Well-rounded left winger who was named the Florida Panthers MVP in 2008-2009 and the Vancouver Canucks Most Exciting Player in 2011-2012.
He played college hockey for the Michigan State Spartans.
He represented the United States in the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championship, winning a gold medal and MVP of the tournament.
He has two brothers and one sister.
Goaltender Ed Belfour was his teammate on the Panthers.