|DRAFTED:||ATL: 2000-2 overall|
|Air Canada Cup MVP (1997) AJHL Player of the Year (1999) Canadian Junior "A" Player of the Year (1999) WCHA First All-Star Team (2000) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2000) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2000) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2001) NCAA West First All-American Team (2001) NHL All-Rookie Team (2002) Calder Memorial Trophy (2002) WC-A All-Star Team (2004) WC-A - Best Forward (2004) WC-A - Tournament MVP (2004) NHL Second All-Star Team (2006) NHL First All-Star Team (2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003, 2007, 2009) Missed majority of 2003-04 due to automobile accident, September 29, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), October 13, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), February 9, 2005. Traded to Ottawa by Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries, August 23, 2005. Traded to San Jose by Ottawa with Ottawa's 5th round choice (Isaac MacLeod) in 2010 Entry Draft for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and San Jose's 2nd round choice (later traded to NY Islanders, later traded to Chicago Chicago selected Kent Simpson) in 2010 Entry Draft, September 12, 2009. Traded to Minnesota by San Jose for Martin Havlat, July 3, 2011.|
2010-11: 4th on the team in points (26-38=64)…T-12th in the League in power play goals (11)…Scored two goals vs. Detroit on March 3…Scored the game-winner, his 20th of the season, on the power play Feb. 17 vs. Washington. This marks the 8th season he has scored 20 or more goals…Suspended two games by the NHL on March 16…Set a franchise record with 11 shots on net vs. Buffalo on Jan. 6 that was since surpassed by Patrick Marleau…Played in his 600th career game on Nov. 4 at St. Louis…Registered his first shorthanded assist since Feb. 24, 2007 at Buffalo with Ottawa on Dec. 6 at Detroit…Made his first appearance in Ottawa since being traded on Dec. 2, and registered an assist while drawing two penalties that led to PP goals…Tied his single-game career high with four points (1-3=4) on Oct. 27 vs. New Jersey…Scored his 300th career NHL goal on Oct. 16 vs. Atlanta, the team he was drafted by. Tallied 80 goals in 190 games with the Thrashers.
2009-10: T-15th in the National Hockey League in points and eighth in goals…Second in the NHL in power play goals (18) and first in game-winning goals (nine)…Had a seven-game point streak (nine, five goals and four assists) from Jan. 6-18…Tied a franchise record for shots in a period with seven in the first, including a goal, vs. St. Louis on Dec. 3…Picked up his second hat trick of the season (ninth career) on Nov. 20 vs. Philadelphia…Scored a hat trick (three goals and an assist) in his home debut on Oct. 8 vs. Columbus that included a converted penalty shot (1-for-3 lifetime) and a franchise-tying plus-6 plus/minus rating…Scored first goal as a Shark in a three-point effort (a goal and two assists) at Los Angeles on Oct. 6…Registered first points as a Shark (two assists) on Oct. 3 at Anaheim…Made Sharks debut on Oct. 1 at Colorado...Playoffs: Had 12 points (two goals and 10 assists) in the last 11 games…Posted three assists in Game 2 of the WCSF, tying a Sharks single game franchise record…Scored his first playoff goal as a Shark (a goal and an assist) in Game 1 of the WCSF on April 29…Posted two points (assists) in Game 5 of the WCQF…Missed Game 3 of the WCQF due to injury...Recorded first playoff point as a Shark on the game-tying goal with 31.3 seconds left in Game 2 of the WCQF on April 16…Olympics: Won a gold medal with Canada and was tied for second on the team in points.
2008-09: One of four Senators to appear in all 82 regular season games…Led Senators in goals (T-9th NHL), third in points and fourth in assists…Led Ottawa in power play goals (15 — seventh in NHL), game-winning goals (six) and total shots (258 — 22nd in NHL)…One of five Senators to average more than 20 minutes on-ice per game…Second on Sens with 18 multi-point games…Recorded his 500th NHL point on Dec. 20 vs. Dallas…Played his 500th NHL game on March 29 at Tampa Bay.
