Smooth-skating two-way defenseman that plays in all situations is emerging as one of Penguins’ top blueliners.
Nickname - “Tanger”
Played 4-plus NHL seasons with Pittsburgh.
Key member of Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup championship, scoring crucial overtime goal in Game 3 of conference semifinals vs. Washington despite playing with an injury that nearly forced him to miss the game.
Set new career highs in 2010-11 in several categories: games played (82); assists (42); points (50); plus-minus (+15); shots (236); and ice time per game (team-best 24:02) while garnering buzz as Norris Trophy candidate (best NHL defenseman).
Overwhelmingly voted to 2011 All-Star Game via Fan Balloting with 477,960 votes, finishing 2nd overall (behind only teammate Sidney Crosby) despite having to be a write-in candidate.
Ranked T-7th among blueliners in ‘10-11 with 50 points, while his 236 shots placed him 4th.
His 5 tallies during the 2010 playoffs tied a franchise postseason high for defensemen (Larry Murphy, 1991).
Played in 2 NHL YoungStars Games in 2008 and ‘09.
Converted his first 4 shootout attempts in 2007-08, including back-to-back game-winners at Calgary Dec. 6 and at Vancouver Dec. 8. His 5 shootout goals for the season led NHL defensemen.
Won back-to-back gold medals with Team Canada in 2006 and ‘07 World Junior Championships — serving as team captain in the ‘07 tournament.
Represented Canada at World Under-18 Championships in 2004-05.
Played 3 seasons with Val d’Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Won Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as QMJHL’s best defenseman, Paul Dumont Trophy (best personality), Kevin Lowe Trophy (top defensive defenseman) and was
a First-Team All-Star in 2006-07.
Wishes he could have met Maurice “Rocket” Richard.