Born June 20, 1977 (age 34) in Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Defenseman for the Boston Bruins
As Emma heads home from her vacay in Boston, I shall fill in on her MotD profile for today. He’s very special to her – you’ll see why in a bit! Joe played for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers before heading to Western Michigan University, where he was a teammate of fellow MotD Jamal Mayers. Even after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1997 draft and spending one last year at WMU, he missed the 1999-200 season because he couldn’t come to terms with the Kings on a contract. When he finally did in 2000, he was sent to the Lowell Lock Monsters and the Manchester Monarchs. He played two years with the Kings before the Year That Never Was, when he was signed as a free agent with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. When the NHL season resumed in 2005, he went back to the Kings for two more seasons before signing as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators in 2006.
Joe spent a year and a half with the Sens before they traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes for Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore in February 2008. Just when he was getting comfy in Raleigh, he was traded to the Washington Capitals and played 18 games with them before they were eliminated in the 2010 playoffs. He then returned to the Canes for another year, earning 40 points in all 82 games, including 11 goals. Over the summer, he was traded to Boston for a 2012 draft pick, and he’s thrived – he got an assist in his first game against the Flyers on October 6!
So now, on to Emma’s connection to Joe. She, along with Vicky and our friend Bethany, went to the October 22 game the Bruins played at home against the San Jose Sharks. Afterward, they waited for autographs outside TD Garden and watched other players drive away (or walk away, in the case of Tuukka Rask), but Joe was nice enough to stop and sign the sign she’d made. What a sweetie!