Born March 12, 1986 (age 25) in Northville, Michigan, USA
Center for the Colorado Avalanche
Porter’s origin story is somewhat similar to Patrick Kane’s (which should please Krista) because both of them started off playing for two years with the US National Development Team. After those two years, he was drafted 119th overall by Phoenix in 2004 and then recruited to the University of Michigan. In his first year as a Wolverine, he and a fellow USNTDP alum and Coyotes pick, Chad Kolarik, took the top two spots for scoring among rookies. His game got even better in his sophomore and junior year. By senior year, he was team captain and took the team to the Frozen Four. He got some titles, too: Michigan male sports person of the year and the Hobey Baker award for the top player in the entire NCAA.
After his Michigan time, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with Phoenix and went right to the San Antonio Rampage for their playoff run. He got in with the Coyotes the next season, getting an assist in his first game against Columbus and adding his first goal against Pittsburgh later the same month. However, he did start spending a lot more time with the Rampage and bouncing back and forth between the two places. In March 2010 he was traded to Colorado and, after four games with their AHL affiliate, went up to the Avalanche. His first goal in their colors actually came in a game against Phoenix and he got his first taste of the postseason against San Jose. He’s also captained the entire US World Juniors team in the 2006 tournament.
Last season with the Avs, he played 74 games, got 14 goals and 11 assists along with 27 minutes of penalties. This season he’s appeared in 30 games so far, with three goals and two assists alongside 15 penalty minutes. He also served a four-game Shanaban in December for kneeing a Vancouver player. Whoops! Well, just don’t do it again…Let’s end on a lighter note: