2008-09: One of five Predators to play in all 82 games… Has missed just five games during his five-season career… Ranked third on the club in average ice time with a career high (22:50)… Ranked third among club blueliners in points (3g-23a-26pts)… Tied a career high for shots on goal (135)… First on the team, and second among NHL defensemen in takeaways (63)… Ranked second on the club in both average shorthanded time on ice (3:41) and blocked shots with a career high (113)… Posted more than 100 hits and 100 blocked shots for the second time in his career… One of just five NHL defensemen to score a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and a game-winning goal… The Predators have gone 7-0-0 the past two seasons when he scores a goal… Played in his 400th career NHL game on March 31 at Columbus, becoming the fourth Nashville draft pick to reach the mark in a Predators uniform... Scored his first career overtime goal on Nov. 14 at Anaheim… Earned a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland, posting four points (2g-2a) in nine games… Ranked second on Canada in average ice time (22:59)… Tied for sixth in the tourney in plus/minus rating (+7).
2007-08: Led the club in average time on ice (22:43), and hits with a personal-best (162)… Finished third in points among Nashville defensemen (4g-23a-27pts)… Notched a point in each of the club’s first five games of the season, a career-high point streak (1g-5a)… Notched his 100th career point (goal) on Jan. 5 vs. Minnesota… Earned a silver medal with Canada at the 2008 World Championships in Quebec City. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason games, and is the only player to appear in all 22 of the franchise’s playoff contests… Paced the club in average time on ice (22:47)… Registered his first career playoff goal on the power play in Game Four of the club’s WCQ series vs. Detroit.
2006-07: Led Nashville in shorthanded time on ice per game (4:20) and ranked second on the team in overall time on ice per game (21:20)… Ranked second on the club in hits (121) and third in blocked shots (85)… Signed a four-year contract with Nashville on Sept. 21, 2006… Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2007 World Championships in Russia. PLAYOFFS: Played in all five of Nashville’s WCQ games vs. San Jose.
2005-06: Posted career-highs in assists (31), points (7g-31a-38pts) and penalty minutes (70) and matched his career-high in goals… One of two Predators to play in all 82 games… Led the Predators in average time on ice (22:33) and ranked second on the team with a career-high +11 rating… Ranked second on the club in hits (114) and blocked shots (100)… Scored his first career shorthanded goal on March 14 vs. Vancouver… Played for Canada at the 2006 World Championships and led team backliners in scoring (1g-4a). PLAYOFFS: Ranked third on the club in average ice time (19:41).
2004-05: Named a Second Team AHL All-Star… Ranked second among AHL defensemen in scoring with 51 points (13g-38a) and tied for third among AHL blueliners in power-play goals (8)… Led Milwaukee defensemen and ranked second overall on the Admirals in points and assists… Was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2005 Dodge All-Star Classic, and registered an assist in the 5-4 PlanetUSA win.
2003-04: Tied a franchise rookie record by appearing in 80 games… Finished second on the club and second among NHL rookies in average ice time (22:08)… Tied for second on Nashville and tied for second among league rookies in game-winning goals (4)… Tied for second among NHL rookie defensemen in assists (19) and tied for third in points (7g-19a-26pts)… Became one of two Predators to ever record a five-point game… Set a franchise single-game record for points by a rookie when he notched five points (1g-4a) on March 4 at Pittsburgh. Also set franchise rookie mark for assists in a game and matched the franchise-high for most points in a single game… The youngest defenseman to score five (or more) points in a game since Brian Leetch (NY Rangers) posted five points on Feb. 17, 1989… Notched a +3 rating in the NHL YoungStars Game on Feb. 7. PLAYOFFS: Tied for second on the team in assists (2) and ranked third in average ice time (20:29)… Posted a two-assist game in Game Four of the WCQ vs. Detroit.
CAREER NOTES/AMATEUR: Led Milwaukee (AHL) defensemen in scoring (6g-21a-27pts) and assists in his first pro season (2002-03)… Named the 2001-02 Canadian Hockey League Defenseman of the Year and a First-Team CHL All-Star… Named the 2001-02 WHL Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and a WHL Western Conference First-Team All-Star. The first player to win the WHL’s Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year honors in the same season since 1977… Also named Prince George’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in 2001-02… Finished fourth among WHL defensemen in scoring in 2001-02 with 60 points (10g-50a)… Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championships and tied for fourth in the tournament with a +8 rating… Named to the WHL West First All-Star Team after ranking eighth among WHL defensemen in points (13g-47a-60pts) in 2000-01… Won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championships in Russia… Captained Team Orr at the 2001 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game… Played for the WHL Western Conference All-Star Team in the 2001 CHL All-Star Cup series… Named Prince George’s Most Dedicated Player in 2000-01… Named the Cougars’ Scholastic Player of the Year in 1998-99 and 1999-00 and was a co-winner in 2000-01… Named Prince George’s Rookie of the Year in 1998-99.
BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Hammer”… An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, biking and camping… Works extensively with St. Luke’s Community House, a Nashville non-profit organization. He and his wife Sarah volunteer on-site, purchase and donate tickets and make a monetary donation to the organization based on his statistics… Also active at Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House… Would like to work in wilderness search and rescue when his hockey career is finished… Favorites include Café Margot (Nashville Restaurant) and Google Earth (website)… Wife – Sarah; Daughter – Anna.
TRANSACTIONS: June 23, 2001 – Nashville’s first choice, 12th overall (first round), in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.