|BIRTHPLACE:||Elk Point, AB, CAN|
|Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, March 22, 2007. Traded to Columbus by Pittsburgh for Columbus's 4th round choice (Matia Marcantuoni) in 2012 Entry Draft, November 8, 2011.|
Nickname - “Lester”
Played 1st NHL season with Pittsburgh in 2010-11.
Named Penguins’ Rookie of the Year after posting 14 goals and 27 points and winning 55.4 percent of his faceoffs in 2010-11.
The Penguins posted an 11-1 record in ‘10-11 when he scored a goal and went
19-2 when he notched at least 1 point.
Ranked 2nd on the team in 2010-11 with 3 game-winning goals.
Recorded 2-goal game Dec. 8, 2010 vs. Toronto.
Scored game-deciding shootout goal Nov. 6, 2011 at Phoenix.
Scored 1st career NHL goal Feb. 1, 2010 vs. Buffalo.
Played 3 full seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League from 2007-10 after signing as an undrafted free agent with Penguins.
Played 1 season of collegiate hockey at Western Michigan in 2006-07. Named Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Rookie of the Year.
During lone season with Western Michigan, placed 3rd in goals (24) and 7th in points (46) in CCHA, and led nation with 5 shorthanded goals.
Played 4 seasons with Bonnyville of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2002-06.
Led AJHL in scoring (86 points) and named league MVP in 2005-06.
Had a 4.00 grade-point average at Western Michigan.
Married (Brett); 1 son (Caleb).
Signed through 2012-13 season.