Dion Phaneuf
Canadian ice hockey defenceman
Dion Phaneuf
Dion Phaneuf is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He was drafted ninth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, and made his NHL debut in 2005 after a four year junior career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League in which he was twice named the Defenceman of the Year.
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Red Wings sweep aside Babcock's Leafs in overtime
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(The Sports Xchange) - The Detroit Red Wings defeated former coach Mike Babcock and his Toronto Maple Leafs for a second time this season after Jakub Kindl scored an overtime winner in a 2-1 victory for the visitors on Friday. The Red Wings won their third game in a row when defenseman Kindl decided the contest at 2:17 of the extra session after the Maple Leafs (2-8-3) had tied the game on a goal by Dion Phaneuf with 1:01 left in the third period. Detroit left winger Henrik Zetterberg scored his 300th career goal in the first period to open the scoring.
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National Hockey League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel notched his fourth career hat trick as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Dion Phaneuf had the other goal and James van Riemsdyk posted two assists for the Maple Leafs, who snapped a two-game slide. Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots in the win. Mathieu Perreault and Nick Bonino scored for the Ducks, who had won seven straight since opening the season with a loss to Colorado. Jonas Hiller gave up all four goals on 23 shots.
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National Hockey League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead goal while short-handed late in the second period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens as the 2013-14 NHL season got underway at Bell Centre. Mason Raymond tallied the eventual game-winner in the third period, while James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf also notched goals for the Maple Leafs. Phil Kessel, signed to a reported eight-year, $64- million extension earlier in the day, recorded an assist on van Riemsdyk's power-play marker. James Reimer made 34 saves to help Toronto fight back from a 2-1 deficit after the opening 20 minutes. Lars Eller amassed two goals and an assist in a losing cause, with Brendan Gallagher also scoring for Montreal and Alex Galchenyuk registering two assists. Carey Price turned back 34-of-38 shots in defeat.
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Elisha Cuthbert Marries Dion Phaneuf: Her Wedding Dress Revealed!
US Magazine - over 3 years
Here come Mr. and Mrs. Phaneuf! As previously reported, Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert said "I do" to Toronto Maple Leafs player Dion Phaneuf in Summerfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada this past Saturday July 6 -- and in a newly released photo, the bride, 30, looks absolutely radiant in a traditional white wedding dress as she and her tux-clad NHL hunk, 28, emerge from the St. James Catholic Church. PHOTOS: Biggest weddings of the year Both Canadian-born, Cuthbert and Phaneuf have been dating since 2008, and got engaged last September. The Toronto Star describes the church as "a modest looking little white church on a hill, replete with a commanding view of rolling farmland on all sides," with "D&E" lettering affixed to the side of the building for the big day. PHOTOS: Hot Canadians Phaneuf's aunt told the paper that the bash was "not as glamorous as I thought it would be. It's an Island wedding." Arriving with five bridesmaids at the church around 4:30 p.m., the ...
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Sleepy P.E.I. town braces for celebrity storm as Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Dion Phaneuf prepares ... (Graeme Hamilton/National Post)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Graeme Hamilton / National Post: Sleepy P.E.I. town braces for celebrity storm as Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Dion Phaneuf prepares to wed Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert  —  This is the Prince Edward Island of postcards and travel brochures.  Rolling green fields stretch down to the river.  Rows of potatoes extend to the horizon.
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NHL-National Hockey League roundup
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
May 5 (The Sports Xchange) - Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended for two games by the National Hockey League on Sunday for charging Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman during Game Three of their Western Conference quarter-final series in Detroit on Saturday. The incident occurred at 15:11 of the second period. Abdelkader was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. - - - Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will not be punished by the league for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille on Saturday. ...
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Lupul carries Leafs over Panthers
Fox News - almost 4 years
Joffrey Lupul scored the game-winner early in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Florida Panthers, 3-2, on Tuesday.Lupul scored twice in the game while Dion Phaneuf had the other goal for the Maple Leafs, who have won three of five and hold a three-point edge over New Jersey for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference
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National Hockey League Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 4 years
Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Nikolai Kulemin scored in a 6 1/2 minute span early in the second period, as Toronto took down Tampa Bay, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre. Joffrey Lupul added a first-period tally and Nazem Kadri recorded a career-best three assists for the Maple Leafs, who put an end to their five-game slide. James Reimer stopped 26 shots in the triumph. Radko Gudas and Cory Conacher scored for the Lightning, who had won two in a row. Mathieu Garon started, but was pulled after yielding three goals on 13 shots in 27-plus minutes. He finished the contest with 15 saves. Anders Lindback played almost 21 minutes and allowed one goal on eight shots.
