Jeff is single and spends his summers in Toronto… He is the second-youngest of six hockey-playing siblings, including five siblings who played college hockey: Andrea (Cornell), Jennifer (Harvard), Erica (Carleton), Ben (Wilfrid Laurier) and Jillian (Mercyhurst)… Jeff was also a competitive figure skater growing up, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Skate Canada Junior Nationals… He began playing hockey when he was 3 years old, and his first team was in the Markham house league… He cites his family as the biggest influence on his career, and his favorite player growing up was Mats Sundin… Jeff is a supporter of Toronto Sick Kids Hospital and various charities and fundraiser events… His favorite television show is Game of Thrones, his favorite movie is 300… He enjoys reading biographies… Jeff is a country music fan, and his first job was as a newspaper carrier… His favorite meal is sushi and favorite website is YouTube.com… He enjoys watching football and is also a fan of Roger Federer and the Toronto Blue Jays… Jeff’s Twitter username is @JeffSkinner… The person, past or present, that he would most like to meet is Terry Fox… His favorite former teammate is Gabriel Landeskog… Jeff wore 23 as a kid, but switched to 53 at the suggestion of his mom and brother when another player already had 23 in Kitchener… His favorite road city is New York and favorite road arena is Air Canada Centre… His most memorable hockey moments were being drafted by the Hurricanes and scoring his first NHL goal, both of which happened at Staples Center in Los Angeles… His favorite thing about playing in the NHL is playing with guys he grew up watching.
Completed his fifth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Ranked fifth on the team in points (31), second in goals (18) and tied for third in power-play goals (4) in 77 games played… Ranked second on the team and 14th in the NHL with 62 takeaways… Suffered a concussion on a hit by Capitals’ defenseman Matt Niskanen during a preseason game at WSH (10/5), and missed the first four games of the regular season (10/10-10/16)… Made his season debut at WPG (10/21)… Scored his first goal of the season at EDM (10/24)… Recorded his first assist of the season at VAN (10/28)… Scored a goal and skated 19:46 vs. CBJ (11/7)… Scored his 100th NHL/Hurricanes goal vs. CGY and added an assist for his first multi-point game of the season (11/10)… Became the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 goals (Sylvain Turgeon, Ron Francis and Geoff Sanderson)… Registered a goal and an assist at LA (11/20)… Notched his first multi-assist game of the season with two assists at COL (11/22)… Scored a goal and added an assist vs. NSH (1/2)… Recorded a season-high 10 shots vs. DET (12/7)… Earned his 200th NHL/Hurricanes point at MTL (12/16)…Became the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to reach 200 points (Ron Francis, Sylvain Turgeon and Eric Staal)… Scored a goal and added an assist at STL (1/10)… Scored a goal in three straight games: 2/12-2/16… Recorded another three-game goal streak from 2/21-2/27, including the game-winning goal vs. PHI (2/24)… Notched his first multi-goal game of the season, including the game-winning goal vs. EDM (3/8)… Recorded his 100th NHL/Hurricanes assist vs. OTT (3/17)… Games missed due to injury: 5 (Concussion: 10/10-10/16, 1/2)… Longest goal streak: 3 games (2/12-2/16: 3g, 0a; 2/21-2/27: 3g, 0a)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (11/8-11/10: 1g, 2a; 11/20-11/22: 1g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 4 games (2/21-2/28: 3g, 1a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (3/8 vs. EDM: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (11/22 at COL: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 6 (11/10 vs. CGY: 1g, 1a; 11/20 at LA: 1g, 1a; 11/22 at COL: 0g, 2a; 12/2 vs. NSH: 1g, 1a; 1/10 at STL: 1g, 1a; 3/8 vs. EDM: 2g, 0a).
Is in his sixth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Signed a six-year contract extension with Carolina on 8/8/12, which goes through the 2018-19 season… Drafted seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft… Represented Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, where he ranked third on the team in scoring with six points (3g, 3a) despite being the youngest player in the tournament… Notched three goals and two assists (5 points) for Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship… Earned four points (2g, 2a) for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship… Also represented Canada at the 2009 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, leading the tournament with six goals, including two in the gold medal game against Russia… Played for the gold-medal-winning Team Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge, scoring the game-winning goal against Russia in the championship final.
