Draft: Philadelphia 2001 (6-172-6)
Acquired: Jan. 8, 2006 from Phoenix in exchange for Kevyn Adams
First NHL Game: Oct. 10, 2002 in a 2-2 Philadelphia tie at Edmonton
First NHL Point: Oct. 10, 2002, in a 2-2 Philadelphia tie at Edmonton (assist)
First NHL Goal: Oct. 31, 2002 in a 6-2 Philadelphia win vs. Phoenix
Most Goals, Game: 1 - nine times (Last: January 13, 2007 in a 4-3 Carolina shootout loss vs. Atlanta
Most Assists, Game: 2 - five times (Last: April 2, 2008 in a 6-2 Carolina win vs. Tampa Bay
Most Points, Game: 3 - Jan. 5, 2003 in a 5-4 Philadelphia win at Atlanta
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 4 - three times (Last: Dec. 15, 2007 in a 6-5 Carolina shootout win at Philadelphia
Dennis and his girlfriend, Rebecca, have a daughter named Story, who was born 3/19/08... They spend their off-seasons in Margate, NJ... Dennis has two dogs: a French bulldog named Snoop and a boxer named Wiggles... His favorite team growing up was his hometown team in Germany, the Schwenningen Wild Wings, and his first youth team was the Schwenningen Young Wings... Dennis was a nationally-ranked tennis player growing up in Germany and says he would have tried to play tennis had he not made it as a hockey player... His favorite vacation spot is Atlantis in the Bahamas... His most prized possession is his little girl... The most played artist on his iPod is Nickelback... Dennis says his favorite movie is The Dark Knight and his favorite television show is Cane... The person he would most like to meet is Roger Federer... He wears number four because 22, which he wore in Phoenix, was taken and eight, which he wore in Philadelphia, was taken... His favorite food is Italian, favorite magazine is ESPN The Magazine and favorite Web site is bild.de... Dennis says his most memorable goal was his first NHL goal... His favorite things about playing professional hockey are “hanging around with the guys and winning”... Dennis enjoys watching movies on the road to kill time and his favorite non-hockey team is Bayern Munich... His favorite former teammate is Todd Hlushko... His most common game-day habit is a nap... The place in the Triangle where he spends the most time other than his home and the rink is The Peddler Steak House.
Completed his fifth NHL season and second with Carolina… Tied career high in assists (15) while playing in just 47 of Carolina’s 82 games... Was named to Germany’s national team for the IIHF World Championships in Canada following the season... Earned a pair of power-play assists vs. TB (4/2)... Missed two games for personal reasons as his fiancee, Becky, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Story, on March 19... Assisted on Samsonov’s goal vs. BUF (3/8)... Returned to action vs. MIN (3/6) after missing 20 games with an ankle injury... Placed on injured reserve on 2/14 with an ankle injury... Assisted on Aucoin’s first NHL goal vs. NJ (1/10)... Blocked three shots and assisted on Staal’s goal at NYR (12/26)... Assisted on Cole’s goal and was (+2) at FLA (12/20)... Assisted on Whitney’s power-play goal, blocked six shots and registered three hits at MTL (12/8)... Assisted on Tanabe’s goal, registered four hits and two blocked shots and was (+2) at NYR (1/3)... Earned a pair of assists at NYI (10/27) for his first multi-point game of the season... Made his season debut, earned an assist, blocked three shots and was (+1) vs. PIT (10/5)... Was a healthy extra for nine games (10/3, 10/22-10/24, 11/17-11/23, 3/25-3/28, 4/1)... Missed 23 games due to injury: (knee: 10/13-10/20; ankle: 1/18-3/5)...Missed two games for personal reasons: (3/19-3/20)... Longest assist streak: 3 games (12/20-12/26: 0g, 3a)... Longest point streak: 3 games (12/20-12/26: 0g, 3a)... Multi-assist games: 2 (last: 4/2 vs. TB: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 2 (last: 4/2 vs. TB: 0g, 2a).
