Fifth season as a Griffin…Fourth year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 9/18/09…Assigned to Red Deer (WHL) by Detroit, 9/18/09…Reassigned from Red Deer by Detroit, 3/30/10…Reassigned to Red Deer by Detroit, 4/12/10…Assigned by Detroit, 9/29/10…Recalled by Detroit, 10/1/10…Assigned by Detroit, 10/3/10…Reassigned to Toledo (ECHL) by Detroit, 12/1/10…Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 12/6/10…Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 1/28/11…Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 4/5/11...Assigned by Detroit, 9/26/11…Assigned by Detroit, 9/14/12…Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 10/9/12...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 1/4/13...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 1/5/13...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 2/15/13...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 2/16/13...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 4/19/13...Assigned by Detroit, 4/17/14.
2012-13: Served as a “black ace” with Grand Rapids during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs…Made one appearance with the Griffins during the regular season…Led ECHL Toledo with 68 points (28-40—68) in 64 games…Tied for ninth in the league in goals and finished fourth with 260 shots…Enjoyed two five-game point streaks, 11/16/12-11/24/12 and 12/7/12-12/16/12…Represented Toledo at the ECHL All-Star Game, recording a goal and an assist…Amassed 13 points (6-7—13) in an eight-game stretch, 1/27/13-2/27/13…Picked up a season-high four points (1-3—4) in the Walleye’s season finale, 3/29/13 at Wheeling…Tied for the team lead with four assists in the postseason. 2011-12
: Notched 22 points (11-11—22) in 61 games with Grand Rapids as a second-year pro…Recorded his first AHL goal, 10/8/11 at Rockford…Tallied goals in each of the team’s first two games, 10/8/11-10/14/11…Enjoyed a career-best three-game point streak (2-1—3) from 10/29/11-11/2/11 and matched that streak with four points (2-2—4) in three games from 1/13/12-1/17/12…Registered his first AHL two-goal game, 12/14/11 vs. Rockford…Scored in back-to-back games on four occasions. 2010-11
: Split first professional season between Grand Rapids and Toledo…Recorded his first AHL point with an assist, 10/23/10 vs. Rochester…Finished the season with five points (0-5—5) in 25 games with the Griffins…Tallied his first multi-point game (0-2—2), 11/27/10 at Chicago…Debuted with ECHL Toledo on 12/3/10 and notched six points (3-3—6) in his first six games…Earned 20 points (9-11—20) in 36 total contests with the Walleye. 2009-10
: Made AHL debut, 4/3/10 at Abbotsford, and appeared in two games with Grand Rapids…Tied for 18th in the Western Hockey League with 81 points (29-52—81) in 72 games for Red Deer…His 52 assists tied for 14th in the league…Paced the Rebels in assists, points and plus-minus (plus-10), while standing second in goals and third in power play tallies (10)…Netted one goal in four playoff games with Red Deer…Was a teammate of current Griffin Landon Ferraro. 2008-09
: Skated in 72 contests for Red Deer, ranking among the Rebels’ leaders with 18 goals (3rd), 24 assists (T3rd), 42 points (2nd) and 10 power play goals (2nd). 2007-08: Played 56 games between Cowichan Valley (33) of the British Columbia Hockey League and Red Deer (23)…Tallied 16 points (5-11—16) for Cowichan Valley, tying for ninth in assists and 12th in points…Netted two goals during his time with Red Deer.
: Lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia…Has a Shetland Sheepdog named Annie…Has one older sister, Val, who has three boys…Famous relatives are his mom who was a professional tennis player and Dad who qualified for Olympic speed walking…Best friends in hockey are Griffins equipment manager Brad Thompson, Landon Ferraro, trainer John Bernal and asst. equipment manager Andrew Stegehuis…Greatest hockey memory is being part of the Calder Cup Championship…Began playing hockey at the age of four…Hockey nickname is Bill…Hockey idols as a youth were Pavel Bure and Teemu Selanne…Chose his jersey number because he admires Teemu Selanne …Greatest influence on his hockey career is his family because they push him through the good and bad…Plans on staying involved in hockey or owning his own organic store after his playing career…First job was doing construction…Greatest obstacle he’s overcome was hurting his ankle on his draft year and still coming back to make his junior team…Proudest achievements are signing with the Red Wings and being part of the Calder Cup experience…Favorite charity is the Make A Wish Foundation …Most unique thing he’s done is travel to South Africa to visit family…Most interesting facts about him are that he has a beard, is a three handicap in golf and loves to camp and fish…If he could trade occupations for one day, he would trade with a professional golfer …Also speaks Afrikaans…Played soccer, golf and baseball growing up…Favorite food is seasoned chicken breast with sweet potato and asparagus…Favorite music artist is Anberlin…Favorite movie is Saving Private Ryan
…Favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead
and Game of Thrones
…Favorite web site is IGN.com…Favorite book is The Bible
…Favorite vacation spot is Whistler, B.C.…Roots for the Seattle Seahawks and Michigan Wolverines…Enjoys watching golf, football and soccer.