Named Devils’ Most Valuable Player, as voted by his teammates for second straight season…Totals showed 38 goals/44 assists/82 points, team-leading five game-winning goals, 347 shots and plus-24 mark in first season as alternate captain…Is first player in team history to record four consecutive 30-goal seasons, as well as back-to-back 80-point campaigns…Is sixth in team history with 160 career goals; total is the most in team history during a player’s first five full years (P. Verbeek, 144)…Shot-total is second-highest total in his career/team history (364, ’08-09)…Set career/team season high with points in ten straight games November 7-28 (9g-6a-15pts)…Goals in six straight November 7-19 (7g) tied franchise mark; accomplished feat for second time (Oct. 18-Nov. 1, ’08), while joining B. Holik (Dec. 5-18, ’98), V. Zelepukin (Apr. 4-16, ’93), K. Muller (Dec. 15-26, ’89), and Verbeek (Oct. 18-30, ’86) …Recorded points in six straight October 16-29 (5g-5a-10pts); five straight April 3-11 (3g-5a-8pts); and in four straight February 12-March 5 (4g-3a-7pts)…Also posted points in three straight four times, most recently January 20-23 (3g-1a-4pts); and in back-to-back games three times, most recently March 15-17 (2g-1a-3pts)…Stats showed 25 multiple-point games, including season/career-high (tie) 2g-2a-4pts January 29 vs. Toronto…Recorded four 3pt efforts: 1g-2a April 10 vs. NY Islanders, 2g-1a March 23 vs. Columbus, 3a December 21 at Pittsburgh and 2g-1a October 22 at NY Rangers…Tied franchise mark with 20 2pt efforts overall (B. Gionta, ’05-06 & P. Sykora, ’98-99), including 2g March 5 at Calgary, January 23 at NY Islanders, December 28 vs. Atlanta and November 19 at Nashville…Also had 12 1g-1a contests, most recently April 3 at Carolina; as well as four two-assist games, most recently March 2 at San Jose…Played in his 400th career NHL game March 28 at Philadelphia…Reached 300pt mark in NHL career January 14 at Phoenix…Posted game-determining goal October 8 at Tampa Bay; was 5-11 (45.4%) in shootouts overall…Missed contest February 10 vs. Philadelphia (upper body), snapping career-high 187 consecutive games-played streak (Dec. 23, ’07 at Cgy.)…Served Silver Medalwinning Team USA as alternate captain during 2010 Olympic Winter Games; tied for team lead (B. Rafalski) with 4g-4a-8pts in six games and was named to All-Star Team.
2008-09: Named to NHL’s Second All-Star Team; was a finalist for Lady Byng Trophy…Finished fifth in balloting for Hart Trophy as league MVP…One of five players in Devils’ lineup to appear in all 82 games…Led squad with career-high 45 goals, 49 assists and 94 points; was third in NHL in goals/fifth in points…One of just four players in team history to reach 45-goal mark (B. Gionta, 48, ’05-06; P. Verbeek, 46, ’87- 88; & J. MacLean, 45, ’90-91); one of three with 94pts (P. Elias, 96, ’00-01 & K. Muller, 94, ’87-88)…Second player in franchise history (Muller, ’85-86 to ’87-88) to increase point production through each of his first four seasons in league; 122 career goals are the most in team history during a player’s first four full years (Elias, 112)…First on club with career-high 14 power play goals and eight game-winning goals (tie, ’07-08); was second with career-high plus-30 mark (T. Zajac, +33)…Established franchise record with 364 shots on goal (MacLean, 322, ’89-90); had shots in 81 of 82 games played…Appeared in his 300th career NHL game February 13 vs. Boston; reached 100g mark January 10 at Los Angeles and reached/surpassed 200-point mark December 27 at NY Rangers…With 22g-36a-58pts at Prudential Center, tied franchise record for points on home ice (Elias, ’00-01)…Matched franchise record with 26 multiple-point games (Gionta, ’05-06; S. Gomez, ’05-06 & Muller, ’87- 88)…Totals showed three 4pt efforts: 2g-2a February 11 vs. NY Islanders, 4a December 19 vs. Ottawa and 4a December 12 