in assists (10) during the Calder Cup Playoffs, appearing in 18 games as Toronto advanced to the AHL Conference Finals before falling to Chicago.
2008-09: Began the season with Zug of the Swiss league, earning 15 points (6g, 9a) and collecting 96 penalty minutes in 41 regular-season games… Signed with Toronto (NHL) on 3/27 after Zug’s season concluded… Played in seven games with the Maple Leafs, earning one assist and totaling 10 penalty minutes.
2009-10: Totaled six points (1g, 5a) and 50 penalty minutes in 38 NHL games with the Hurricanes… Was tied for second on the team in fighting majors (6)… Had two goals and 12 assists (14 points) and was (+8) in 32 AHL regular-season games with Albany… Made his Hurricanes debut on opening night, vs. PHI (10/2)… Beat Alexander Salak for his first NHL goal vs. FLA (10/9)… Assisted on Sutter’s goal vs. SJ (11/1), marking the first time in his career that he earned points in consecutive games… Was reassigned to Albany at the end of the NHL season to participate in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
2010-11: Established then-career highs in games played (72), goals (3), assists (7), points (10) and penalty minutes (72)… Ranked tied for second on the team in plus/minus (+5)… Played his 100th career NHL game vs. TB (1/15)… Played his 100th game with the Hurricanes vs. BUF (3/3)… Missed 10 games due to injury.
2011-12: Ranked first among Hurricanes defensemen in goals (9), and established career highs in goals (9), assists (14) and points (23)… Ranked second on the team in blocked shots (153)… Was the Hurricanes’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which honors sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication to the game of hockey… Was also selected by the Carolina chapter of the PHWA as the winner of the Josef Vasicek Award for media cooperation… Scored first goal of season at STL (10/21)… Set new career high for points (11) with an assist vs. OTT (12/23)… Scored two goals at NSH (1/7), his first career multi-goal game… Played his 200th NHL game, at OTT (4/3)… Missed nine games due to injury.