|BIRTHPLACE:||Kitchener, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||NSH: 2003-37 overall|
2011-12: Recorded career highs in points (4g-17a-21pts) and assists, while tying a career high in goals… One of just two NHL defensemen to play more than 35 games and register four or fewer penalty minutes (Carolina’s Jamie McBain). All four of his PIMs came in one game – Oct. 29 vs. Anaheim… Tied for 24th in the League, and led the Predators, in blocked shots (151)… Ranked third on the team in average ice time (19:56)… Played his 300th career game on March 20 vs. Edmonton… Scored his first career game-winning goal on Oct. 8 at St. Louis... Missed 16 games due to injury/illness. PLAYOFFS: Tied for first among Predator defensemen in points (2g-2a)… Scored goals in Games Three and Four of the WCQ vs. Detroit, the first goal-scoring streak of his career… Led the team in blocked shots (22).
2010-11: Tied a career high in games played for the second consecutive season (81)… Tied for ninth in the NHL in blocked shots with a career high (173)… Posted personal bests in average ice time (20:47), plus/minus rating (+9), hits (128) and shots (99)… One of 10 defensemen with at least 150 blocked shots and 125 hits. PLAYOFFS: Dressed for all 12 of the club’s postseason contests… Notched points in back-to-back contests in Games Four and Five of the WCQ vs. Anaheim.
2009-10: Set career highs in games played (81) and penalty minutes (27)… Led the team, and ranked 22nd in the League, in blocked shots (147)… Saw his average ice time increase by 7:16 over the 2008-09 season (12:39 to 19:55), the highest season-to-season increase in the NHL among players appearing in at least 20 games each season. PLAYOFFS: Made his playoff debut in Game One, and collected his first career postseason point/assist in Game Three of the WCQ vs. Chicago.
2008-09: Played his rookie season after appearing in 18 games over the three previous campaigns… Tied for fifth among rookie defensemen in goals (4) and 12th in points (12)… Registered his first career multi-point outing with a pair of assists vs. Edmonton on March 3… Scored his first career power-play goal on Feb. 10 vs. Detroit.
2007-08: Appeared in 13 games in his first full season at the NHL level… Was assigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on two occasions for conditioning assignments (Nov. 16-30 & Feb. 14-18)… Missed the first six games of the campaign due to injury.
2006-07: Was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) twice during the season (Nov. 20-24 and Jan. 26-28)… Ranked third among Milwaukee defensemen in scoring (5g-15a-20pts).
2005-06: Was recalled from Milwaukee twice during the season (Dec. 3-4 and March 9-12)… Led Milwaukee defensemen, and ranked 13th among AHL blueliners, in points (10g-33a-43pts)… Tied for first on the team and fifth in the AHL with a +11 rating during the 2006 playoffs.
2004-05: Spent the majority of his first pro season with Milwaukee, including seven playoff contests.
AMATEUR: Captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships… Won the 2004 Ontario Hockey League championship as a member of the Guelph Storm… Tied for second on the Storm with 21 playoff points (10g-11a) and ranked third in playoff goals (10)… Named the OHL Western Conference’s best defensive defenseman in the 2004 OHL coaches’ poll, was named a Third-Team All-Star and played for the Western Conference at the 2004 OHL All-Star Classic… Served as an alternate captain for Toronto St. Michael’s in 2002-03 and finished third in team scoring (11g-33a-44pts)… Finished second in voting as the OHL Eastern Conference’s best defensive defenseman in the 2003 OHL coaches’ poll… Named the Majors’ most outstanding defenseman in 2003... Played for the OHL Eastern All-Stars in the CHL Hershey Cup All-Star Series… Tallied an assist at the 2003 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kitchener… Won a gold medal with Canada’s U-18 team at the 2001 Six Nations tournament in the Czech Republic… Played for Team Ontario at the 2001 U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia.
BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Kleiner”… Enjoys golfing, reading and playing cards… Favorites include City House & Café Nonna (Nashville restaurants), Bach (musician), Toronto Blue Jays (sports team growing up), Tesla (dream car) and Hugo Boss (place to shop)… If he could change places with one person for a day, it would be someone from American Pickers… Would like to run an eco-friendly Bed & Breakfast in Canada after retiring from hockey… Lists Gandhi as the historical figure he would have most like to have met… He and his wife Jody have a son, Joseph.
TRANSACTIONS: June 22, 2003 – Nashville’s third selection, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft.