Alternate captain…Fifth season as a Griffin…Third year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 9/30/08…Assigned to Barrie (OHL) by Detroit, 9/30/08...Traded to Kingston by Barrie with Mitch Lebar and Colt Kennedy for Josh Brittain and Peter Stevens, 12/4/08…Assigned to Kingston by Detroit, 9/14/09...Reassigned from Kingston by Detroit, 3/20/09…Reassigned from Kingston by Detroit, 4/1/10…Reassigned to Kingston by Detroit, 4/12/10…Assigned by Detroit, 10/3/10…Reassigned to Toledo (ECHL) by Detroit, 12/1/10…Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 12/5/10…Recalled by Detroit, 4/11/11...Assigned by Detroit, 10/2/11...Recalled by Detroit, 4/16/12…Assigned by Detroit, 9/14/12...Recalled by Detroit, 1/13/13...Assigned by Detroit, 1/18/13...Recalled by Detroit, 1/21/13...Signed to a three-year contract extension by Detroit, 2/25/13...Assigned by Detroit, 3/31/13...Recalled by Detroit, 4/3/13...Assigned by Detroit, 5/10/13.
: Served as a “black ace” with Detroit during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs…One of three Griffins to skate in all 76 games after being limited to 37 as a first-year pro…Tallied 19 points (8-11—19) and 41 penalty minutes…Ranked second among the team’s blueliners in goals…Tied for the team lead with two unassisted goals and tied for fifth with three power play markers…Scored his first AHL goal since 4/20/09 on 11/12/11 vs. Rochester…Matched a career-high four-game point streak when he tallied five points (3-2—5) in four games, 12/31/11-1/11/12, including a career-best three-game goal streak, 12/31/11-1/7/12…Recorded his first multi-point game of the season, 1/6/12 at Abbotsford and notched the overtime-winning goal against the same club the following night…Registered eight points (5-3—8) in a 10-game stretch, 12/31/11-1/25/12. 2010-11
: Served as a “black ace” with Detroit during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Battled injuries and appeared in just 37 games as a rookie with the Griffins, earning three points (0-3—3) and 25 penalty minutes…Notched one assist in a three-game stint with ECHL Toledo in early December. 2009-10
: Won a gold medal with the United States thanks to a thrilling 6-5 overtime win against host Canada at the World Junior Championship…Registered two assists and a plus-one rating in seven games to help the United States to just its second goal medal (2004) in the history of the prestigious tournament…Earned two assists and two penalty minutes in six games with Grand Rapids upon the completion of his final OHL campaign…Named to the OHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team…Captained Kingston and ranked second among Frontenacs’ blueliners with 27 points (6-21—27) in 58 games, while his career-high 71 PIM stood sixth overall on the club…Finished among Kingston’s playoff leaders with 12 PIM (2nd) and a plus-two rating (T5th) through seven postseason contests. 2008-09
: Made his AHL debut with the Griffins at the end of his junior season, tallying five points (1-4—5) in six contests…Earned an assist during his AHL debut, 3/29/09 at Philadelphia, which kicked off a four-game point streak (1-4—5), 3/29/09-4/5/09…Notched his first multi-point game in the AHL with two assists, 4/5/09 at Rochester…Helped the Griffins reach the North Division Finals, tying for both the team lead among defensemen and fourth overall on the club with five points (1-4—5) in eight playoff appearances…His four playoff assists finished fifth overall on the club…Tallied two points (1-1—2) in just his third-ever AHL playoff game, 4/20/09 vs. Hamilton…Began his third OHL campaign with Barrie, where he tallied 13 points (1-12—13) and 19 PIM in 25 games before being traded to Kingston…Registered 19 points (6-13—19) and 32 PIM in 35 games for the Frontenacs, tying for first among team defensemen in goals…His season totals of 60 games played, seven goals, 25 assists and 32 points all marked career highs. 2007-08
: Logged 50 games for Barrie, leading Colts’ defensemen in each point category with 20 points (5-15—20)…Each of his five goals came on the power play, which led team blueliners and tied for sixth overall on the club…Earned one assist and four PIM through eight playoff contests. 2006-07
: Led Barrie’s rookie defensemen and placed fourth among the team’s first-year players with 12 points (2-10—12) in 47 games…Had one assist and two PIM in five postseason games for the Colts.
: Lives in Albany, N.Y….Best friend in hockey is Brendan Smith…Greatest hockey memory is winning a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship with Team USA…Began playing hockey at the age of four…Hockey nickname is Smash…Hockey idol as a youth was Bobby Orr…Greatest influences on his hockey career are his brother and father…Plans to own a business after his playing career…Proudest achievement is signing with the Red Wings after going undrafted…Favorite charitable cause is breast cancer…If he could trade occupations for one day, he would be a rock star…Played baseball and lacrosse growing up…Favorite music artists are Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Black Crowes and Tom Petty…Favorite movie is The Departed
…Favorite TV show is Sons of Anarchy
…Favorite author is Jon Krakauer…Roots for the New York Yankees…Enjoys watching baseball and playing guitar.