|BIRTHPLACE:||Rochester, MN, USA|
|DRAFTED:||BOS: 2003-21 overall|
|WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2005) NCAA West First All-American Team (2005) Traded to Atlanta by Boston with Blake Wheeler for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik, February 18, 2011. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011.|
|2011-12: Completed first season in Winnipeg with 14 points (3G, 11A) and 98 PIM in
80 games... Named an assistant captain for 2011-12 season... Played first game as
a Winnipeg Jet on Oct. 9 vs. MTL... Scored first career shorthanded goal on Nov. 12 at
CBJ... Set single game career-high with 24:20 TOI on Nov. 8 at BUF... Finished season
tied for eighth in the NHL with 182 blocked shots... Second highest hit total on the
Jets with 198... One of three players in NHL with over 180 blocked shots and hits
(Smid, Girardi)... Recorded two assists and a plus-4 rating on Mar. 1 vs. FLA, his first
multipoint game since Feb. 7, 2009.
2010-11: Blocked seven shots on 4/7 @ NYR.... Scored his first point in a Thrashers uniform (goal) on 3/27 vs. OTT... Recorded 24 penalty minutes, 50 hits and 37 blocked shots in 21 games with Atlanta... Acquired by Atlanta from Boston on 2/18 in a four-player deal... Totaled five points (1g, 4a) in 31 games with Boston prior to being traded... Had three points (1g, 2a) and a plus-5 rating in five games from 1/17- 2/15... Scored his first goal of the season on 1/17 vs. CAR.
2009-10: Injuries limited him to 56 games ... When he missed the 12/18 game with a broken sternum it snapped a 214 consecutive games played (regular season & playoffs) streak, as he had not missed a game since breaking into the NHL on a full-time basis at the start of the 2007-08 season ... Had points in consecutive games 10/16-17 (1g, 1a) ... Had six fighting majors, including two in one game on 3/11 at Philadelphia ... Played his 200th NHL game 10/10 vs. NY Is- landers ... Missed 26 regular season games and the first nine playoff games to injury.
2008-09: Played in all 82 games for the second straight season ... Established career season-highs in all categories with 5g, 12a ... Had three multiple-point games, all two-point efforts including his first career multiple-point game with two goals 12/12 in Atlanta ... Had points in consecutive games twice, from 12/12-13 (2g, 1a) and 3/22- 28 (0g, 2a).
2007-08: Played his first full NHL season and was one of three Bruins to play in all 82 games ... Had points in consecutive games 3/20-22 (1g, 1a) ... Played his 100th NHL game 3/8 vs. Washington ... Played his first career game vs. one of his brothers when he and older brother Colin faced off in Colin’s first NHL game 12/29 in Atlanta ... He and Colin also scored in the same game when both tallied on 12/31 in Boston with Mark’s goal proving the game-winner and Colin’s his first in the NHL ... Played his first NHL playoff game 4/10 in Montreal and recorded his first playoff point with an assist 4/13 vs. the Canadiens.
2006-07: Began the season as a non-roster player while recuperat- ing from off-season knee surgery ... Assigned to Providence/AHL on 11/7 and spent most of the season in Providence with 4g, 16a totals and 62 PIM in 49 AHL Bruins games ... Recalled on three occasions to Boston - from 11/21-12/9 (0g, 1a in 7 games), 3/13-25 and 3/23-29 ... Did not dress for four games (coach’s decision).
2005-06: Played most of his first pro season with Providence/AHL with 4g, 3a totals and 76 PIM in 60 AHL Bruins games ... Recalled twice to Boston, from 3/10-11 and 3/13-4/15 ... Played his first NHL game 3/11 vs. NY Islanders, recorded his first NHL point with an as- sist 3/16 vs. Ottawa and scored his first NHL goal 4/10 vs. Washington ... Did not dress for one game.
AMATEUR CAREER: Played three years of college hockey at Colorado College, where he captained the team his junior season ... Scored 54 points with 275 PIM in 118 career college games ... Named the WCHA’s Defen- sive Player of the Year and a First Team West All-American in 2004-05 as he led the Tigers to the Frozen Four ... Named to the WCHA’s All- Rookie Team in 2002-03 and was a Third Team All-WCHA selection in 2003-04 ... International: Captained Team USA to its first-ever Gold Medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships (0g, 2a totals and four PIM in six games) and also to their first-ever Gold Medal at the 2002 World Under-18 Championships ... Also played for Team USA in the World Championships in 2003 (0g, 1a with two PIM in seven games) and 2008 (four PIM in seven games).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Boston’s first pick, 21st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.... Acquired by the Thrashers with Blake Wheeler for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik on 2/18, 2011.