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John Erskine  #4

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 4 BIRTHDATE: June 26, 1980  (AGE 34)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Kingston, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: DAL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (39th overall)
2014-15 Missed 58 games due to injury (10/22-2/27).... Served as a healthy extra in five games (10/9-10/18)
OHL First All-Star Team (2000) Missed majority of 2003-04 due to ankle (December 27, 2003 vs. Columbus) and hernia (January 24, 2004 vs. St. Louis) injuries. Traded to NY Islanders by Dallas with Dallas' 2nd round choice (Jesse Joensuu) in 2006 Entry Draft for Janne Niinimaa and NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Ondrej Roman) in 2007 Entry Draft, January 10, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 14, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to foot (December 16, 2006 vs. Philadelphia) and thumb (March 9, 2007 vs. Carolina) injuries. Missed majority of 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 due to various injuries and as a healthy reserve.
Quote of the Day

I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday