6'3" 223 lbs. Shoots: Right
Born: May 13, 1983; Grand Ledge, Michigan
Edmonton's 4th choice (2nd round), 44th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS: Split the season between the Oilers and Iowa Stars (AHL)scored 0-2-2 with 43 PIM and was -6 in 27 gamesscored points in 2 of 27 games and was plus or even in 18 of 27 games made his Oilers/NHL debut vs Nashville (Dec. 30)was scoreless & even with 4 PIM in 9:15 of playing timewore #32 for his first 13 games with the Oilers, but switched to #2 on Feb. 2scored first career point with an assist at Anaheim (Jan. 25) and added his second assist at Colorado (Mar. 26)played season-high 15:59 vs Colorado (Apr. 17)played 13:45 & was +2 vs Chicago (Jan. 3)played in 14 consecutive games (Jan. 3-Feb. 4) & in 15 of 16 (Dec. 30-Feb. 4)registered first career Oilers/NHL PIM with a double minor (roughing & Interference) at 15:37 of 2nd period vs Nashville (Dec. 30)registered a career-high 7 PIM vs Chicago (Jan. 3)missed six games (Mar. 1-11) with a bruised legscored 2-5-7 with 47 PIM and was +5 in 26 games with Iowaboth of his goals came on special teams with 1 PPG & 1 SHGwas named to PlanetUSA roster for 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic at Winnipeg's MTS Centre on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, but did not play due to his call-up to the Oilers.
2006 PLAYOFFS: Scored 0-1-1 with 34 PIM and was +1 in 18 games as he made his Oilers/NHL Stanley Cup Playoff debutwas plus or even in 16 of his 17 games2nd on Oilers in PIMplayed first career playoff game in Game 4 of CQF vs Detroit (Apr. 27) and registered his first career PIM with three minor penaltiesscored first career playoff point with an assist on Ethan Moreau's second period goal in Game 1 of SCF at Carolina (June 5)played a post-season high 15:34 in Game 2 at Carolina (June 7)after appearing in only one game of the CQF, he saw action in 17 of the Oilers final 18 games, including all seven games in the SCF vs Carolina.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Made his pro debut in 2005-06 after three seasons with U of North Dakota (WCHA)...COLLEGE: scored 3-28-31 with 347 PIM in 122 games with North Dakota from 2002-03 to 2004-05as captain of North Dakota, he led the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA championship game in 2004-05the Fighting Sioux qualified for the NCAA championship tournament in each of his three seasons and North Dakota compiled an 81-35-13 record during his careerhis finished his career fourth on North Dakota's all-time penalty minute list with 347 and his 126 PIM in 2004-05 were the third highest total in the NCAAwas a two-time member of the WCHA All-Academic Team (2003-04 & 2004-05)won the Tom Hoghaug Memorial Award in 2002-03 as the North Dakota freshman who demonstrates initiative, character and a sense of responsibilityJUNIOR: played one season of junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) in 2001-02named to the USHL second all-star team & played in the 2002 USHL Prospects/All-Star Gameled Green Bay defencemen in scoring with 4-20-24 in 55 gamesINTERNATIONAL: member of Team USA at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifaxscored 0-1-1 with team-leading 34 PIM in 7 games as he helped Team USA to a 4th place finishalso was a member of the 2002 U.S. Junior Select Team at the Viking Cupas a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, he scored 4-20-24 in 54 games in 2001-02 and scored 0-3-3 in 17 international games that seasonwon silver medal with Team USA at 2000 Five Nations Tournament in Salt Lake City.
HOW ACQUIRED: Edmonton's 4th choice (2nd round), 44th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.