Born May 13, 1985 (age 26) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Center for the New Jersey Devils
Like Sidney Crosby, Travis is a Comeback Kid this season, so let’s get to know him. After playing with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (now that’s a cool name) of the British Columbia Hockey League, Travis played two years at the University of North Dakota after being drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2004. His debut on October 6, 2006 was amazing – the Devils shut out the Carolina Hurricanes! The next night was even sweeter when he scored his first goal against the Dallas Stars. He scored his first playoff goal in his rookie season, and his second came two years later. In 2009 he signed a four-year contract extension, and on St. Patrick’s Day this year he became the Devils’ record holder for most consecutive starts at 389.
This season hasn’t started so wonderfully for him – in fact, it really just started. While working out during the offseason, he tore his Achilles tendon and required surgery. This kept him out of the lineup till December 16, when he made his season debut in their game against the Dallas Stars. He didn’t score any points that night – he did score his first goal of the season on the 20th against the New York Rangers – but he’s just warming up. Once he’s back in the saddle, look out!