Career: Made NHL debut w/PIT on 11/14/09 vs. BOS… Scored 1st career NHL goal on 2/1/10 vs. BUF (opposing G: R. Miller)… Named PIT Rookie of the Year in 2010-11… Spent 1 season (2006-07) with Western Michigan Broncos (37GP-24G-22A-46P)… Named 2006-07 CCHA Rookie of the Year… Led NCAA in SHG (5) in 2006-07… Spent 3.5 seasons (2002-06) with Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL), tallying 118G-130A-248P in 190 games… Was AJHL MVP and leading scorer in 2005-06 (58GP-50G-55A-105P)... Won 2006 Viking Cup with AJHL North All-Stars.
2012-13: Signed 2-year contract extension with CBJ on 4/2... Scored his 1st GWG as a Blue Jacket on 3/31 vs. ANA (4:00 into OT, 2-1 W)... Won a season-high 13 face-offs on 2/28 vs. ANA... Served as assistant coach with Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) during work stoppage.
2011-12: Finished 2nd on CBJ in FO% (51.9) and 5th in PPG (4)… Scored a goal in his CBJ debut on 11/10/11 vs. CHI (opposing goalie: C. Crawford).
Personal: Nickname: ‘Tester’… Favorite player growing up: Saku Koivu.