Is in his sixth NHL season and third with Carolina... Acquired from Phoenix on Jan. 8, 2007 in exchange for Kevyn Adams... Won a Calder Cup (AHL) Championship with Philadelphia in 2004-05
1999: Represented Germany at the 1999 Under-18 World Junior Championships
1999-2000: Split the season between Adler Mannheim and Mannheim’s junior team... Was scoreless in three games for Adler Mannheim and posted 12 goals and 28 assists (40 points) in 52 games for Mannheim Jr... Represented Germany at the 2000 World Junior Championships (Pool B)
2000-01: Was a member of the Adler Mannheim team that was the playoff champion of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (Germany)... Split the season between Adler Mannheim and Mannheim’s junior team, recording two goals and five assists (7 points) in 55 games for Adler Mannheim and three goals and eight assists (11 points) in nine games for Mannheim Jr... Represented Germany at the 2001 World Championships, collecting one assist and two penalty minutes in seven games... Represented Germany at the World Under-20 Championships (Division 1)... Tied for team lead in points with four (1g, 3a) in five games
2001-02: Was a member of the Adler Mannheim team that lost in the Finals of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga Playoffs (Germany)... Registered 20 points (7g, 13a) and 56 penalty minutes in 55 games for Adler Mannheim... Represented Germany at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah... Recorded two points (1g, 1a) in seven games as Germany finished tied for fifth at the tournament... Collected three points (1g, 2a) and eight PIM in seven games for Germany at the 2002 World Championships
2002-03: Recorded 11 points (5g, 6a) and 17 penalty minutes in 19 games for the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)... Was assigned to the Phantoms on Mar. 4... Posted two assists for the Eastern Conference team at the NHL YoungStars Game, which was part of NHL All-Star Weekend... Recorded three points (1g, 2a) at ATL (1/5) to set career high for points in a game... Posted two assists and a team season-high 10 shots vs. BOS (11/16), his first multiple-point game in the NHL... Scored a goal vs. PHX (10/31), his first goal in the NHL... Recorded an assist at EDM (10/10), his first NHL point in his first NHL game
2003-04: Was reassigned to the Phantoms (AHL) on Mar. 9... Underwent successful surgery on Jan. 16 to repair a broken left leg sustained in practice on Jan. 15... Missed 25 games from Jan. 16 - Mar. 6... Recorded 19 points (7g, 12a) and 31 penalty minutes in 33 games for the Phantoms... Was named to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team for the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic (did not play due to injury)... Was recalled from the Phantoms on Jan. 8 (fourth recall of the season)... Played in his first career NHL playoff game at Tampa Bay (5/18)
2004-05: Represented Germany in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey... Recorded 41 points (13g, 28a) and 47 penalty minutes in 79 games with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms... Collected 10 points (2g, 8a) in 18 games as the Phantoms won the 2004 Calder Cup Championship
2005-06: Played in 34 games with the Coyotes after being acquired from Philadelphia on Jan. 19... Earned 11 points (1g, 10a) in 34 games... Established career-highs for games played (63), assists (15), points (18), power-play goals (2) and power-play assists (7) for season... Registered six penalty minutes in five games for Germany in 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy - his 2nd Olympics... Scored his first goal as a Coyote in 5-1 loss at NSH (4/15)... Registered seven hits at CGY (4/5)... Skated season-high 24:11 vs. NSH (3/28)... Recorded one assist, four shots, and four hits in 6-2 win vs. DAL (3/2)... Recorded two assists - his first points as a Coyote - and was (+2) in 4-3 shootout loss vs. EDM (1/29)... Made Coyotes debut in 4-3 shootout win vs. EDM (1/21), skating 20:09... Registered seven points (2g, 5a) and four penalty minutes in 29 games with PHI prior to trade... Missed two games due to left knee sprain (1/6-1/9)... Registered a goal and an assist in 5-4 Philadelphia win at PIT (12/23)... Missed seven games due to broken right wrist, (11/22-12/6)... Suffered a broken right wrist at PIT (11/19)... Missed 2 games due to concussion (10/7-10/11)... Suffered concussion vs. NYR (10/5)
2006-07: Ranked fourth among Hurricanes defensemen in hits (105)... Assisted on Whitney’s goal vs. TB (1/20), skating in a season-high 28:37 of ice time... Scored his first goal (also his first point) with the Hurricanes with a third-period tally vs. ATL (1/13)... Made his Hurricanes debut at TOR (1/9), earning a (+1) rating in 20:07 of ice time... Acquired from Phoenix in exchange for center Kevyn Adams (1/8)... Scored his first goal of the season with Phoenix vs. LA (11/4)... Earned his first point of the season with an assist for Phoenix vs. EDM (10/26)... Was a healthy extra with Carolina for 18 games (2/6-2/17; 2/24-3/2; 3/9-3/27).