vs. NY Rangers…Four assists were a career/team season high; entered campaign with two career 4pt games…Stats showed five 3pt matches, including 2g-1a February 28 vs. Florida…Had three 1g-2a games: April 3 vs. Tampa Bay, February 26 vs. Colorado and October 24 vs. Philadelphia…Posted 3a November 21 vs. NY Islanders…Eighteen 2pt games include three 2g matches: February 9 vs. NY Rangers, December 30 at St. Louis and November 1 vs. Atlanta…Recorded two career-high eight-game point- scoring streaks (since surpassed): March 7-22 (3g-8a-11pts) and January 17-February 6 (5g-6a- 11pts)…Matched team mark with 6-game goal-scoring stretch October 18-November 1 (7g-4a-11pts, since tied)…Recorded two game-determining goals: November 15 vs. Washington and October 18 at Washington; was 4-8 (50.0%) in shootouts during season…Tallied three overtime goals: April 3 vs. Tampa Bay, December 6 at Montreal and October 11 at Pittsburgh…Named NHL’s First Star of the Week for period ending February 15; led league in scoring during that stretch with 4g-4a-8pts…2007- 08: Finished first on NJD with 32g-33a-65pts; was also first with 266 shots, tied for first (P. Elias) with career-high 8 GWG (since tied) and third with +13 mark…Led team with 17 multiple-point games, including two 4pt contests: 3g-1a November 30 vs. Montreal, marking first career hat trick and 2g-2a December 5 vs. Boston…Had points in team season-high (tie, Gionta) six straight games February 13-23 (5g-2a-7pts); goals in five straight February 15-23 was also team season high…Appeared in his 200th lifetime contest December 29 at NY Islanders…Missed game December 23 at Calgary (ill), snapping career-high consecutive games-played stretch at 175 (since surpassed)…Recorded last point of season with OT tally April 1 at NY Islanders…Posted GDG April 2 vs. Boston, January 12 at Buffalo and December 28 vs. Buffalo; was 4-11 (36.4%) in shootouts overall…Recorded first career shorthanded goal December 15 vs. Phoenix…Finished with 1g-4a-5pts in five post-season contests; 4a led team…Represented United States, while posting 5g-3a-8pts at World Championships; 5g were tied for second on squad…2006-07: One of six players in Devils’ lineup to play in all 82 games; had points in 49 of the 82 overall…Thirty-one goals were first on squad, while 62pts were second (Elias, 69)…Tied for first (J. Langenbrunner) on club with 7 GWG; recorded GDG December 2 at Philadelphia and November 9 vs. Chicago, and was 7-14 in SO overall (50.0%)…Notched 2g-4a-6pts and was named MVP of NHL YoungStars Game…Had two season-high 6-game point-scoring streaks: March 22-April 1 (3g-4a-7pts) and December 17-29 (4g-6a-10pts)…Goals in four straight January 30-February 6 (4g) matched team’s season high (Gionta & Langenbrunner)…Had 11 multiple-point games overall, including two seasonhigh 1g-2a-3pt efforts: December 17 at NY Rangers and November 17 vs. Ottawa…Two-point games included three 2g contests: January 4 vs. NY Islanders, December 23 at Atlanta and October 6 in season-opener at Carolina…Finished tied for second (Elias) on squad with 7g-3a-10pts in Stanley CupPlayoffs; was second (Gionta, 8) with 7g…Tied C. Lemieux’s franchise record of 6g in a series (’95 ECSF vs. Pit.) during Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Tampa Bay…Posted goals in four straight April 12-18 (6g), including 2g each in games 1/4…Recorded 1g-2a-3pts in game one of ECSF vs. Ottawa…Appeared in 1 game for United States at 2007 World Championships…2005-06: Played in season-high 58 straight games through April 18; also appeared in 23 straight to begin season through November 29…Five of his 14g overall were GWG…Ten of 14g, 13 of 18a and 23 of 32pts were scored at home…Recorded two season-high 3-game point-scoring streaks: March 23-26 (2g-1a-3pts) and December 28-31 (3a)…Had three multiple-point games, including first career 2g