Fourth season as a Griffin…Third year pro…Signed as a free agent by Detroit, 3/30/04…Signed to an amateur tryout by Grand Rapids, 3/31/04…Assigned by Detroit, 9/15/04…Assigned by Detroit, 9/21/05…Assigned by Detroit, 9/26/06.
2005-06: Helped the Griffins win the AHL’s Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular season champions…Posted a career-high 60 penalty minutes. 2004-05: Placed among the Griffins’ leaders with 19 goals (2nd), 24 assists (3rd), 43 points (3rd) and eight power play goals (2nd), all career highs…Registered the third-highest point total ever for a Grand Rapids rookie…Tied a franchise record with two power play goals in a period, 1/21/05 vs. Chicago (1st)…Scored on three of nine shootout attempts (33.3%). 2003-04: Made his AHL/pro debut, 3/31/04 vs. Milwaukee, igniting a Griffins comeback with his first professional goal on his initial shot…Tied for second on the team with three points (0-3—3) in four playoff games…Paced Kingston and placed among OHL leaders with personal bests of 37 goals (T8th), 70 assists (2nd) and 107 points (4th) in 67 games…Was involved in 50.9% of the Frontenacs’ goals during the regular season, setting a franchise record…Led the team with four goals, four assists and eight points in five postseason contests…Attended NHL rookie and main training camps with Ottawa. 2002-03: Led OHL Barrie with 44 assists and 75 points, while finishing second on the Colts with 31 goals…His 81 PIM were the most during his junior career. 2001-02: Placed third on OHL Sarnia in goals (35), assists (48) and points (83)…Ranked second on the Sting with 11 power play goals. 2000-01: Led Sarnia with 44 assists and 75 points, and placed second with 31 goals…During the playoffs, paced the Sting with seven assists and eight points (tied). 1999-00: Ranked third on Sarnia with 33 assists and 47 points (tied).
Personal: Lives in Thornhill, Ontario…Best friend in hockey is Carlo Colaiacovo…Greatest hockey memory is being drafted by Montreal in 2001…Hockey idol as a youth was Doug Gilmour…Greatest influence on his career was his parents…Plans to be a coach after his playing career…First job was as a timekeeper…Played baseball and golf growing up…Interests include baseball, card games, computers, fantasy sports, golf, movies, ping-pong and pool…Favorite food is filet mignon…Favorite music artist is Tim McGraw…Favorite movie is Wedding Crashers…Favorite TV show is Entourage…Favorite author is John Grisham…Favorite vacation spot is Las Vegas…Roots for the Toronto Maple Leafs…Favorite sport to watch besides hockey is football.
AHL Career Highs
|Games Played||76, 2004-05|
|Goal Streak||3, 1/20/06-1/25/06|
|Assist Streak||3, 4/7/05-4/9/05|
|Point Streak||6, 4/1/05-4/9/05|
|Goals, Game||2, three times (MR: 1/21/05 vs. CHI)|
|Assists, Game||3, 10/19/05 at SAN|
|Points, Game||3, 10/19/05 at SAN|
|PIM, Game||5, 1/27/05 at EDM|
|AHL Game||3/31/04 GR vs. MIL|
|AHL Point||3/31/04 GR vs. MIL (goal)|
|AHL Goal||3/31/04 GR vs. MIL (Wade Flaherty)|