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Greg de Vries
Greg de Vries
Defenseman
Number: 7
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 4, 1973
Birthplace: Sundridge, ON, Canada
Hometown: Sundridge, Ontario
Acquired: Signed as a fee agent on July 2, 2007.
2007-08: Finished second on the team in blocked shots (94)… Ranked third on the club in average shorthanded time on ice (2:45)… Set a franchise record for penalty minutes by a defenseman (25) on March 6 at Vancouver… Missed his first game since Feb. 16, 2004 on March 22 vs. Chicago – a span of 262 games… Appeared in his 800th career NHL game on March 9 at Detroit… Scored goals in back-to-back games for the third time in his career on Nov. 29 at Ottawa and Dec. 1 at Montreal. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason games… Scored his second career playoff game-winning goal in Game Four of Nashville’s WCQ series with Detroit, tying the series at two games apiece.

CAREER NOTES: Appeared in 82 games for the second straight season in 2006-07… Established an Atlanta franchise record by appearing in 164 consecutive games… Finished second among Atlanta d-men in assists (21) and points (3g-21a-24pts)… Ranked 11th in the NHL and second on the club with 179 blocked shots… Skated in his 700th NHL game on Jan. 28 vs. Philadelphia… Recorded career-highs in assists (28), points (7g-28a-35pts) and power-play goals (3) in 2005-06 with Atlanta… Tallied his 100th career assist on Jan. 13, 2006 vs. St. Louis… Set career-highs with three assists/points on Oct. 25, 2005 at the NY Islanders and matched those totals on Nov. 5, 2005 at Philadelphia… Following the 2003-04 season, appeared in his 100th career NHL playoff game with Ottawa on April 18, 2004 vs. Toronto… Reached the Western Conference Finals four times in five seasons with Colorado and captured the Stanley Cup in 2001… Scored a career-high eight goals and logged a career-high average ice time of 23:03 in 2001-02… Led Colorado with a +18 rating in 2001-02 and led team defensemen in playoff scoring (4g-9a-13pts)… Led Colorado and ranked third in the NHL with 180 blocked shots in 2001-02… Notched a career-high +23 rating as a member of the 2000-01 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche… Played his first full season with Colorado in 1999-00 and helped the Avalanche advance to the Western Conference Finals… Traded to Nashville by Edmonton before the start of the 1998-99 season. Appeared in six games in 23 days with the expansion Preds before being dealt to Colorado on Oct. 24, 1998… Appeared in 13 NHL games in 1995-96, making his NHL debut on Jan. 17, 1996 at Dallas.

AMATEUR: Played two seasons (1992-94) for the Niagara Falls Thunder of the OHL, registering eight goals, 63 assists (8g-63a-71pts) and 221 penalty minutes in 126 games… Played one college season (1991-92) at Bowling Green (CCHA).

BACKGROUND: Nickname “Devo”… One of two current Nashville Predators (along with David Legwand) that played at least one game for the club during its inaugural season of 1998-99… One of two Predators (along with Jason Arnott) to have won the Stanley Cup… Involved with Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids” charity… Lists Peter’s Sushi as his favorite Nashville restaurant… Would like to be a land developer and an organic farmer when his hockey career is over… Enjoys playing golf, squash and paintball… Spends his summers in Stratford, Ontario.

TRANSACTIONS: July 2, 2007 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… Aug. 23, 2005 – Acquired by Atlanta with Marian Hossa from Ottawa for Dany Heatley… March 9, 2004 – Acquired by Ottawa from the New York Rangers for Karel Rachunek and Alexandre Giroux… July 14, 2003 – Signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers… Oct. 24, 1998 – Acquired by Colorado from Nashville for a third-round choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (traded to Colorado; Colorado selected Branko Radivojevic)… Oct. 1, 1998 – Acquired by Nashville with Eric Fichaud and Drake Berehowsky from Edmonton for Mikhail Shtalenkov and Jim Dowd… March 20, 1994 – Signed as a free agent by Edmonton.

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