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Leafs feel well-armed in toughness
Calgary Sun - almost 4 years
Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf called it a man’s game, echoing the term used by coach Randy Carlyle a few weeks earlier.
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Thursday Morning Fly By: Gagne's successful return
Broad St Hockey - about 4 years
* Simon Gagne's return went pretty well as the Flyers walked all over the Caps. (BSH) (Flyers Faithful) {Meltzer) (Inquirer) (CSN) (Japers' Rink) * Gagne spoke after the game: "I feel like I never left." (CSN) * Erik Gustafsson suffered a lower body injury after blocking a shot, though. (CSN) * Mike Milbury was all over Alex Ovechkin for his performance last night. (SBNation.com) * The Danny Briere trade rumors are flying; the latest has him going to St. Louis. (BSH) * Matt Read skated yesterday morning, which is great news. (CSN Philly) * Brandon Prust wanted to fight. He dropped a glove. Dion Phaneuf just skated away, and the GIF is hilarious. (SBNation.com) * Eddie Olczyk made a huge deal about Nail Yakupov ducking to avoid a Dan Carcillo hit the other day. He has a point? (Backhand Shelf) * This NHL realignment scheme has somehow gotten worse. I think we all knew that would happen. (BSH) * A hockey dad in British Columbia was just sentenced to fifteen da ...
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Report: Leafs' Phaneuf, actress Cuthbert engaged
NHL - over 4 years
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and actress Elisha Cuthbert were engaged over the weekend, according to multiple media reports. US Weekly reported the couple made the announcement and celebrated with a party in Prince Edward Island. ...
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How long will Shea Weber play?
Broad St Hockey - over 4 years
One critical question when evaluating a 14-year deal is what the player's career will look like from here. Is it reasonable to expect that Shea Weber will be a top-pairing defenseman for even half of this deal? Let's take a look after the jump. On Twitter today, I said there was a reasonably good chance that Weber would still be a top-pairing defenseman at age 35, and that even if he's no longer elite, a $7.8M cap hit will be reasonable for a top-pairing defenseman assuming even minimal cap growth. I was surprised at the push-back I got on that, and it made me nervous. People do tend to wildly underestimate how steep the aging curve is; had I fallen into that trap? As a first pass for how elite defensemen aged, I looked at the Norris trophy winners since 1995 and how old they were the last time they were 20+ minute players. Here's what I found: Player Age for last 20+min season Paul Coffey 38 Chris Chelios 42 Brian Leetch 37 Rob Blake 40 Al MacInnis 39 Chris Pronge ...
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NHL Mock Draft
Channel 6 News - over 4 years
1. Edmonton Oilers- Nail Yakupov RW, OHL Yes, the Oilers have plenty of young scoring, but the fact is, Ryan Murray is not quite worth the first pick, and numerous D-men taking at the top have not quite turned out great. Yakupov is a safe pick and will provide Edmonton with scoring for years to come. Imagine Nugent-Hopkins centering a line with Yakupov and Taylor Hall on the wings. Scary. 2. Columbus Blue Jackets- Ryan Murray D, WHL This is a tough pick. Many scouts speculate that if Edmonton passes on Yakupov and takes Murray; then the Blue Jackets trade down. Either way, Ryan Murray is going to be a dominant defenseman in the NHL. The Jackets have lacked a top-notch blueliner ever since entering the league; and taking Murray will change that. 3. Montreal Canadiens- Mikhail Grigorenko C, QMJHL Montreal has had many up and down years overs the past few seasons. We all saw them knock off the number one seeded Capitals a few years back, yet last year they seemed ...
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Canada routs Kazakhstan 8-0 at World Championships
NHL - almost 5 years
Canada got two goals by defenseman Dion Phaneuf and three assists each from Duncan Keith and Ryan Getzlaf in an 8-0 rout of Kazakhstan in Helsinki on Saturday that assured the Canadians of a quarterfinal berth at the World Championship. Devan D...
