WIZ Fun Facts

  • Nickname is "Wiz"
  • Born in Canton, Michigan and continues to spend time in his hometown during the off-season
  • His parents have had the greatest influence on his hockey career
  • Favorite vacation spot is Maui
  • Chris Chelios was his hockey idol growing up
  • Playing on the top 100 golf courses is on his bucket list
  • Began playing hockey at the age of 5
  • His most memorable hockey moments include winning three gold medals with the United States under-17, Under-18, and under-20 World Junior Championships
  • Going anywhere with his wife, Nicole, is his dream date
  • Family Guy, Entourage, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire are some of his favorite TV shows
  • Playing an instrument is on talent he'd most like to have
  • Chicago is his favorite NHL road city
    Wiz Hurricanes Uniform
  • Set career highs in goals (10), assists (41), points (51), power-play goals (7), game-winning goals (2), shots (158) and games played (75) last year splitting the season between NY Islanders and Montreal
  • Was ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in points and seventh in assists during the 2010-11 season
  • Recorded the first mulit-goal game of his NHL career, including the overtime game-winner, Dec. 31 at Florida while playing for Montreal last season
  • Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals 04/16/09 vs San Jose and scored his first playoff goal in Game  3
  • Was ranked third among Anaheim defensemen the 2009-10 season in assists (27) and points (30), also ranking second in club in hits (129) and blocked shots (102) and was sixth in shots (146)
  • Played the first game of his NHL career February 6, 2006 at St. Louis
  • Scored the first goal of his NHL career March 23, 2006 at Phoenix
  • Chicago's fifth pick, 156 overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft
  • Signed as a free agent by Columbus on July 1, 2011