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Justin Abdelkader
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: February 25, 1987  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Muskegon, MI, United States
WEIGHT: 218 DRAFTED: DET / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (42nd overall)
GAME HIGHS: Goals: 3 / Assists: 2 / Points: 4 ... HAT TRICKS: 1 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 21 CAREER: In the 3rd season of a 4-year contract... 2008 CCHA Best Defensive Forward...2008 CCHA Humanitarian Award...2007 NCAA National Champion (scored GWG vs. Boston College)...2007 NCAA Tournament MVP...Represented the USA at 2007 WJC (bronze) and 2012 and 2014 WC...2005 USHL Clark Cup champion (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders). 2014-15: Notched goals in 4 straight games from 3/22-3/28...Has scored two OT winners (3/22 vs. STL and 10/23 vs. PIT)...Posted 5 points (2-3-5) over 2 games in Alberta, 1/6-1/7...Racked up 10 points (5-5-10) in his first 11 games this season...Posted a season-best 3 points (2-1-3) on 10/29 at WSH and 1/6 at EDM (1-2-3). OTHER: Totaled 95 points (44-51-95) in 124 games with Michigan State Spartans from 2005-08...Won 2004 Mr. Hockey Award as top high school player in Michigan (Muskegon Mona Shores).
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2007) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (2007) AHL All-Rookie Team (2009)
Quote of the Day

He scores 50 goals, they go in, they go in, and they go in. And I think, 'Why can't I do that?'

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on teammate Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday in a 4-2 win vs. the Hurricanes