2007-08: Totaled 109 points (65g, 44a) in 56 games for the Toronto Young Nats, prior to beginning his major junior career.
2008-09: Notched 27 goals and 24 assists (51 points) in 63 games as a 16-year-old for Kitchener… Ranked fourth among OHL rookies in goals and 10th among rookies in points… Led Kitchener in goals and was third among Rangers skaters in points.
2009-10: Ranked second in the OHL in goals (50) and tied for seventh in the league in scoring (90 points) in his second OHL season… Was tied for second in the league in power-play goals (21) and fourth in the OHL in game-winning goals (9)… Was the only Canadian Hockey League (QMJHL, OHL, WHL) player in his draft class to score 50 regular-season goals, and was the first Kitchener Ranger to score 50 goals in 23 years… Played for Team OHL at the Subway Super Series, netting a pair of goals against Russia and earning Player of the Game honors… Was named MVP of Team Orr at the 2010 Top Prospects Game after tallying a goal and an assist, and was crowned the winner of the creative breakaway skills competition… Also skated in the 2010 OHL All-Star Game, netting a goal… Earned a season-high, nine-game point streak from 2/5-2/25 (8g, 8a)… Had 15 multi-goal efforts, including two hat tricks (10/30 vs. Erie, 2/20 at Owen Sound)…Notched two four-point games: 12/18 vs. Guelph (2g, 2a) and 1/23 vs. Erie (1g, 3a)… Netted the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining in the season finale vs. Owen Sound (3/12) for his 50th goal of the season… Ranked second among league skaters in points (33) and tied for first in goals (20) during the 2010 OHL playoffs, helping Kitchener advance to the Western Conference Final before falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion Windsor in seven games… Was also first among league skaters in playoff power-play goals… Earned his first career playoff hat trick with three goals in Game 4 vs. London (4/7)… Was held off the score sheet in just three of Kitchener’s 20 postseason contests… Completed his junior hockey career with 141 points (77g, 64a) and 106 penalty minutes in 127 regular-season games and 33 points (20g, 13a) in 20 career OHL playoff games.
2010-11: Completed his first NHL season with the Hurricanes… Won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, becoming the first player in franchise history and the youngest player in NHL history to win the award… Was also voted by his peers as the Sporting News Rookie of the Year… Ranked first among NHL rookies in points (63), second in assists (32) and third in goals (31)… Was tied for second among rookies in power-play assists (12) and power-play points (18)… Led all NHL skaters in penalties drawn (45)… Was the youngest player to spend the entire season in the NHL… Led Carolina in third-period goals (13)… Carolina was 20-4-2 when he scored a goal… Had 14 multi-point games… Earned an assist for Team Staal in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center (1/30), as he became the youngest All-Star in NHL history (18 years, 259 days), breaking the record set by Steve Yzerman (18 years, 267 days) in 1984… Made his NHL debut against MIN (10/7) in the first game of the 2010 NHL Premiere in Helsinki… Became the third-youngest player in NHL history to score in the shootout when he tallied the game-winner against Niklas Backstrom (10/8)… Only younger shootout scorers were Sam Gagner (18 years, 76 days) and Sidney Crosby (18 years, 95 days)… Was the 13th player in NHL history to score in the shootout before netting a regulation NHL goal… Earned his first NHL point with an assist on Ruutu’s goal, and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout vs. MIN (10/8)… With his assist, became the youngest player in franchise history to earn a point (18 years, 145 days), breaking the mark set by Paul Lawless (18 years, 172 days)… Took his first NHL penalty (interference) at OTT (10/14)… Beat Jonathan Bernier for his first NHL goal at 14:39 of the second period at LA (10/20)… At 18 years, 157 days old, he became the youngest player in franchise history to score a goal, breaking the mark held by Paul Lawless (18 years, 181 days)… Was just the second 18-year-old to score a goal in a Hurricanes sweater (Eric Staal, 10/23/03)… Had his first NHL multi-goal and multi-point game with two goals and the primary assist on Erik Cole’s game-winner at NYR (10/29)… Earned his first career multi-assist game and netted his sixth goal of the season vs. EDM (11/9)… Was named NHL Rookie of the Month for January, after tallying 14 points (9g, 5a) and a plus-6 rating in 14 games… Scored his 30th goal of the season vs. DET (4/6), becoming the youngest player in franchise history and the seventh-youngest player in NHL history to reach 30 goals (18 years, 325 days).
