|BIRTHPLACE:||Windsor, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||NYI: 2008-148 overall|
Selected by the Islanders in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft. Agreed to a four-year contract on September 14, 2012.
Led the NHL with 374 hits during his second season with the Islanders, the highest hits total recorded in league history since it became an official statistic in 2005-06...Established career highs in games played (80) and goals (7), while matching his personal best in points (14)...His career-high 15 major penalties tied for eighth in the league...Recorded two short-handed assists to place second on the team in short-handed points...Missed two games due to illness from Mar. 10-11...Won the Bob Nystrom Award, given annually to the Islander who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication.
2010-11: Recorded 14 points (5g/9a) in 68 games as an Islanders rookie…Finished third on the team with 147 penalty minutes and second on the team with 13 fighting majors…Ranked fourth in the NHL with 299 hits, despite playing in fewer games than every other top-10 hitter in the league…Opened the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League), posting three points (1g/2a) in seven games before being recalled from loan on Oct. 25…Made his Islanders season debut on Oct. 27 at Montreal…Scored his first NHL goal (A. Auld) and recorded his first fighting major of the season (H. Gill) in his second game on Oct. 29 vs. Montreal…Was assessed a two-game suspension for his hit on Vernon Fiddler on Dec. 18 vs. Phoenix…Posted 27 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct on Feb. 11 vs. Pittsburgh (received a four-game suspension)…Scored two goals on Feb. 24 at Philadelphia.
2009-10: Spent most of his first professional season with Bridgeport, while also skating in five games with the Islanders...Tallied 31 points (12g/19a) in 76 games with Bridgeport, finishing sixth on the team in points and goals and seventh in assists...Recorded two assists in his NHL debut on Feb. 9 vs. Nashville...Recorded his first NHL fight on Feb. 10 at Pittsburgh (T. Kennedy)... Made his professional playoff debut with Bridgeport, scoring one goal and two assists in five first-round Calder Cup Playoff games against the eventual AHL Champion Hershey Bears