ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Islanders in the second round (34th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft. Signed an entry-level contract on April 5, 2013.
LAST SEASON: Scored 18 points (3g/15a) in 71 games as a rookie with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League...Ranked 11th overall on the team in scoring and first among rookie defensemen...Finished fourth on the team with 129 penalty minutes...Appeared in five NHL games with the Islanders, collecting seven penalty minutes... Was recalled by the Islanders on Apr. 5... Made his NHL debut on Apr. 6 at Columbus... Recorded his first NHL fighting major on Apr. 13 at Buffalo (Nicolas Deslauriers).
COLLEGE: 2012-13: Scored 17 points (4g/13a) with a team-leading 112 penalty minutes in 39 games with the University of Denver Pioneers during his second and final season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association...Following his college season, joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on an amateur tryout contract...Made his professional debut on Apr. 9 vs. Worcester...Had a plus-2 rating in a 5-4 overtime loss vs. Portland on Apr. 16...Finished with two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in six AHL games. 2011-12: Scored 12 points (3g/9a) in 42 games as a freshman at the University of Denver (WCHA)...Posted a plus-5 rating...Led the team with 27 penalties for 76 penalty minutes...Recorded 118 hits and 56 blocked shots...Scored his first career goal on Oct. 2 vs. Minnesota State...Named WCHA Rookie of the Week on Feb 14.
JUNIOR: 2010-11: Recorded 16 points (7g/9a) with 159 penalty minutes in 52 games during his second season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League…Led Youngstown defensemen in goals and points…Named to the USHL All-Star Team... Named MVP at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge after winning gold with Team USA. 2009-10: Scored 22 points (10g/12a) with 145 penalty minutes in 59 games with Youngstown during his rookie USHL season…Led Youngstown defensemen in goals and points... Won a gold medal for the U.S. at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge and was selected tournament MVP and to the First All-Star Team.