|NUMBER:||55||BIRTHDATE:||February 4, 1985 (AGE 28)|
|HEIGHT:||5' 10"||BIRTHPLACE:||Elk Point, AB, Canada|
Career: Made NHL debut w/PIT on 11/14/09 vs. BOS and scored 1st career NHL goal on 2/1/10 vs. BUF (opposing goalie: R. Miller)… Named PIT Rookie of the Year in 2010-11… Spent 1 season (2006-07) with Western Michigan Broncos (37GP-24G-22A-46P)… Named 2006-07 CCHA Rookie of the Year… Led NCAA in SHG (5) in 2006-07… Spent 3.5 seasons (2002-06) with Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL), tallying 118G-130A-248P in 190 games… Was AJHL MVP and leading scorer in 2005-06 (58GP-50G-55A-105P)... Won 2006 Viking Cup with AJHL North All-Stars.
2012-13: Led CBJ in goals (13), SHG (2) and takeaways (27)... Finished T-2nd on CBJ in points (27)... Recorded career-high 3 points (1G-2A) on 4/21 at SJS... Won a season-high 13 face-offs on 2/28 vs. ANA... Served as assistant coach with Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) during work stoppage.
Personal: Nickname: ‘Testy’… Favorite player growing up: Saku Koivu... Favorite MLB team: Toronto... Favorite movie: Gladiator... Favorite bands include Godsmack, Shinedown and Sevendust.
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I don't think today was my most solid game that I've had, some rebounds here and there. I know there's a lot of work to do, not every game is going to go as good as these last few. I've just got to make sure I keep working and keep trying to get better.