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R.J. Umberger

R.J. Umberger  #18

NUMBER: 18 BIRTHDATE: May 3, 1982  (AGE 32)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
WEIGHT: 214 DRAFTED: VAN / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (16th overall)

Career:  Scored career-high 26 goals in 2008-09 (1st season with CBJ)… Registered career-high 57 pts (25G-32A) in 2010-11… Scored 1st career NHL goal (w/PHI) on 11/22/05 vs. TBL (opposing goalie: S. Burke)… Spent 3 seasons (2000-03) with OSU Buckeyes (112GP-58G-81A-129P)… Named CCHA 1st Team All-Star and NCAA West 2nd Team All-American in '03… Named CCHA Rookie of the Year in '01…. Member of Team USA at IIHF World Junior Championships in '01 and '02 (14GP-3G-6A-9P combined)... Won Penguins Cup (PA high school tourney) with Plum Mustangs in '98.

2013-14: Led CBJ in PPG (8)... Surpassed D. Vyborny for 2nd place on CBJ's all-time goals list (114) on 1/21 vs. LAK... Skated in 600th career NHL game on 10/4 vs. CGY.

2012-13: Led all CBJ forwards in blocked shots (45 - 8th among all NHL F)... Tallied 200th point as a Blue Jacket on 2/10 vs. EDM (goal).

Personal: Nickname is ‘Umby’… Favorite player growing up was Mario Lemieux... Favorite TV shows: Sons of Anarchy, Homeland and The Walking Dead.

CCHA All-Rookie Team (2001) CCHA Rookie of the Year (2001) CCHA First All-Star Team (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2003) Missed 2003-04 due to contract dispute. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver with Martin Grenier for Martin Rucinsky, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, June 16, 2004. Traded to Columbus by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Drew Olson) in 2008 Entry Draft for Colorado's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Luca Sbisa) in 2008 Entry Draft and Columbus's 3rd round choice (Marc-Andre Bourdon) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 20, 2008.
Quote of the Day

You could see out there that everybody was willing to compete, to sacrifice, even blocking shots to the end. Even in the third when we were up 5-0, guys were still working hard and blocking shots That's a nice feeling also for the future.

— Flames goalie Jonas Hiller after his team's 5-0 win over Carolina
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