2007-08: Led Ottawa in goals, third in assists and points...Plus-33 rating was third in the NHL...Surpassed 40-goal mark (41) for the fourth time...T-4th in NHL with eight game-winning goals...First Senators player to have three consecutive multi-goal games…Saw consecutive games played streak end at 207 on Jan. 13…Tied career high with two, four-point games (last on March 11 vs. Boston, three goals and an assist)…Hat trick vs. Boston was his seventh in NHL career…Named to Eastern Conference All-Star Team, but missed game due to injury…Playoffs: Had one assist in quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.
2006-07: Named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team...Set a team record for most points in a season (105) while tying his own record for most goals (50)…Became first NHLer to record back-to-back 50-goal seasons since Florida’s Pavel Bure (1999-2000, 2000-01)…Set a career high with 55 assists…Finished second in the NHL in goals and fourth in points…Led Ottawa with 28 multi-point games…Had a season-high 16-game point streak from Feb. 8-March 15…Playoffs: Member of Eastern Conference Champions...Finished tied with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson for the Stanley Cup Playoffs scoring lead.
2005-06: First Senator to reach 100 points and score 50 goals in a season…Had 29 multi-point games…Had a team record 22-game point streak of 38 points (17 goals and 21 assists) to start season — second-longest streak in NHL history from start of a player’s tenure with a team (one game shy of Wayne Gretzky — 1988-89, Los Angeles Kings)…Recorded first four-goal game at Toronto on Oct. 29…Missed second career penalty shot against New York Islander Rick DiPietro on Nov. 5…Named to NHL’s Second All-Star team...Olympics: Represented Canada for the first time at the Winter Games...Playoffs: Tied Spezza and Martin Havlat for most points in a series (10) in quarterfinals vs. Tampa Bay while also tying Spezza for most assists (eight).
2004-05: Missed 14 games due to injury for Bern (Switzerland)…Had four points (three goals and an assist) and 22 PIM in 11 games with Ak Bars Kazan (Russia).
2003-04: With Atlanta, notched at least one point in 18 out of last 24 contests (12 goals, 11 assists) after missing first 51 games due to injury.
2002-03: First Thrasher player to score 40 goals…Scored first NHL hat trick at Philadelphia on Jan. 13…Most Valuable Player of 2003 NHL All-Star Game following a four-goal performance…Youngest player in NHL ASG history to score a hat trick and one of only five players to score four regulation goals.
2001-02: Won Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year) and named to the All-Rookie Team...He and teammate Ilya Kovalchuk finished first and second in NHL rookie scoring — first time since Rangers Brian Leetch and Tony Granato did it in 1988-89.
1999-2001: Led Wisconsin (WCHA) in goals and assists in 2000-01…Finalist for 2001 Hobey Baker Award…Helped Wisconsin win 1999-00 WCHA regular season title.
1998-99: Led Calgary to Doyle Cup regional junior A championship and was first in scoring with 127 points (70 goals and 57 assists)…Canadian Junior A Hockey League Player of the Year.
Personal: “Heater” lists these favorites: Dave Matthews Band (musicians); “Major League” (movie); “Entourage” (television show); Val Kilmer (actor); Charlize Theron (actress); St. Louis Blues (NHL team while growing up); New York (NHL road city); San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and the University of Wisconsin (pro/college teams); Original Joe’s (San Jose area restaurant); Newfoundland (vacation spot); textsfromlastnight.com (web site); Italian (food); “NHL94” (video game); Christmas (holiday); “It’s your birthday, so you can do whatever you want” (saying); Gentleman’s Quarterly and Maxim (magazine); Twister (board game); Babe Ruth (professional athlete)…hobby is attending concerts…first job was as an electrician’s assistant…hockey idol is Hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull…has too many superstitions to list…pet peeve: people who sing a song and really don’t know the words…hidden talent: cooking...would like to have met Babe Ruth and John Lennon (“The best Beatle”)...claims to speak “a little German”…most famous person in cell phone directory: Gord Downie (from The Tragically Hip)…golf handicap: minus-20…likes to play at The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge in San Jose…started skating and playing hockey at five…wears Easton skates, size 10.5…oldest piece of protective equipment: 12-year-old shoulder pads…born in Germany as his father (Murray) was playing in a German hockey league…dual citizen of Canada and Germany…brother (Mark) plays professional hockey in Germany and played center last year for Munich ECH.