Matched his point output from the previous season in 21 fewer games (6g-10a-16pts), tied for the second-highest output of his career… Recorded a plus rating for the second time in his career (+2)… Amassed seven of his points (2g-5a) in just 15 divisional games… Scored goals in three consecutive games for the first time in his career in Nashville's final three games before the Olympic break from Feb. 10-14… Recorded a career-high four-game point/assist streak from Nov. 23-28 (4a)… Became the franchise’s all-time penalty minute leader with a pair of fighting majors on Nov. 28 vs. Florida… Amassed a career-low 40 penalty minutes and four major penalties… Missed 30 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the team’s postseason contests… Registered his second career playoff assist in Game Six.
Established career highs in assists (12), games played (72), shots (138) and average ice time (12:05)… Led the club in penalty minutes (124) for the third consecutive season… Ranked second among Nashville forwards in hits with a career high (129)… Played in his 300th career game on April 3 in Chicago… Missed nine games due to injury.
Established career highs in goals (11) and points (18)… His goal total in 2007-08 equaled his first three NHL seasons combined… Also attained a personal best in shooting percentage (11.2%)… Led the club in penalty minutes (100)… Scored his first career game-winning goal on March 1 at Dallas… Missed 18 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason games… Tied for the team lead in goals (2)… Scored goals in each of the first two games of the club’s WCQ series vs. Detroit. It was the first goal-scoring streak of his career – playoffs and regular season combined.
Led the team in penalty minutes (116)… Led Nashville forwards in hits (89)… Missed 10 games due to injury/illness and five games due to suspension. PLAYOFFS: Played in four of Nashville’s five WCQ games vs. San Jose and recorded his first career playoff point (assist) in Game Four (April 18).
In 34 games played, posted six assists and 10 points, more than doubling his 70-game output from 2003-04 (4g-4a)… Tied for third on the club with a career-high +9 rating… Opened the season with Nashville but spent four stretches (Oct. 10-Dec. 15, Jan. 16-Feb. 4, Feb. 9-March 7 and April 30-June 15) with Milwaukee (AHL). Registered 27 points (13g-14a) in 41 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) and ranked second on the club in penalty minutes (133)… Ranked second on the Ads in penalty minutes (35) and third in goals (9) in the playoffs… Missed five NHL games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in three of Nashville’s five playoff games.
Led Milwaukee in penalty minutes (266)… Also led Milwaukee with 41 penalty minutes in the playoffs.
Led Nashville and ranked fifth among NHL rookies in penalty minutes (137)… Also led the Predators and ranked fifth among league rookies in major penalties (15)… Recorded his first multi-point game (1g-1a) on Jan. 10 vs. St. Louis. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in five of Nashville’s six first-round playoff games.
Voted Brandon’s Most Popular Player in each of his four WHL seasons (1999-2003) and finished his Wheat Kings career ranked third all-time in penalty minutes (874)… Named a 2003 WHL Eastern Conference First-Team All-Star… Led Brandon (WHL) in penalty minutes (216) and tied for first in points (74) in 2002-03… Won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships… Led Brandon in goals (32), assists (39) and points (71) and ranked second in game-winning goals (6) and penalty minutes (276) in 2001-02… Named the WHL Player of the Month for Dec. 2001… Performed for Team Orr at the 2001 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game… Won the hardest shot event at the 2001 Top Prospects Skills Evaluation (96.1 mph)… Recognized as Brandon’s hardest worker in 2000-01… Led the 2000-01 Wheat Kings in playoff scoring with six points (2g-4a)… Captained Canada’s U-18 team at the 2000 Four Nations tournament in Slovakia, capturing a gold medal… Skated for Team West in the 2000 U-17 World Hockey Challenge… Played for the OCN Blizzard (MJHL) in 1998-99, earning Rookie of the Year and Scholastic Player of the Year honors.
His hometown is Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, located on Canada’s Hudson Bay… He splits his summers between Rankin Inlet and Winnipeg, Manitoba…. Fluent in English and Inuktituk… Became the first player of Inuit descent to skate in an NHL game when he made his NHL debut… Ranked eighth on The Globe and Mail’s list of the top 25 sports figures in Canada for 2003… Nominated as Manitoba’s Sportsman of the Year for 2000… His story has been featured in publications such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine and MacLean’s… Enjoys fishing, hunting and golf… Favorites include Tommy Boy (movie), Metallica (band/musician), Al Pacino (actor) and Nunavut (vacation spot)… Enjoys traditional foods such as raw caribou, seals, whale and fish… Playing for Team Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships is his favorite hockey moment… Idolized the play of Wendel Clark while growing up… Nickname “Toots”… Single.
June 24, 2001 – Nashville’s sixth choice, 98th overall (fourth round), in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.