2011-12: Was second among Carolina skaters in goals (20) and third in points (44), skating in 64 games… Was third on the team in power-play assists (9) and power-play points (13) and fourth on the team in power-play goals (4)… Led Hurricanes forwards in penalty minutes (56)… Earned a career-high three assists at WSH (10/8)… Tied his career high with three points (1g, 2a) at WPG (10/22)… Skated in his 100th career NHL game, vs. PHI (11/14)… Was scratched at WPG (12/9) due to a concussion, marking his first missed NHL game… Returned to the lineup at WSH (1/15) after missing 16 games… Earned his 100th career NHL point with an assist at BUF (3/7)… Scored two goals, including the game-winner, and had a career-high 12 penalty minutes at TB (3/10)… Scored his 20th goal of the season vs. STL (3/15)… Was suspended by the NHL on 3/16 for two games for kicking STL’s Scott Nichol.
2012-13: Ranked tied for third on the team in goals (13) and was fourth on the team in points (24)… Led the Hurricanes and was 11th in the NHL in shots (159)… Scored goals in four consecutive games from 1/22-1/28 (5g, 0a)… Matched his career-highs for points and assists in a game with three assists at TOR (2/4)… Games missed due to injury: 6 (concussion: 2/18-2/26; upper-body: 4/18).
2013-14: Led the team in goals (33), power-play goals (11), game-winning goals (6) and shots (274), all career highs… Ranked tied for eighth in the NHL in power-play goals, ninth in shots, tied for 11th in goals and tied for 15th in game-winning goals… Led the team in multi-goal games (6) and multi-point games (13)… Ranked second on the team in points (54) and fifth in assists (21)… Played in his 200th NHL/Hurricanes game at BOS (11/23)… Recorded his first NHL hat trick (3g, 0a) and became the first Hurricanes skater to tally a hat trick on the road since Eric Staal on Jan. 21, 2010 at NSH (12/5)… Named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Dec. 8 after scoring five goals and earning an assist in three Carolina victories… Earned three points (2g, 1a) vs. MTL (12/31) and became the first member of the Carolina franchise to score two power-play goals in 37 seconds or less since Pat Verbeek on Nov. 24, 1990 with Hartford… Tallied 12 goals in December, the most in any month in his career and tied for the most in the NHL with Patrick Sharp (CHI)… Recorded his second hat trick in 13 games at WSH (1/2), becoming the third player in Carolina franchise history to score three or more goals, including the overtime game-winner, in one game… Named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Jan. 5 after earning nine points (6g, 3a) in four Hurricanes victories… Extended his point streak to a career-high six games (12/29-1/9: 7g, 5a) vs. TOR (1/9)… Became the first player to score 17 goals in a 17-game span (12/3-1/9) for the franchise since Mike Rogers in 1980-81… Recorded 24 points (17g, 7a) and eight multi-point games in 17 contests (12/3-1/9)… Posted 11 points (7g, 4a), four multi-point games and three game-winning goals in a five-game span (12/31-1/9)… Scored four game-winning goals in January, matching the most in a calendar month in franchise history… Became the youngest player in franchise history to score on a penalty shot, beating Henrik Lundqvist vs. NYR (3/7)… Set a franchise record with 13 shots on goal vs. BUF (3/13), the most by any NHL player in a game since Dec. 28, 2010… Stretched his goal streak to a season-high and career-high-tying four games (3/25-3/31: 4g, 0a) at OTT (3/31)… Scored his 30th goal of the season at OTT (3/31), becoming the first player in Hurricanes history (since relocation) to register at least two 30-goal seasons before turning 22 years old… Netted two goals, pushing his season total to a career-high 33 at PHI (4/13)… Games missed due to injury: 11.