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NHL PLAYER, Mike Green

BIOGRAPHY

Born Oct 12, 1985 -- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Selected by Washington Capitals round 1 #29 overall 2004 NHL Entry Draft

Michael David Green (born October 12, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Best known for his hard slapshot, Green put up big offensive statistics for a defenceman from 2007 to 2010. He was given the nickname Game Over during the 2007–08 season when he displayed a propensity for scoring game-winning goals in the last minutes of the third period or overtime.

Green played his minor hockey career with the NASA Hockey Association, in Calgary, Alberta. He played major junior in the Western Hockey League for five full seasons with the Saskatoon Blades. After a 14-goal, 39-point season in 2003–04, he was drafted in the first round, 29th overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In 2005–06, Green split the season with the Capitals and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

In the 2007–08 NHL season, Green emerged as an elite offensive NHL defenceman while playing on a young and talented Washington team which included forwards Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Nicklas Bäckström. He earned the nickname "Game Over", made popular by play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati after Green's game-winning goals in the last minutes of the third period or overtime became a regular occurrence.

At the end of the season, on May 21, 2008, Green was named to the Sporting News' NHL All-Star team along with teammate Alexander Ovechkin. Later in the summer, Green signed a four-year contract extension with the Capitals, on July 1, averaging to $5.25 million a year

In 2008-09 he set an NHL record for the longest goal-scoring streak by a defenseman at eight games, breaking the record of seven set by Mike O'Connell of the Boston Bruins, who scored in seven straight in 1983-84..

In April 2009, Green was nominated for the Norris Trophy along with Zdeno Chára and Nicklas Lidström. He has been nominated for the award twice.

In 2009–10, Green set a career-high with 76 points. During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 NHL season, Green led all NHL defencemen in goals scored with 12.

On July 16, 2012, Green signed a three-year contract extension worth $18.25 million to stay with the Washington Capitals. Among the game's finest man-advantage quarterbacks, Green has a powerful slap shot and good offensive instincts.

Detroit

After the 2014-15 season, The Detroit Red Wings were in search of an offensively gifted, right-shot defenseman able to add some punch to the power play. Green, one of the most coveted players available, fit that description. So on July 1, 2015, the unrestricted free agent signed a three-year contract with the Red Wings after 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals.

Over his 10-season career with the Capitals, Green had been the most productive defenseman from the players taken in the first round of the 2004 NHL draft. He has registered 113 goals and 360 points in 575 regular-season games. In his first season in Detroit, Green led Red Wings defensemen in points (35), while tying for second with 20 power-play points.   On October 17, 2016, Green notched his first career hat trick against Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators.   International Play   Following his break-out season with the Capitals, Green debuted for Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championships as the host country. He recorded 12 points in eight games as Canada went on to win a silver medal, losing to Russia in overtime in the gold medal game. Green was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.   Off The Ice   Green has been involved in a number of community organizations and events over the years. He has raised money for Children's National Medical Center as part of America's Giving Challenge, sponsored by Parade magazine. He also participated with Alexander Ovechkin in speaking at a local middle school and participating in a game of floor hockey.   In 2008, Green founded a charity called So Kids Can with Elliot Segal, host of DC101's Elliot in the Morning. During the 2011–12 season, the group raised money to construct a playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town Alexandria (Virginia). Working with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to building playgrounds, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and over 200 Washington Capitals fans and community volunteers, Green and Segal oversaw the construction of that playground. The S.T.A.R.S playground held its official opening on September 19, 2012. So Kids Can has raised over $200,000 since its founding.[  

Source: Wikipedia 

NEWS

Green contributes in a big way in Red Wings’ romp November 16, 2017

Mike Green played a starring role in the Detroit Red Wings’ big win last night, tallying 3 assists in an 8-2 defeat of the Calgary Flames. The 32-year-old Calgary-native has gotten off to an incredible start this season, averaging nearly a point per game through his first 19 games. He currently sits tied for first among defenseman in assists (16) and 2nd in points (17).

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.

Green has big night in Red Wings’ victory October 06, 2017

Mike Green tallied a game-high 4 points last night – all assists – as the Detroit Red Wings held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild, 4-2. Now in his 3rd season with Detroit, the soon to be 32-year-old defenseman appears to have taken over the reins as veteran leader of the team’s defensive corps. Besides being named 3rd star of the contest, the Calgary-native also registered big minutes (23:41 of ice-time) and a plus rating (+1).

