Captain…Second season as a Griffin…12th year pro… Ranks among the Griffins’ all-time playoff leaders with one unassisted goal (T5th)…Signed to a professional tryout by Houston, 4/4/02…Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Minnesota, 8/20/02…Assigned to Houston by Minnesota, 9/19/02…Assigned to Houston by Minnesota, 9/15/03…Signed to a one-year contract by Worcester, 10/11/04...Signed to a one-year contract by St. Louis, 8/2/05...Signed to a one-year contract by Boston, 7/21/06...Assigned to Providence by Boston, 11/11/06...Recalled from Providence by Boston, 12/3/06...Assigned to Providence by Boston, 12/5/06...Recalled from Providence by Boston, 12/6/06...Assigned to Providence by Boston, 1/31/07...Recalled from Providence by Boston, 3/8/07...Assigned to Providence by Boston, 4/10/07...Re-signed to a one-year contract by Boston, 7/23/07...Assigned to Providence by Boston, 10/2/07...Recalled from Providence by Boston, 3/29/08...Assigned to Providence by Boston, 3/31/08...Signed to a one-year contract by Phoenix, 7/15/08...Assigned to San Antonio by Phoenix, 9/29/08...Recalled from San Antonio by Phoenix, 2/4/09...Assigned to San Antonio by Phoenix, 2/13/09...Re-signed to a one-year contract by Phoenix, 7/20/09...Assigned to San Antonio by Phoenix, 9/24/09...Recalled from San Antonio by Phoenix, 12/27/09...Assigned to San Antonio by Phoenix, 1/10/10...Recalled from San Antonio by Phoenix, 2/9/10...Assigned to San Antonio by Phoenix, 2/14/10...Signed to a one-year contract by EHC Wolfsburg (DEL), 7/29/10...Signed to a one-year contract by Hannover (DEL), 6/14/11...Signed to a professional tryout, 9/28/12...Signed to a one-year contract, 10/9/12…Re-signed to a two-year contract, 7/9/13...Signed to a professional tryout by Detroit, 9/27/13…Released from professional tryout by Detroit, 9/28/13.
: Captained the Griffins to their first-ever Calder Cup championship after initially making the team on a tryout…Finished fourth during the regular season with 45 points (20-25—45) in 76 games and tied for eighth in the playoffs with 12 points (5-7—12) in 24 games…Ranked among the team’s regular season leaders with 20 goals (5th), 25 assists (5th), a plus-seven rating (10th), two shorthanded goals (T2nd), 171 shots (2nd) and a 0.117 shooting percentage…One of three Griffins to appear in 100 games (every regular season and postseason game)…Recorded his first two points (1-1—2) as a Griffin in his second game, 10/13/12 vs. Hamilton…Set new career highs and Griffins season highs with four assists and five points on 1/19/13 at Rockford…Posted seven points (4-3—7) during a five-game scoring streak, 3/22/13-3/30/13…Factored in on each of the team’s five goals during a three-in-three, notching five points (3-2—5) from 3/28/13-3/30/13…Tallied 31 points (15-16—31) in the team’s final 38 games…Tied for the team lead with five points (1-4—5) during the Calder Cup Finals, including back-to-back two-point games, 6/9/13-6/12/13. 2011-12
: Tallied 28 points (14-14—28) in 43 contests for the DEL’s Hannover Scorpions…Placed third on the Scorpions in scoring and goals. 2010-11
: Recorded 21 points (11-10—21) in 38 games for Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams in Germany…Tied for ninth on the team in points and fifth in goals…Skated in two postseason contests for the club. 2009-10
: Notched 33 points (13-20—33) in 70 games as captain of the Rampage…Recorded five multipoint games, including a two-goal game on 12/3/09 at Houston to match a personal best…Led San Antonio with three shorthanded goals and finished third on the club with 197 shots…Appeared in four games for Phoenix, logging two penalty minutes. 2008-09
: Led the San Antonio Rampage with 22 goals and tied for sixth overall in scoring with 35 points…Racked up nine points (7-2—9) over a career-high seven-game point streak, 12/19/08-1/7/09, which included a personal-best six-game goal streak, 12/27/08-1/7/09…Matched his career single-game high of two goals on three occasions, 11/28/08 at Quad City, 1/7/09 at Chicago and 2/20/09 at Quad City…Skated in four games with the Phoenix Coyotes, logging an assist and seven penalty minutes on 2/7/09 vs. Carolina…Played in his 100th NHL game on 2/4/09 at Detroit. 2007-08
: Set professional career highs in goals (29), assists (31) and points (60) to help Providence finish first in the AHL with 117 points…Skated in one game for Boston…Led the AHL with a plus-39 rating…Finished third on the team in points and second in goals…Recorded six points (3-3—6) in his first five games of the season, including back-to-back two-point games, 10/6/07-10/21/07…Recorded six multi-point games over an eight-game span, 1/18/08-2/6/08 as part of a stretch that saw him rack up 16 points (7-9—16) in 10 games, 1/13/08-2/8/08…Notched a career-high three points (1-2—3) on three occasions, 2/6/08 vs. Milwaukee, 2/21/08 at Hartford and 4/19/08 at Manchester (playoffs)…Recorded 17 multi-point games overall…Appeared in five postseason games and had at least a point in each, finishing with seven (3-4—7). 2006-07
