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Kurtis Foster
Kurtis Foster
Defenceman
Number: 26
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 225
Shoots: Right
Born: 24 Nov 1981
Birthplace: Carp, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2010
Drafted: CGY / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (40th overall)
2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS: Finished 4th on the team and 1st among TBL defensemen with 34 assists…ranked 1st among TBL defensemen and 5th on the team with 164 shots on goal…ranked 1st among TBL defensemen and 4th on the team with 42 points…finished 6th on team with 70 blocked shots…ranked 2nd among TBL defensemen in shot percentage with 4.9…recorded multi-point games on Nov. 22 @ ATL, Dec. 15 @ NSH, Dec. 18 @ STL, Dec. 28 vs BOS, Jan. 8 vs NJD, Jan. 12  vs WSH, Jan. 31 @ WSH and Mar. 11 at TOR…was a season-high +2 on Nov. 16 @ PHX, Dec. 18 @ STL and Jan. 8 vs NJD…tied career-high two goal total Nov. 27 vs NYR…recorded his 100th career point on Jan. 27 vs MTL.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2008-09:
Played in 10 games with Minnesota, recording a goal and 6 points with a +7 rating … Missed most of the season while recovering from a fractured left femur suffered during the 2007-08 season … Finished the season with a goal and 5 points in the final 3 games with a +6 rating, tying his career high with a point in 3 consecutive games … Registered a goal and 2 points with a +3 rating and 19:45 in ice time 4/11 at CBJ … Played in 6 games with Houston (AHL), recording a goal and 6 points…

2007-08:
Notched 10 power play points (3-7-10), 2 GWG and 3 multi-point games ... Missed 16 games due to injury...  Sat out 2 games with sore back (3/4-3/6), suffered hairline fracture of bone above eye 11/24 at NSH and missed 4 games (11/28-12/5) ... Missed final 8 games of regular season after suffering season-ending fractured left femur 3/19 at SJS ... Notched season-high 2 assists 2/27 at TBL ... Missed the 1st 2 games of season with groin injury (10/4-10/6) … Logged a season-high 25:31 of ice time 10/30 vs. PIT ... 

2006-07:
Led MIN defensemen with 20 assists, including a franchise-record-tying 13 power-play assists and ranked 2nd with 23 points ... Set the MIN single-season record with 14 assists at home by a defenseman ... Established a career-high for assists ... Missed 18 games due to injury ... Collected 6 PP assists during career-high-tying 3-game point streak 12/29-1/2 (0-6-6) ... Suffered lower-body injury 1/19 at CHI and missed 9 games 1/20-2/10 ... Logged season-high 25:37 in ice-time 1/14 at CHI ... Notched career-high 3 points (all PP assists) 12/29 vs. CBJ ...  Missed 9 games 12/1-12/19 with a throat injury suffered 11/29 vs. SJS ... Tied a franchise record for defenseman with 7 shots on goal 11/20 at OTT ... 

2007 Playoffs:
Collected an assist in Game 2 4/13 at ANA … Made NHL playoff debut 4/11 at ANA and collected an assist ...

2005-06:
Led all Minnesota defensemen in points (28) and goals (10) in his rookie season ... Established a franchise record for goals scored at home by a defenseman (9) and tied the club record for goals scored at home by a rookie ... Ranked 8th in the league in points among rookie defensemen and tied for 2nd in goals ... Scored his 9th goal of the season at home 3/14 vs. EDM, establishing a team record for goals at home by a MIN defenseman ... Registered a season-high 3-game point streak 1/18-1/22 in which he tallied 5 points (2-3-5) … Logged a team-high 28:42 of TOI and tallied the GWG in overtime 12/17 vs. MTL ... Earned the 1st 2-assist game of his career 12/15 vs. BOS ... Tallied 4 points (3-1-4) in his 1st 3 games with the Wild ... Scored twice in his Minnesota debut, including the game-winner, for the 1st 2 goals of his career 11/19 vs. NSH ... Became the 7th player in team history to score a goal in his 1st game in a Wild sweater, and the 1st Wild player to collect 2 goals in his 1st game with the team …

2004-05: Tied for 1st on team with a +16 rating and 4th in scoring ... Led team defensemen in goals, assists and points ... His 17 goals ranked 2nd among AHL defensemen and his 8 PPGs ranked tied for 3rd …

2003-04:
Tallied 30 points (11-19-30) and 95 PIM in 67 games with Chicago (AHL) ... Also appeared in 3 NHL contests with ATL and recorded 1 assist …

2002-03:
Made NHL debut with ATL, skating in 2 games ... Recorded 42 points (15-27-42) and 159 PIM in 75 games with Chicago during his second full season in AHL…

PERSONAL: Kurtis Foster and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Peterborough, Ontario in the offseason... Nickname is “Fozzy”...Favorite hobbies include golfing and baseball... Says his most memorable moment away from the rink was getting married this summer...Lists his dad as the person who most inspired his hockey career...Names Michael Jordan as the one person he would most like to meet...His favorite part of Minnesota are Wild fans...Lists Sakura and Fogo de Chao as his favorite Twin Cities restaurants...Enjoys the music of Nickelback and Kid Rock...Lists “Seinfeld” as his favorite television show and Wedding Crashers as his favorite movie...Favorite food is pizza.
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