outing April 13 vs. Philadelphia…Posted GDG January 21 vs. NY Islanders; was 1-3 (33.3%) in SO overall…Recorded 1g-1a- 2pts in his NHL debut during October 5 season-opener vs. Pittsburgh…Was just the 12th player in Devils’ history to record a goal in his first NHL game; joined J. Madill, S. Pellerin, D. Pederson, P. Sykora, S. Sullivan, P. Rheaume, B. Morrison, P. Dagenais, J. Bicek, J. Boumedienne and M. Rupp…One of four to record 2pts; joined M. Wilson, Pellerin and Rupp…Recorded first career playoff goal in game 3 of ECQF at NY Rangers…2004-05: Spent first pro season with Albany (AHL) after attending first pro training camp…Finished second on River Rats with 40a and 58pts…Totals included two season-high 4-game point-scoring streaks, most recently February 19-26 (1g-9a-10pts)…Recorded 15 multiple-point games overall, including season-high 4a December 8 vs. Providence…Played in AHL All-Star Game; recorded GDG…OTHER: Signed with organization March 29, 2004 after two seasons at University of North Dakota…Collegiate totals showed 49g-67a-116pts and 58 penalty minutes in 76 games played…Fighting Sioux teammates included older brother, goaltender Jordan, who played at Lowell (AHL), as well as former Devils’ defenseman D. Hale and older brother, forward Ryan Hale…International experience also included 2003 and ’04 World Junior Championships…Recorded tourney-leading 6g-5a- 11pts en-route to Gold Medal in 2004…A member of the U.S. Development Program in 2001-02.
Spends his summers in Faribault, MN… Father, Jean-Paul, played 14 NHL seasons with Boston, Toronto, Minnesota, NY Islanders and Cleveland, and represented Canada at 1972 Summit Series vs. U.S.S.R…Also served Minnesota North Stars as an assistant coach for six of seven seasons 1980-81 through ’87-88…J.P. was head coach of CHL’s Salt Lake Golden Eagles in ’83-84, worked with the hockey program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and served as the general manager and director of hockey operations for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)…Is a New Jersey State Library “Champion,” a program that encourages reading…Read Jules Feiffers’ Bark, George to children from the Katzenbach School for the Deaf on May 25, 2010…Took part in the Faribault Hockey Celebrity Shoot-Out, benefiting the local hockey association, in July 2009…Lists 24 as his favorite TV show and The Count of Monte Cristo as his favorite movie…Played three seasons of varsity hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s; alumni list includes Pittsburgh’s S. Crosby…Lists golf and cribbage among his hobbies…Worked as a golf caddy while in high school…Enjoys reading James Patterson novels…Brother, Jordan, spent the 2009-10 season with Wheeling (ECHL)…Was in attendance at the 2010 ESPY Awards as the U.S.-Canada Gold Medal Olympic contest was nominated for the “Best Game” Award…Took batting practice with Minnesota Twins in 2009 and 2010.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 1st NHL GP: 10/5/05, Pit. 1 @ NJ 5 • 1st NHL Goal: 10/5/05, Pit. 1 @ NJ 5 vs. J. Thibault • 1st NHL Assist: 10/5/05, Pit. 1 @ NJ 5 • 400th NHL GP: 3/28/10, NJ 1 @ Phi. 5 • 300th NHL Point: 1/14/10, NJ 3 @ Phx. 4 (a) • Most Goals in Game: 3; 11/30/07, Mtl. 0 @ NJ 4 • Most Assists in Game: 4; 12/19/08, Ott. 1 @ NJ 5; 12/12/08, NYR 5 @ NJ 8 • Most Pts. in Game: 4; 6 times, last time 1/29/10, Tor. 4 @ NJ 5 (OT) (2g-2a) • Most PIM in Game: 5; 3/7/08, TB 1 @ NJ 2 (OT) (maj.) • Most Shots in Game: 10; 2/17/09, NJ 0 @ Fla. 4 • GP Streak: 186; 12/28/07-4/6/08 (46), 10/10/08-4/11/09 (82), 10/3/09-2/8/10 (58) • Goal-Scoring Streak: 6; 11/7-19/09 (7g); 10/8-11/1/08 (7g) • Assist-Scoring Streak: 5; 10/17-29/09 (5a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 10; 11/7-28/09 (9g-6a-15pts) • Penalties: 67 min., 1 maj. • Multiple-Pt. Games: 62 2-pt. games, 14 3-pt. games, 6 4-pt. games