Recipient of Unsung Hero Award as voted by his teammates…Appeared in 78 games overall, including careerhigh 73 straight from October 17 vs. Carolina through April 6 at Atlanta…Games-played total was highest of NHL career (59, ’07- 08); was first among Devils’ defensemen with career-high 6g-31a- 37pts and second at plus-nine (P. Martin, +10)…Tied for second on team with four game-winning goals (Z. Parise, 5)…Recorded points in career-high five straight games November 4-12 (2g-4a-6pts); set team mark by scoring or assisting on GWG in five straight team games…Stretch included: power play assist (on GWG) November 4 vs. Washington, PPA (on GWG) November 6 vs. NY Islanders, PP tally/first career GWG November 7 at Ottawa, two assists (1a on GWG) November 11 vs. Anaheim and GWG November 12 at Pittsburgh… Posted assists/points in three straight games three times: March 25-28 (3a), December 18-21 (4a) and November 28-December 4 (3a)…Also had points in back-to-back contests four times, most recently March 10- 12 (1g-3a-4pts)…Recorded seven multiple-point games, including first career two-goal game December 9 vs. Carolina…Totals included 1g-1a March 12 vs. Pittsburgh; had five two-assist games, most recently April 10 vs. NY Islanders…Appeared in his 200th career NHL contest March 23 vs. Columbus…Added 1g-1a-2pts in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia…Represented Team USA at World Championships marking first-ever international action.
2008-09: Forty-nine games played, seven assists/nine points fell short of previous season’s totals (59 GP, 8a/10pts); two goals matched 2007-08 mark…Appeared in career-high (since surpassed) 35 straight contests December 19-March 3; did not see action in more than six straight contests (October 16-29) during any other stretch…Totals included 100th career NHL game January 10 at Los Angeles…Recorded two multiplepoint games: career-high 3a/pts October 29 vs. Toronto and 2a October 22 vs. Dallas…Posted points in back-to-back games October 18-22 (1g-2a-3pts)…Missed 18 games November 1-December 13 with broken hand suffered October 29 vs. Toronto…Made his 2008-09 debut October 16 at Atlanta…2007-08: Completed his first full NHL campaign by appearing in 59 games…Saw action in 28 of the last 50 contests overall; played in season-high 23 straight to start campaign through November 24…Completed season with 2g-8a-10pts overall, including 1g-4a-5pts in his last 21 appearances…Posted career-high three-game point-scoring streak January 8-12 (1g-2a-3pts); notched first goal of season October 6 at Florida…One of four first-year players on Devils’ opening night roster (N. Bergfors, D. Clarkson & R. Pelley); considered a rookie despite games-played total (23) during 2006-07 season…Saw action in two post-season contests…2006-07: Played in season-high 18 straight National Hockey League games February 27-April 5 to surpass 5- game stretch January 12-20…Had points in back-to-back games for first time March 17-20 (2a)…Recorded first career NHL goal with power play tally March 8 at Pittsburgh…Recalled from Lowell (AHL) February 27 for first NHL action since January 20 vs. Philadelphia; posted first NHL point with assist that afternoon…American Hockey League totals showed 5g- 16a-21pts and 28 penalty minutes with plus-six mark in 52 games played through April 8 re-assignment…American League totals included two season-high 3-game point-scoring streaks: January 21-27 (2g-1a-3pts) and December 29-January 5 (1g-3a-4pts)…Totals also showed 2g December 15 vs. Providence…Made his Devils/NHL debut January 12 vs. Atlanta; recalled from Lowell that morning…Represented PlanetUSA at 2007 AHL All-Star Game and had 1a…Recalled by New Jersey just prior to Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Tampa Bay…Was one of three Devils’ rookies (J. Oduya & T. Zajac) to make their NHL post-season debuts in game one vs. Lightning…Attended first Devils/NHL training camp, September 2006; assigned to Lowell October 3…Made pro debut October 7 vs. Albany…Completed his first 54 pro season after signing free agent contract April 4, 2006; was not drafted…CAREER: Joined organization after four seasons with Miami University of Ohio (CCHA)…RedHawks’ totals showed 27g-87a-114pts and 256 PIM in 159 career games played…Was first among CCHA defensemen with career-high 7g-27a-34pts during junior season…Finished first among Miami’s defensemen during each of his four seasons (tie, ’05- 06); appeared in every game during that span…Recipient of Miami’s Gary DeLonge Most Valuable Player Award in 2004-05; named Miami’s Rookie of the Year in 2002-03…Named to CCHA All-Rookie Team (2003), First All-Star Team (2004, 2005, 2006), All-Tournament Team (2004, 2006), Offensive Defenseman of the Year (2005, 2006), as well as NCAA West Second All-American Team (2005) and CCHA Defensive Defenseman of the Year (2006)…Prior to collegiate career, spent the 2001-02 season with Compuware (NAHL); helped lead Ambassadors to NAHL Championship.
Spends his summers in hometown of Trenton, MI…Majored in education at Miami University (OH)…Brothers Matt and Shawn played hockey at Western Michigan and Lake Superior State, respectively…Lists his favorite TV shows as Seinfeld, Family Guy and 24, and his favorite movie as Old School…Enjoys country music, especially Toby Keith…His earliest hockey memory is of his father waking him up at 5:00 AM at the age of five for Mites’ practice, then eating breakfast with him afterwards…Taught roller hockey at a local rink at age 14…Lists steak and pasta as his favorite foods.
1st NHL GP: 1/12/07, Atl. 1 @ NJ 2 • 1st NHL Goal: 3/8/07, NJ 4 @ Pit. 3 (SO) vs. M.A. Fleury • 1st NHL Assist: 1/20/07, Phi. 3 @ NJ 4 (SO) • 200th NHL GP: 3/23/10, CBJ 3 @ NJ 6 • Most Goals in Game: 2; 12/9/09, Car. 2 @ NJ 4 • Most Assists in Game: 3; 10/29/08, Tor. 6 @ NJ 5 (SO) • Most Pts. in Game: 3; 10/29/08, Tor. 6 @ NJ 5 (SO) (3a) • Most PIM in Game: 4; 4/4/09, NJ 3 @ Buf. 2 (2 min.); 12/23/07, NJ 1 @ Cgy. 0 (2 min.); 10/20/07, NJ 3 @ NYI 4 (2 min.) • Most Shots in Game: 5; 2/8/08, Ana. 2 @ NJ 1 • GP Streak: 73; 10/17/09-4/6/10 • Goal-Scoring Streak: 1; 11 times, last time 3/12/10 (1g) • Assist-Scoring Streak: 3; 3/25-28/10 (3a); 12/18-21/09 (4a); 11/28-12/4/09 (3a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 5; 11/4-12/09 (2g-4a-6pts) • Penalties: 32 min. • Multiple-Pt. Games: 8 2-pt. games, 1 3-pt. game