BornMay 16, 1985 (age 26) in New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada
Right winger for the Anaheim Ducks
A long time ago, a three-year-old boy in New Liskeard was watching a hockey game and said to his mom, “One day I’m going to play for you on TV, Mom.” That little boy grew up, joined the Peterborough Minor Petes and helped them win the very first Bantam AAA championship in 2001. After the London Knights picked him in the OHL Priority Draft that year, he turned in two stellar seasons; that was enough for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now just the Anaheim Ducks) to pick him 28th overall in the 2003 draft. He stayed with the Knights for two more years, helping them with the OHL Championship and the Memorial Cup in his last year with them, before he headed to the Ducks.
Even though he made his debut with the Ducks in the 2005-06 season, they sent him to the Portland Pirates with teammate Ryan Getzlaf, but they were so good they were called back to Anaheim, and they’ve been there since then. The 2006-07 season saw him rack up 44 points in the regular season and help the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship. The next season gave way to his first All-Star Game as well as a five-year contract extension – not bad for his first few seasons!
So how could he top that? By leading the team with 32 goals in the 2008-09 season while being the team’s second highest scorer. They even made it to the Western Conference Finals before being ousted by the Detroit Red Wings. Not satisfied with his performance, he finished the 2009-10 season as the team leader in points, and last season saw him win both the Rocket Richard Trophy for the league’s top goal scorer as well as the Hart Trophy for league MVP.
And of course he’s played for Team Canada! He earned as part of the 2005 World Juniors team along with MotD alumni Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby, and he scored one of the goals in the gold medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. The three-year old who told his mom he’d play for her on TV is all grown up now, and with 7 goals and 7 assists so far this season, his mom will see her little boy quite a bit in the months to come.