Jeff is single and spends his summers in his hometown of Markham, Ontario… He is the second-youngest of six hockey-playing siblings, including four siblings who played college hockey: Andrea (Cornell), Jennifer (Harvard), Erica (Carleton) and Ben (Wilfrid Laurier)… His youngest sister, Jillian, plays junior for the Mississauga Chiefs… 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’s charity involvement includes Head Strong, a brain injury awareness organization… His favorite television show is Friends, favorite movie is 300 and favorite book is The Scarlet Pimpernel… He enjoys country music, and his first job was as a newspaper carrier… Jeff’s favorite meal is sushi, favorite website is YouTube.com and favorite video game is NHL 12… He enjoys watching football and is also a fan of Roger Federer and the Toronto Blue Jays… 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 Toronto 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, each 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 third NHL season with the Hurricanes… 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)… Made his season debut in Carolina’s opener at FLA (1/19)… Netted his first goal of the season at TB (1/22)… Earned his first multi-point game of the season with two goals vs. BUF (1/24)… 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)… Earned two assists vs. TOR (2/14), giving him points in 10 of the season’s first 13 games (7g, 7a)… Suffered a concussion during that game and missed the following five contests… Returned to action vs. PIT (2/28) and netted his eighth goal of the season… Scored a goal and earned an assist vs. NJ (3/9)… Recorded a career-high 10 shots on net vs. WPG (3/26)… Netted his 13th goal of the season vs. PHI (4/20)… Games missed due to injury: 6 (concussion: 2/18-2/26; upper-body: 4/18)… Longest goal streak: 4 games (1/22-1/28: 5g, 0a)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (2/2-2/7: 0g, 5a)… Longest point streak: 5 games (2/2- 2/11: 2g, 5a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (1/24 vs. BUF, 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (2/4 at TOR: 0g, 3a)… Multi-point games: 3 (last: 3/9 vs. NJ: 1g, 1a).
Is in his fourth 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 II HF 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 II HF World Championship… Earned four points (2g, 2a) for Canada at the 2013 II HF 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. ED M (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. DE T (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.