Born January 10, 1990 (age 22) in Natick, Massachusetts, USA
Defenseman for the Washington Capitals
Let’s show some love to the Caps today. John played midget hockey in New Jersey and even attended high school there for three years before moving to Indianapolis and going to high school there. He also played for the USHL’s Indiana Ice for two years until he was picked 27th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2008. After that, he played a year for the OHL’s London Knights, being named their rookie of the year and best defenseman for the 2008-09 season. Once his junior season was over, he joined the Hershey Bears in their playoff run against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; night after he arrived, he scored his first pro goal!
In the fall of 2009, he was back with the Bears but was first called to the Caps in November; he was back with the Caps in January 2010 and by March had scored his first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes. He also scored his first playoff goal against the Montreal Canadiens that year and went on to score the game winning goal to clinch the Calder Cup for the Hershey Bears. On top of that, he’d already been an alternate captain for the US in the 2010 World Juniors and scored the GWG in overtime to beat Canada! This season he’s doing all right with 8 goals and 21 assists, and he’s fitting in very well in the nation’s capital.