For more on Green and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Mrazek and Green step up in Red Wings triumph February 06, 2017

Petr Mrazek recorded his first shutout of the season and Mike Green scored the game’s only goal, as the Detroit Red Wings hung on for a 1-0 win over the Nashville Predators. Mrazek was named the first star of the match after turning aside all 42 shots he faced, including a 17-shot barrage in the 3rd period to consolidate the victory. Green, meanwhile, tallied the game-winner late in the 1st period, his 10th goal of the season. The Calgary-native leads Detroit in TOI/G (23:55) and points by a defenseman (25).

For more on Saturday’s contest, check out the nhl.com story here

Green, DeKeyser lead Red Wings to victory December 05, 2016

Mike Green scored two goals and Danny DeKeyser netted the overtime winner on Sunday, as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Islanders, 4-3. Green, who would go on to be named the first star of the contest, registered his 5th and 6th goals of the season, one short of his goal tally from last year. Meanwhile, the overtime hero, DeKeyser, led all Red Wings in ice-time with 24:26, and added 4 shots on net.

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Green named 3rd star of the week October 24, 2016

Mike Green claimed 3rd star of the week honours (period ending Oct. 23) on Monday, after guiding the Detroit Red Wings to a perfect 4-0-0 record. Playing in his 2nd season with the Red Wings, the offensive defenseman has had an exceptional start to his 2016-17 campaign, registering 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in just six games, along with a plus/minus rating of +4.

For more on Green, check out the nhl.com article here

Green shines on historic night October 18, 2016

Mike Green may not have planned it, but he all but stole the show last night, scoring his first career hat trick in Detroit’s final home opener at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings would go on to defeat the Senators 5-1 in the contest, with the 31-year-old defenseman eventually being named first star of the game. Signed by the Red Wings to a three-year deal in 2015, the Calgary-native tallied 35 points in 74 games last season.

For more on Green and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com post here

Red Wings relying on Green for power play success August 25, 2016

Signed by the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2015, Mike Green enters the second year of his contract with an eye on exceeding expectations and taking on more of a leadership role. The Calgary-native led Detroit in points by a D-man with 35 in 2015-16, and despite playing primarily on the 2nd unit of the power play, tallied 20 points, his highest total since 2015-16.  All signs point to Green taking on a bigger role on the power play in 2016-17, and with it, bigger responsibilities.

For more on Green keep reading the mlive.com story here

Green and Richards star in Red Wings’ win April 04, 2016

Mike Green and Brad Richards were named the 1st and 3rd stars, respectively, on Saturday night, in the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Both Green and Richards scored a goal and added an assist in the contest, while Green’s goal ending up being the game winner. The 30-year-old defenseman has found his scoring touch of late, with three goals in his last five games. 

For more on Saturday’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.  

Green makes his first on-ice appearance with new club September 04, 2015

Mike Green took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for the first time on Friday, in what he hopes will be the beginning of a smooth transition with his new team. Acquired by the Red Wings via free agency, the offensive defenseman is looking forward to playing Detroit’s puck possession style. The 29-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta expects to be a fixture on the Wings power play, and will be paired with an up-and-coming star in Danny DeKeyser.

For more on Green, keep reading the nhl.com article here

DeKeyser looking forward to playing with Green August 13, 2015

Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Danny DeKeyser thinks the signing of Mike Green will be beneficial not only for the club, but also for himself.  Known for his strong defensive play, the 25-year-old believes that he and the offensive-minded Green would be make for an excellent pairing.  The Macomb Township, Michigan-native set career highs in assists (29) and points (31) last year.

For more on DeKeyser and Green, check out the nhl.com story here

Richards and Green sign on with Detroit July 06, 2015

The Detroit Red Wings came to terms with a pair of free agents on July 1st, bringing aboard veterans Mike Green and Brad Richards.  Green, who is coming off his best offensive campaign since the 2009-10 season, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the club. The defenseman tallied 10 goals and 35 assists last year, along with an impressive +15 plus/minus rating.

Richards, meanwhile, inked a one-year deal worth $3 million.  He was a vital component to the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup run, registering 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 23 playoff games.