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Leafs target conditioning as major problem
Guelph Mercury - almost 5 years
— Like the rest of their Maple Leafs teammates, Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel realize there will be little to no room for a comfortable off-season.
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Burke Has to Accept Responsibilty
Fan 590 - almost 5 years
(MONTREAL) — It’s over. A season that began with a lot of promise came to a slow and painful end for the Maple Leafs on Saturday after posting a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens The game itself was inconsequential with both teams well out of a playoff spot. The good news is the Leafs failure to grab any point in the match resulted in a 26th overall finish, meaning they go into Tuesday’s draft lottery with an 8.1% chance of winning the first overall selection. On February 6th, the Leafs were nine games over .500 and looking as good as they have in several years. Despite some weaknesses, they managed to gut out victories. But something changed… The team’s ability to compete suddenly vanished. A slide of epic proportions saw them fade into obscurity. In the early stages of their slide, Leafs GM Brian Burke said he felt trade deadline talk being a distraction the locker room. “I think it’s remarkable that players have kept their focus through this time” Burke said when the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dion Phaneuf
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    After parts of seven seasons with Toronto, Phaneuf was dealt to the Ottawa Senators on February 9, 2016, in a blockbuster nine-player trade.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    Phaneuf played a shortened 2015–16 season due to an "oblique injury and soreness in his right foot" after blocking a shot during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 12, ending the season with 20 games played with the Senators, amassing one goal and eight points.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    In August 2013, Phaneuf attended the summer orientation camp for Team Canada in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf, however, was not named to the final Olympic roster. In junior hockey, Phaneuf was known not only for his physical presence, but also his calm demeanour and offensive ability. He was compared to Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Stevens by his former coach, Brent Sutter. Scouts praised his defensive ability, and the poise he showed at both ends of the ice. Praised for his leadership abilities, Phaneuf was named the captain of Team WHL at the 2004 ATD Canada-Russia Challenge, and was counted upon to take a leadership role with the Canadian junior team at the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships. Entering his sophomore season, Phaneuf's potential impact on a game was compared to that of Russian star Alexander Ovechkin, and a poll released by ESPN in 2008 revealed that 43% of players asked argued Phaneuf was the hardest hitter in hockey, at the age of 22. He was named an alternate captain by the Flames at the start of the 2008–09 season, though Brent Sutter chose to alternate amongst a group of veterans, including Phaneuf, in 2009–10.
    On December 10, 2013, Phaneuf received a two-game suspension on a boarding hit on Boston Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller, which occurred on December 8, 2013, in Toronto.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf forfeited the amount of US$66,666.66 for his action.
    On April 21, 2013, Phaneuf and the Leafs clinched a Stanley Cup playoff spot, the first time for Phaneuf since the 2008–09 season with the Calgary Flames.
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    In 2013, he married Elisha Cuthbert.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    Phaneuf and Cuthbert announced their engagement in September 2012, and they married on July 6, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church in Summerfield, Prince Edward Island.
    More Details Hide Details Living in Toronto during the hockey season, Phaneuf and Cuthbert spend their summers at Phaneuf's waterfront estate outside of New London, Prince Edward Island, in his parents' home province. While with the Flames, he was the official ambassador to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary and donated tickets to Flames games to help families at the facility. The Flames named him the recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award in 2008 in recognition of his participation with the Children's Hospital. Phaneuf has appeared on the cover of the NHL 09 video game, and played a role in NHL promotions and commercials. Phaneuf is a fourth cousin of Canadian figure skater Cynthia Phaneuf.
    Phaneuf was once again alternate captain of the Canadian team at the 2012 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.
    More Details Hide Details Canada repeated its fifth-place finish of the prior year.
    On January 5, 2012, it was announced that Phaneuf would compete in his third All-Star Game, having finished second amongst all defencemen on the fan ballot, gaining 614,933 votes, behind the Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    After the Leafs missed the 2011 playoffs, Phaneuf served as alternate captain of Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia, where Canada finished fifth.
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  • 2010
    Age 24
    Once considered a virtual lock to join team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, his struggles in the 2008–09 season placed his candidacy in doubt.
