Aaron Ness
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
BIRTHDATE: 05/18/1990
AGE: 26
DRAFTED: NYI: 2008-40 overall
Selected by the Islanders in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft.

LAST SEASON: Appeared in 20 NHL games with the Islanders and 48 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tiges during his third professional season...Recalled from Bridgeport on Nov. 7...Scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 14 vs. Los Angeles (Ben Scrivens)...Recorded his first NHL assist on Nov. 16 vs. Detroit...Returned on loan to Bridgeport on Jan. 1...Totaled 20 points (6g/14a) with Bridgeport, ranking seventh on the team and third among defensemen.

CAREER: 2012-13:
Scored 27 points (3g/24a) in 76 games during his second season with Bridgeport (AHL)... Was the only player on the team to appear in all 76 regular season games...Finished third among Sound Tigers defensemen with 27 points...Had at least one assist in nine of the team’s first 16 games...Had points in four-of-five games (1g/4a) from Jan. 8-19.  2011-12: Scored 27 points (5g/22a) as a rookie during his first full season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL...Finished second among Bridgeport defensemen and ninth overall in points...Also appeared in nine games with the Islanders...Was recalled from Bridgeport on emergency basis on Feb. 6 and made his NHL debut on Feb. 7 at Philadelphia...Returned to Bridgeport on Feb. 23 after nine games...With Bridgeport, recorded his first-career multi-goal game on Feb. 26 vs. Albany...Added an empty-netter to clinch the 2011-12 Northeast Division title on Apr. 13 at Providence... Made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut, appearing in three first-round games against Connecticut.

Helped lead the United States to a bronze medal at the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships, recording six assists in seven games...Scored five points (1g/4a) in four games with Team USA at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

COLLEGE: 2010-11:
Scored 14 points (2g/12a) in 35 games during his junior season at the University of Minnesota (Western Collegiate Hockey Association)...Finished third among defensemen in points and second in assists...Both of his goals were game-winners...Recorded three assists and a plus-5 rating in a two-game series against Colorado College on Oct. 29-30…Signed an amateur tryout contract with Bridgeport and made his professional debut on Mar. 18 vs. Charlotte...Scored his first professional goal/point on Mar. 26 at Connecticut...Recorded his first professional assist on Apr. 1 at Springfield...Finished the season with one goal and three assists in 13 games.  2009-10: Played in all 39 games as a sophomore for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers...Ranked second among defensemen with 12 points (2g/10a)...Notched goals in wins over Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 30 and Colorado College on Feb. 20.  2008-09: Was one of four players, and the only freshman, to play in every game for Minnesota...Ranked second among team defensemen with 17 points (2g/15a)...Earned tournament MVP honors and the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award after posting a goal and an assist in the 3-2 title game victory over Northeastern at the Dodge Holiday Classic on Jan. 3...Collected a season-best three assists in a win at St. Cloud State on Jan. 17 and had an assist in the opening game of the series on Jan. 16 to earn the WCHA Rookie of the Week award. 

HIGH SCHOOL: 2007-08:
Helped lead Roseau High School (Minnesota) to a 25-0 regular season record...Scored 72 points (28g/44a) in 31 games...Ranked first in Minnesota High School Hockey in points by a defenseman...Won the “Mr. Hockey” Award as the top high school player in Minnesota, becoming the first player from Roseau to do so.