Nathan is engaged and his fiancee's name is Brennan… He has a Bernese Mountain dog named Johnny Cash… Nathan's charity involvement in Buffalo included Tickets For Troops, Camp Good Days and serving as spokesperson for SABAH, which provided ice skating experiences for individuals with special needs… He started playing hockey at age eight and his first youth team was Detroit Honeybaked… His family was the biggest influence on his career and the best advice he ever received was to "play every game like it is your last"… His favorite team growing up was Detroit and his favorite player was Steve Yzerman… Nathan's first job was in underground construction… His favorite television show is Modern Family, favorite actor is Hugh Jackman and favorite actress is Angelina Jolie… His biggest game day habit is meditation… His favorite musical artists are Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band… His favorite book is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl… Nathan's favorite sport outside of hockey is football, his favorite team is New England and the person he would most like to meet is Tom Brady… He enjoys hanging out with his family when he is away from the rink… His favorite vacation spot is Traverse City, MI, favorite foods are steak and Italian and favorite holiday is Christmas… His favorite former teammate is Mike Grier, favorite road city is Boston and favorite road arena is the United Center in Chicago… Nathan's most memorable hockey moment was winning the national championship with Boston College.
Completed his fifth NHL season with Buffalo, totaling 10 points (5g, 5a) in 42 games… Was also one for two in the shootout, with one game-deciding tally… Averaged 12:30 of ice time per game… Earned assists in back-to-back games vs. BOS (2/15) and vs. PIT (2/17)… Netted his first two goals of the season at FLA (2/28), matching his career single-game high… Logged 18:33 of ice time and was credited with four hits vs. NJD (3/2), both season-highs… Scored his first career shorthanded goal at NYR (3/3)… Scored his third career shootout-deciding goal and registered an assist vs. NJD (4/7)… Missed two games (1/20-1/21) with a back injury… Was a healthy extra for four games… Longest assist streak: 2 games (2/15-2/17: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (2/15-2/17: 0g, 2a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (2/28 at FLA: 2g, 0a)… Multi-point games: 1 (2/28 at FLA: 2g, 0a).
Enters his sixth NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on 7/26/13… Has represented the United States in international competition including the 2004 and 2005 U18 World Junior Championships and the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships… Averaged more than a point a game (1.08) in three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College, totaling 133 points (71g, 62a) in 123 games… Helped the Eagles reach the championship game three consecutive seasons, winning the NCAA title in 2008.
2003-05: Spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI.
2005-06: Registered 11 goals and seven assists (18 points) in 39 games during his freshman season at Boston College.
2006-07: Was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team after totaling 25 goals and 22 assists (47 points) in 41 games for the Eagles… Led Hockey East skaters and ranked sixth nationally in goals… Was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after helping Boston College reach the final before falling to Michigan State.
2007-08: Led the nation in goals (35) and points (68), in 43 games played for Boston College… Named USA Hockey’s National College Player of the Year and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award… Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament after leading the Eagles to the 2008 NCAA Championship… Scored eight points (5g, 3a) in two games at the Frozen Four, including two goals vs. Notre Dame in the title game… Tied the record for goals in a single NCAA tournament with seven… His five goals in the Frozen Four ranks fourth all-time… Earned points in 30 of 43 games during his junior season, including a career-best five points (4g, 1a) at Harvard (12/12)… Also had five four-point games during the season.
2008-09: Completed his first professional season, spending most of the year in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Portland… Appeared in 10 NHL games with the Sabres, earning one assist… Netted 30 goals and added 26 assists (56 points) in 57 AHL games… Honored with the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s rookie of the year… Also named to the AHL All-Rookie Team and PlanetUSA for the 2009 AHL All-Star Game… Made his NHL debut at TB (12/6)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist at NJ (12/13)… Missed six games due to an upper-body injury (12/17-12/27)… Played five Calder Cup playoff games for Portland, as the Pirates fell to Providence in the opening round.
2009-10: Appeared in 10 NHL games during two separate NHL recalls with Buffalo, totaling five points (2g, 3a)… Netted his first NHL goal vs. WSH (12/9)… Scored his first NHL game-winning goal vs. FLA (3/31)… Missed eight NHL games with a groin injury… Also played 44 AHL games for Portland, earning 38 points (11g, 27a)… Had his second AHL four-point game with a goal and three assists vs. Hartford (10/16)… Played his 100th AHL game at Providence (3/26)… Appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time, earning two points (1g, 1a) in two games… Recorded his first career playoff point with an assist in his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 5 vs. BOS (4/23)… Netted his first NHL playoff goal in Game 6 at BOS (4/26).
2010-11: Established NHL career highs in games played (64), goals (16), assists (15) and points (31)… Buffalo was 10-1-2 when he scored a goal, 19-2-4 when he earned a point and 5-1-0 when he had multiple points… Scored two goals just five seconds apart vs. NYI (1/21), setting a Buffalo franchise record and falling just one second shy of the NHL record… Had two three-game goal streaks (1/20-1/23; 3/19-3/22)… Missed eight games due to injury (fractured jaw: 10/30-11/15)… Appeared in all seven Stanley Cup playoff games as the Sabres fell to the Flyers in the first round… Led Buffalo with 18 penalty minutes and ranked tied for second on the team in hits (20)… Netted his second career playoff goal and had three hits in Game 3 vs. PHI (4/18)… Tied for the team lead with five hits in Game 5 at PHI (4/22)… Scored a goal in Game 6 vs. PHI (4/24).
2011-12: Recorded six goals and 19 assists (25 points) in 62 games for the Sabres… Matched his career best with three-game point streaks twice (11/4-11/8; 2/16-2/19)… Scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout at NJ (1/24) and vs. DA L (2/10)… Appeared in his 100th NHL game at BOS (11/12)… Registered a season-high eight hits vs. BOS (11/23)… Scored the game-winning goal and earned an assist vs. ED M (1/3).