    More Details Hide Details Team Canada General Manager Steve Yzerman continued to express confidence in Phaneuf during a summer camp held in Calgary, but Phaneuf was not among the seven defencemen ultimately selected for the team.
    Phaneuf was said to be off the ice for four-to-six weeks, and made a return to the Leafs' lineup on December 9, 2010, a home ice game against the Philadelphia Flyers, which Philadelphia won 4–1, though he had one assist on the lone Toronto goal.
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    On November 2, 2010, in a game against the Ottawa Senators, Phaneuf sustained an injury in the leg by having it cut open with a skate from Peter Regin while crashing into the boards.
    More Details Hide Details He was carried off the ice immediately and had surgery done the same night.
    Phaneuf was named the 18th captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 14, 2010, at a press conference held by General Manager Brian Burke, succeeding Mats Sundin, who left after the 2007–08 season.
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    He would record his first point, an assist, four nights later in a game against the Ottawa Senators and scored his first goal as a Leaf on April 7, 2010, on Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf was named an alternate captain in Toronto nine games after being acquired after Mike Komisarek suffered a season-ending injury. While Phaneuf struggled offensively to begin his tenure in Toronto – he played 25 games in Toronto before scoring his first goal – then-Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson credited him with creating a positive change in the mood in the Toronto dressing room.
    On February 2, 2010, Phaneuf made his Toronto Maple Leaf debut, leading all Maple Leafs players in time on ice and ended the night with a fight and given second star of the game honours.
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    On January 31, 2010, the Flames dealt Phaneuf, along with Fredrik Sjöström and Keith Aulie, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    He missed the final game of the Flames' 2009 Stanley Cup playoff Western Quarter-final series against the Chicago Blackhawks with broken ribs, after battling a hip injury during the regular season.
    More Details Hide Details Flames management defended Phaneuf, claiming that the injuries he battled affected his play.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    Phaneuf began dating Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert in May 2008. Their relationship became the centre of controversy in December 2008 when then-Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery, who had dated Cuthbert in the past, commented on how other NHL players, such as Phaneuf — as well as Los Angeles Kings' center Jarret Stoll, who was dating model Rachel Hunter, another ex-girlfriend — fell in love with his "sloppy seconds."
    More Details Hide Details NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman referred to the remarks as "disgusting" and subsequently suspended Avery six games; the Stars later cut ties with the player.
    The 2008–09 season was a frustrating one for Phaneuf, as he recorded a career-low 11 goals and 47 points, and his poor plus-minus rating of –11 led fans to question his defensive commitment.
    More Details Hide Details His poor season and high salary also led to speculation that Phaneuf might be traded. In spite of his struggles, Phaneuf averaged 26 minutes and 31 seconds of ice time per game, the fourth highest in the League.
    He responded by posting a career-high 60 points, and was voted into the starting lineup by the fans for the 2008 All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf was named to the NHL First All-Star Team following the season, and was a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as defenceman of the year, losing to the Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidström.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    Following the Flames' elimination in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, Phaneuf joined the Canadian senior team at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded eight assists in seven games to help Canada win the gold medal over Finland.
    The Flames signed Phaneuf to a six-year, US$39 million contract extension midway through the 2007–08 season.
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  • 2006
    Age 20
    A 50-point sophomore season earned Phaneuf his first NHL All-Star Game appearance in 2006–07.
    More Details Hide Details He participated in the hardest shot competition at the SuperSkills competition, losing to Zdeno Chára, and scored a goal and an assist in the game itself to help the Western Conference defeat the East 12–9.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    The Canadian team at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships dominated the tournament, outscoring their opposition 35–6 in the games leading up to the gold medal match-up with Russia.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf scored a goal and threw a memorable bodycheck that knocked down two Russian players in the championship game as Canada routed the Russians 6–1 to win their first gold medal in eight years. He was again named a tournament All-Star, as well as being named the outstanding defenceman of the tournament.
    Phaneuf made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, against the Minnesota Wild.
