Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on 7/3/08... Entering 2008-09, had totaled 49 goals and 54 assists (103 points) in 198 career American Hockey League (AHL) regular-season games with Hartford... Ranked tied for first among Hartford skaters in plus/minus (+23) and fourth on the team with an AHL-career-high 32 goals during the 2005-06 season... Also spent time in the ECHL, playing 28 regular-season games with Charlotte (ECHL) during the 2004-05 season... Played three seasons at the University of Michigan prior to turning professional in 2004, totaling 80 points (44g, 36a) in 119 games... Received the Howard Colby Award in 2003 as the player who exhibited the best sportsmanship... Was also named to the 2003 CCHA Super Six All-Tournament team after notching his first collegiate hat trick vs. Ohio State (3/21) in the Super Six semifinals... Was part of the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to attending Michigan and represented the United States at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships.
2007-08: Scored 20 goals and earned 25 assists (45 points) in 52 games with JYP Jyvaskyla of Finland’s SM-Liiga... Ranked third among Jyvaskyla skaters in points (45) and tied for second in goals (20)... Was tied for second on the team in scoring during the playoffs, tallying three goals and three assists (6 points) in six postseason contests.