A 16th-year professional who returned to the NHL last season after three years in Europe.
Led all Capitals defensemen with career highs in assists (21) and points (28) Finished fifth on the team in assists and ninth in points Played a career-high 71 games in his return to the NHL after three years in Europe Led the team with an average of 21:51 of ice time per game Led the team and ranked 21st in the NHL with 29.0 shifts per game Ranked seventh on the team (first among defensemen) with 140 shots on goal Ranked third on the team with 102 blocked shots 18 of his 28 points came on special teams (4-12-16 on the PP; 0-2-2 while SH) Scored his first Capitals goal at ATL (10/8) Had assists in three straight games on two occasions (11/17-11/22 and 12/3-12/9) His 11 points in December (3g-8a) ranked second on the team and surpassed his October and November totals combined Scored two goals including the game-winning goal vs. LAK (12/14) to give him 11 points in 11 games (11/17-12/14) Had a career-best four-game point scoring streak (12/3-12/14) including back-to-back multiple-point games (12/9 and 12/14) Two assists at ATL (12/22) marked his third multiple-point game in a stretch of six outings (12/9-12/22) Led the team in ice time in six straight games, with five assists in that time (12/22-1/1) Scored just 0:19 into the game 1/8 vs. FLA, the fastest Caps goal at the start of a game this season.
2004-05: Played 44 games in his third season in Switzerland ... Finished second among defensemen on SC Langnau in scoring with 17 points (3g-14a) ... Added 83 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Played 25 games for the ZSC Lions in Zurich ... Recorded 14 points (5g-9a). 2002-03: In his European debut season, skated 39 games for Geneve-Servette in the Swiss League ... Ranked third on the team in scoring with 31 points (8g-23a). 2001-02: Split the season between Columbus and Syracuse in the AHL ... Had three points (1g-2a) in 28 appearances with the Blue Jackets ... Totaled 3-10-13 in 14 games with Syracuse. 2000-01: Registered 27 points (11g-16a) with 33 PIM and a +3 rating in 69 games for Columbus ... Led all club defensemen in goals, assists (tied) and points ... Tied for second on the team with nine power-play goals ... His 11 goals tied for sixth-best on the team. 1999-00: Appeared in 54 games with the New York Islanders, collecting 17 points (6g-11a) ... Led all team defensemen in goals and ranked second among defensemen in points ... A fractured ankle late in the season forced him to miss the last 24 games. 1998-99: Recorded 18 points (6g-12a) in his first full NHL season ... Led all Nashville blueliners in scoring despite playing only 63 games. 1997-98: Spent the year with Philadelphia in the AHL, posting 65 points (17g-48a) in 72 games ... Led all AHL defensemen in scoring and ranked third among AHL defensemen with a +21 rating ... Won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's top defenseman and was a first-team AHL all-star ... Recorded 19 points (3g-16a) in 20 playoff games to help the Phantoms to a Calder Cup Championship. 1996-97: Split the season between Toronto and St. John's (AHL) ... Netted his first NHL goal 11/2 vs. DET. 1995-96: Made his NHL debut with Toronto vs. MTL on 2/3 ... Named a first team AHL All-Star for his play with St. John's. 1994-95: Loaned to the Canadian National team for the season ... Posted five assists in eight games to help Canada earn a bronze medal in the World Championship. 1993-94: Played for Cleveland of the IHL and ranked third among team defensemen in points. 1992-93: Stood second among Cleveland defensemen in scoring with 27 points (9g-18a). 1991-92: Played first professional
season with Muskegon of the IHL ... Posted 27 points (6g-21a) in 54 games.
Played four seasons for the Regina Pats of the WHL ... posted four year career totals of 78-150-228 in 263 games ... Finest offensive season came in 1990-91 when he tallied 84 points (23g-61a) in 71 games ... WHL First-Team All-Star in 1991.
Spent the 1994-95 season with the Canadian National Team ... Skated in the World Championship and earned a bronze medal.
Selected by Pittsburgh in the first round, 16th overall, in the 1989 Entry Draft Signed as a free agent by Toronto, May 4, 1995 ... Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 31, 1997 ... Signed as a free agent by Nashville, Aug. 10, 1998 ... Signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders, July 27, 1999 ... Claimed off waivers by Columbus, May 26, 2000 ... Signed as a free agent by Washington, Aug. 12, 2005.
Spends time in the offseason golfing, fishing and relaxing with his family Lists golf and baseball as his favorite sports and Guy Lafleur as his favorite athlete Favorite book is "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong.