|BIRTHPLACE:||Kawartha Lakes, ON, CAN|
ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS: Acquired from the Boston Bruins, along with Yannick Riendeau, in exchange for Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau on February 27, 2012.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the Boston Bruins as a free agent on March 23, 2011.
Recorded one assist and 48 penalty minutes in 22 games during his second professional season and first with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League...Also played six regular season games and seven playoff games with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers...Scored four points (2g/2a) in the playoffs, tied for second in scoring among team defensemen and sixth overall.
2011-12: Split his first professional season between the Providence Bruins of the AHL and the Reading Royals of the ECHL, while also seeing action in two games with Bridgeport after being acquired in a trade...Went scoreless in 21 total AHL games with Providence and Bridgeport...Scored nine points (2g/7a) in 25 ECHL games with Reading...Added two assists in five ECHL Playoff games with Reading.
2010-11: Established junior career highs in goals (10), assists (31), points (41) and plus-minus (+44) during his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League and first with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors...Added six assists in 20 OHL playoff games as Mississauga advanced to the OHL Championship, falling to the Owen Sound Attack...Recorded two assists in five games at the Memorial Cup, which Mississauga hosted, as his club fell in the championship game to the Saint John Sea Dogs.
2009-10: Began his third OHL season with the Belleville Bulls before being traded to the eventual OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires...Recorded eight points (1g/7a) in 33 games with Belleville before the trade, then posted seven points (2g/5a) in 24 games with Windsor...Added six points (3g/3a) in 19 OHL playoff games and two points (1g/1a) in four Memorial Cup games...Attended Boston Bruins development camp following the season.
2008-09: Appeared in a junior career-best 61 games during his second OHL season with Belleville, scoring 15 points (1g/14a) with a plus-35 rating...Added two assists and a plus-5 rating in 17 playoff games, as Belleville reached the semifinals of the OHL Playoffs.
2007-08: Recorded eight points (2g/6a) with a plus-10 rating in 60 games during his first full OHL season with Belleville...Added an assist in 13 OHL Playoff games.
2006-07: Drafted by the Belleville Bulls in the sixth round (109th overall) of the OHL Priority Selection...Spent most of the season in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL), scoring 16 points (2g/14a) in 40 games for the Lindsay Muskies...Also made his OHL debut with Belleville, recording an assist with a plus-7 rating in nine regular season games and going scoreless in six playoff games.