For more on Richards and Green, keep reading nhl.com story here

Green guides Washington to victory December 23, 2014

Mike Green assisted on both of his team’s goals Monday night, as the Washington Capitals snuck past the Ottawa Senators, 2-1. The Calgary, Alberta-native has been hot of late, picking up five points (1 goal and 4 assists) in his last 3 games. Overall, the offensive defenseman has had a good start to the season, with 17 points in 25 games and a plus/minus rating of +4.

For more on last night’s game, check out the washingtonpost.com recap here

Fehr scores winner, Foligno first star in loss December 19, 2014

Eric Fehr scored the winning goal in overtime on a feed from defenseman Mike Green, as the Washington Capitals took down the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 last night. Both Fehr and Green had 2 points in the contest, with the latter assisting on the tying and winning goals. As for Foligno, he once again starred for the Blue Jackets, scoring two goals and an assist in the match.  The left winger is on pace for a career year with Columbus, with 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 30 games thus far.

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here

Green scores 100th career coal in Caps victory January 29, 2014

Mike Green put on an offensive display last night, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4. Named the first star of the game, the 28-year-old D-man scored twice, including the winner in overtime, while adding an assist and 5 shots on net.  His first tally of the contest, which came halfway through the 2nd period, was the 100th goal of his career. The defensive dynamo has turned it on in the month of January, putting up 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in his last 12 games.

For more on Green and last night’s win, keep reading the washingtonpost.com article here.

Positive reinforcement key to Green’s return to form September 23, 2013

After battling with tough injuries over the last few seasons, Mike Green’s career is back on the upswing. The star D-man attributes his renewal in form and confidence to the Capitals coaching staff, who have got him thinking and playing with a positive mindset. If his play at the end of last year is any indication, Green looks primed for a huge season in 2013-14.

For more on Green, keep reading the nhl.com piece here.

Defensive scoring machine could be primed for big year August 16, 2013

Slowed by a sports hernia injury in 2011-12, Mike Green began to show signs in the second half of last season that he was beginning to hit his stride. After retuning from a groin injury, Green went on a run that saw him rack up 12 goals and 11 assists in his last 26 games (including playoffs).  There is no reason to believe that the now healthy defenseman will not continue to trend in the same direction, which surely will have the Capitals faithful excited for the upcoming season.

For more on Green, keep reading the csnwashington.com article here.

Subban, Stamkos among top names invited to Canada’s Olympic camp July 23, 2013

With the Sochi 2014 Olympics right around the corner, Hockey Canada announced their preliminary list of 47 players for the nation’s upcoming orientation camp in late August. Headlining that list is the newly crowned Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, along with 2-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard award winner Steven Stamkos. Other notable invitees include: Drew Doughty, Jordan Eberle, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Brad Marchand, James Neal, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, and Mike Richards.

For more on this story, keep reading the NHL.com piece here.

For more on Subban's reaction to being invited to the Olympic camp, check out the montrealgazette.com article here.

Mike Green appears to be back on track April 08, 2013 – Washington, D.C. - Stephen Whyno, Washington Times, Writer

Eleven months after sports hernia surgery, Mike Green was finally pain free. He began the 2013 NHL season feeling the best he had since injuring his groin in November 2011. Back to his silky smooth skating, the Washington Capitals defenseman piled up 30 minutes a night and looked like the old Mike Green, or, rather, the young Mike Green who was a Norris Trophy finalist. All that was missing was his previous offensive production.

Back from another groin injury, Green isn’t worried about limitations, and the firepower that made him a star has seemingly returned.

“I think that’s just because I feel good,” he said. “I had a rough go the last few years and [I’m] finally healthy. So [I] feel great.”

In four games from March 30 through April 4, Green scored five goals and added an assist. He was halfway to his own league record for consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman.

For more on this story, click here.

Source: Stephen Whyno, Washington Times, Writer

Green stays hot April 05, 2013 – Washington, D.C. - Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- By virtue of the quirky way the NHL decides tie games -- with a skills competition that rewards the team that loses -- both the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals have completed a steady climb into playoff position.

The Capitals won a shootout to beat the Islanders 2-1 Thursday night, moving Washington atop the Southeast Division and New York into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and Washington also got the help it needed when the Montreal Canadiens finished off a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Capitals and Jets both have 38 points, but Washington has two games in hand.

The Capitals also have momentum, winning six of their last eight, no longer resembling the team that started 2-8-1 in the lockout-shortened season.

For more on this story, click here.

Source: Associated Press