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James Wisniewski
James Wisniewski
Defenseman
(wiz-NOO-skee)
Number: 43
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 203
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb 21, 1984  (Age 30)
Birthplace: Canton, MI, United States
Hometown: Canton, MI
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Drafted: CHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (156th overall)

Career: Represented USA at 2008 IIHF World Championships (6GP-1G-2A-3P) as well as 2003 & '04 (Gold Medal, 1st in national team history) World Junior Championships (13GP-2G-7A-9P combined)… Also won 1st World U18 Championship Gold Medal in USA history in 2002 (3GP-3G-1A-2P)… Played 4 seasons (2000-04) in OHL with Plymouth (217GP-52G-135A-187P)… Named OHL/CHL Defenceman of the Year in 2004.

2013-14: Matched career high with 51P (2010-11), setting new CBJ record for most points/assists (44) by a D in a season... Finished 9th in the NHL in PPP (28, 3rd among D)... Tallied 200th career NHL point (assist) on 11/7 vs. NYR... Matched career high with 3 points (1G-2A) on 10/22 vs. NJD.

2012-13: Finished 3rd on CBJ in TOI (22:49/game) and 2nd in PP TOI (3:16/game)... Skated in 400th career NHL game on 4/12 vs. STL

Personal: Nickname: ‘Wiz’… Is an avid golfer... Favorite player growing up: Chris Chelios… Nephew of former NHL player (PIT, DET, CHI, NYR), head coach (DET) and FLA scout Billy Dea.



- Recorded multi-point games: (Dec. 16, Feb. 19).
- Tallied his first goal of the season against Buffalo on Jan. 14.
- Logged a season-high 28:23 time on ice against the New York Rangers on Jan. 16.
- Established a career-high three assists against Edmonton on Dec. 16 in his first game back from the Injured Reserve list.
- Activated from Injured Reserve on Dec. 16 after missing the Blackhawks first 28 games of the season due to a knee injury sustained during the offseason.
- Appeared in two games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs on a long-term injury exception conditioning loan (Dec. 11 - 13), which includes notching his first pro hat trick and a pro career-high four points in the second contest.

2007-08:
- Led Blackhawks defensemen and ranked second overall on the squad with a career-high 103 penalty minute
- Ranked third among team blueliners with seven goals and 26 points and tied for third with 19 assists in an NHL career high 68 matchups
- Netted the game-tying goal and an assist and posted a +4 plus/minus rating in a 4-3 overtime victory on March 23 against St. Louis
- Missed 10 games from Dec. 30 to Jan. 16 due to a sprained knee suffered on Dec. 26 against Nashville
- Missed three games due to a facial injury (Nov. 28 to Dec. 1)br>- Accrued a career-best three-point night (one goal, two assists) on Oct. 31 against Dallas
- Posted multiple points four times