: Split the season between Boston and Providence, suiting up in 46 games in the NHL and 22 in the AHL…Notched two assists and 33 penalty minutes during his time with the parent Bruins and tallied 11 points (4-7—11) in the AHL…Also tallied seven points (4-3—7) in 13 playoff games with Providence and scored in three straight games during its playoff series against Manchester, 5/9/07-5/14/07. 2005-06
: Signed with St. Louis in the offseason and spent the whole season in the NHL, recording eight points (2-6—8) in 52 games…Made his NHL debut, 10/5/05 at Detroit…Scored his first NHL goal, 10/8/05 vs. San Jose and notched his second NHL goal six games later, 10/25/05 at Phoenix…Logged a season-high 14:55 in the Blues’ season finale, 4/18/06 at Chicago. 2004-05
: Joined the Worcester IceCats and recorded 25 points (16-9—25) in 47 contests…Missed 30 games with an ankle injury…Finished fifth on the team in goals and ninth in points…Named Worcester’s Man of the Year for his community efforts. 2003-04
: Tripled his AHL rookie season totals with 36 points (21-15—36) in 77 games as a second-year pro…Ranked second on the team in goals, sixth in points, sixth in penalty minutes (88) and second in plus-minus (plus-6)…Recorded his first professional two-goal game, 3/21/04 at Norfolk…Tallied goals in five straight games, 3/17/04-3/26/04. 2002-03
: Won the Calder Cup with Houston in his first full professional season...Appeared in 65 games with the Aeros, recording 11 points (6-5—11) and 45 penalty minutes…Recorded his first AHL goal/point, 11/3/02 at San Antonio, and recorded his first AHL assist in the same game…Scored in back-to-back games for the first time as a pro, 12/28/02-12/30/02, both games vs. Cincinnati…Chipped in one goal and two assists in 14 postseason contests. 2001-02
: Made his professional debut with Houston, playing in four postseason games against Utah after his collegiate season…Left Nebraska-Omaha as the school’s all-time leader in goals (61), power play goals (18), shorthanded goals (8), shots (560) and penalty minutes (294)…Paced the Mavericks as a senior with 24 goals, 45 points, eight power play goals, four shorthanded goals, 185 shots and 92 penalty minutes. 2000-01
: Finished second on the Mavericks as a junior with 29 points and 17 assists to go along with 12 goals (T2nd)…Tied for the team lead in shots (151)…Also recorded five power play goals and a plus-nine rating. 1999-00
: Notched 25 points (16-9—25) and 82 penalty minutes in 34 games as a sophomore…Led the Mavericks in penalty minutes and game-winning goals (5)…Ranked second on the club in goals, shots (125) and power play goals (5)…Helped his school reach the championship round of the CCHA Tournament, where it lost to Michigan State…Named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team. 1998-99
: Tallied 14 points (9-5—14) in 36 games as a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Omaha…Finished third on the team in goals and tied for fourth in penalty minutes (42). 1997-98: Led the BCHL’s Powell River Kings in scoring with 72 points (38-34—72) in 59 games.
: Lives in Omaha, Nebraska…Married to Chevonne, a nurse…Has two sons, Hunter and Cam, a third child on the way and a bulldog named Howie…Studied real estate land use economics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha…Has two brothers, Aaron, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Mark, an immigration officer…Best friend in hockey is Rob Facca, assistant coach at Western Michigan…Greatest hockey memories are his first NHL game vs. the Red Wings, his 100th NHL game and serving as captain when the Griffins won the 2013 Calder Cup…Began playing hockey at the age of three…Hockey nicknames are Hogie and Two-Dogs…Hockey idol as a youth was Wayne Gretzky, who was once his coach when he played for Pheonix…Greatest influence on his hockey career is Todd McLellan, the current head coach of the San Jose Sharks, who was his first pro coach in Houston…Plans to go into business after his playing career…First job was on a paper route…Greatest obstacles he’s overcome are playing the CCHA playoffs on a torn ACL and being cut across his wrist by a skate blade…Proudest achievement is having two sons…Favorite charity is Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy…Most exciting thing he’s done is tour Ireland and walk the Cliffs of Moher…Most interesting fact about him is that he’s one of the oldest players in the league…If he could trade occupations for one day, he would be a storm chaser...Played baseball, basketball and golf growing up…Once met Erik Stolhanske, who played Robert “Rabbit” Roto in the movie Super Troopers…Favorite food is any of his wife’s cooking…Favorite music artists are City and Colour, Imagine Dragons, Pearl Jam, The Lumineers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mumford & Sons…Favorite movies are Braveheart and Gladiator…Favorite TV show is Sons of Anarchy…Favorite website is CBS Sports…Favorite book is Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell…Favorite vacation spot is Hawaii…Enjoys yoga, lifting weights and reading.