Born: Vernon, B.C.
DOB: Apr. 17, 1979 (22). Height: 6-3, Weight: 220 pounds. Shoots: Left. NHL team: Edmonton Oilers.
International history: Played for Canada at the 2001 world championships after his Oilers team was eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Assistant captain on Canada's 1998 world junior team. Won a gold medal with Canada's 1997 under-18 team.
What he brings: An emerging young defencemen, who broke into the league as an 18-year-old in 1997, largely because of his sound defensive play. Gradually adding an offensive component to his repertoire, especially in the second half of last season.
Career highlights: Chosen fifth overall in the 1997 entry draft by the New York Islanders. Tied for team plus-minus lead last season at plus-15. Scored overtime game-winner last March 13 to keep the Oilers' record nine-game winning streak alive.