Born January 1, 1987 (age 24) in Taber, Alberta, Canada
Right winger for the Minnesota Wild
Devin has a very interesting story, and not just related to hockey – more on that later. He got his start with the Saskatoon Blades, where he gained 83 points in the 2005-06 season. It was in 2005 that he was drafted 8th overall by the San Jose Sharks, and after the played with the Prince George Cougars. He would’ve started playing with the Sharks in 2007 but was injured and sent to their AHL team, the Worcester Sharks. He spent that season bouncing between the two coasts, but he did make his NHL debut on October 29, 2007, scoring two goals that night! He even played in his first NHL playoff game that year.
In the 2008-09 season he was on the Sharks’ first line with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, and he scored his first playoff goal. Jumping ahead to this past season, he scored his very first hat trick and both an overtime goal and a hat trick in the playoffs. Then during the draft in June, he and Charlie Coyle were traded to Minnesota for MotD alum Brent Burns and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
Devin is half Yonsei, or Japanese Canadian. His paternal grandparents lived in British Columbia until they were forcibly moved to an internment camp in Alberta during World War II. They were there for a year before being released, and they and other internees stayed in Alberta and settled there. His grandparents started a potato farm, which is still in the family and still operating. The best part is that his grandparents are still alive to see their grandson play in the NHL. They used to fly to San Jose to see him, but now they’ll be making a short trip to Minneapolis to see him in Wild colors. You know he’ll make them proud.