    More Details Hide Details Five nights later, he scored his first career goal, assist and points against the Colorado Avalanche. He was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November after leading all rookie defencemen with nine points and two game-winning goals. By January, Phaneuf was being named alongside Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin as a candidate for the NHL's top rookie. He finished the season with 20 goals, only the third player in NHL history after Brian Leetch and Barry Beck to score 20 as a rookie defenceman. His 20 goals also broke the Flames franchise record for goals by a rookie defenseman, surpassing Gary Suter's total of 18. Phaneuf was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie, but lost out to Ovechkin.
    Phaneuf joined the Flames for the 2005–06 NHL season after signing his first professional contract in September 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    Phaneuf made his international debut for the Canadian junior team at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Helsinki, earning a leadership role under Head Coach Mario Durocher.
    More Details Hide Details A devastating bodycheck to the Czech Republic's Rostislav Olesz led the referee to eject Phaneuf from the semi-final game; he was not suspended, however, and played in the gold medal game. The Canadians lost the final to the United States, while Phaneuf was named a tournament All-Star at defence.
    Prospects Hockey rated Phaneuf as the top player in the CHL in both 2004 and 2005, ahead of Sidney Crosby, naming him one of the best junior defencemen of the previous decade.
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    The 2004–05 NHL lockout, however, forced Phaneuf to play one final year of junior hockey.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 56 points in 55 games to finish his junior career with 146 total points. He repeated as the WHL's Defenceman of the Year, and was again named to both WHL and CHL All-Star Teams.
    He was considered a candidate to join the Flames in 2004.
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    Phaneuf is a three-time NHL All-Star. He has represented Team Canada internationally five times in his career, winning a silver medal and a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2004 and 2005, respectively, as well as a gold medal at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf is active in the community; the Flames honoured Phaneuf for his role as an ambassador to the Alberta Children's Hospital, where he participated in events that help sick and injured children during his time in Calgary. Phaneuf was a common sight at Toronto events, often appearing at fundraisers, promotional activities or visiting patients at Sick Kids Hospital.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    Then-Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter valued Phaneuf so highly in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft that he attempted to trade up from his ninth overall selection in the Draft, though to no avail.
    More Details Hide Details Nonetheless, he was able to select Phaneuf with Calgary's first selection in the draft. Phaneuf established himself as the junior hockey team's top player following the draft, earning the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the top defenceman in the WHL. He was also named an Eastern Conference All-Star by the WHL, and a First Team All-Star by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).
    He was drafted ninth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary and made his NHL debut in 2005 after a four-year junior career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL), in which he was twice named the Defenceman of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details He set a Flames record for most goals by a first-year defenceman and was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie in 2005–06. Two years later, he was a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as top defenceman, though he did not win either award. Since going pro, Phaneuf has been involved in two blockbuster trades. The first came in late 2009, when he was involved in a seven-player trade that saw him move from Calgary to Toronto. Six years later, Phaneuf was the centrepiece of a 9-player deal that saw him sent from Toronto to Ottawa.
  • 2002
    Age 16
    He improved to 16 goals and 30 points in 2002–03 as the Rebels again reached the WHL Finals, again losing, this time to the Kelowna Rockets.
    More Details Hide Details Phaneuf's development earned him comparisons to Hall of Famer Scott Stevens, as he was lauded by scouts for his physical style and ability to excel both defensively and offensively.
  • 2001
    Age 15
    One year later, he joined the Rebels for the 2001–02 season and recorded 17 points in 67 games.
    More Details Hide Details He added two assists in 21 games as the Rebels lost in the WHL Final against the Kootenay Ice.
  • 2000
    Age 14
    The Red Deer Rebels selected Phaneuf in the third round of the 2000 WHL Bantam Draft.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Dion Phaneuf was born April 10, 1985, in Edmonton, Alberta, to Paul, a construction worker, and Amber, a nurse, both originally from the province of Prince Edward Island.
    More Details Hide Details Dion attended Harry Ainlay Composite High School. Dion has a younger brother, Dane, who played for the P.E.I. Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Paul and Amber Phaneuf describe their family as close-knit. Paul Phaneuf maintained a backyard rink each winter that the young Phaneuf practiced on. His mother, a former figure skater who competed for Prince Edward Island at the 1975 Canada Winter Games, taught him to skate. Phaneuf also practiced his shot relentlessly in the basement of his family's home, frequently breaking the nets his father bought.
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