Dallas Stars
Nashville Predators
James Neal
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JamesNeal
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 208
BIRTHDATE: 09/03/1987
AGE: 26
BIRTHPLACE: Whitby, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: DAL: 2005-33 overall
CAREER VS. ANA: 4 GP, 1-1-2, 0 PIM
HOME: 40 GP, 11-7-18, 27 PIM, -6
ROAD: 36 GP, 13-6-19, 24 PIM, -5
* Among NHL rookies, ranks second in goals (24) , tied for first in shootout game-deciding goals (2), tied for second in power-play goals (9), third in shots (169) and tied for 10th in points (37).
* Had assists in back-to-back games, Apr. 2-4 (0-2-2).
* Ranks first on the team in power-play goals (9), second in overall goals (24) and sixth in points (37).
* Earned back-to-back game-winning goals from Jan. 31-Feb. 3.
* Had a three-point night (2-1-3), including his first career game-winner, on Jan. 31 at Columbus.
* Notched three assists in the YoungStars Game at 2009 NHL All-Star Week.
* Netted his first career NHL hat trick (3-0-3) on Dec. 23 at Toronto.
* Scored a goal in his NHL debut on Oct. 10 vs. Columbus.

MULTIPLE POINT GAMES (7): Nov. 26 @ MIN (2-0-2), Dec. 23 @ TOR (3-0-3), Dec. 27 vs. ANA (1-1-2), Jan. 31 @ CBJ (2-1-3), Feb. 3 vs. CGY (1-1-2), Feb. 6 vs. NYR (2-0-2), Mar. 3 @ SJ (2-0-2).
James Neal is entering his third season in the NHL, spending both previous seasons with Dallas…Became the first Stars’ rookie to score over 20 goals since the franchise moved to Dallas…Ranked second on the club in each of the past two seasons in goals scored (24, 27 respectively)…Recorded six game-winning goals over the past two seasons…Competed in the 2009 Upper Deck NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend in Montreal…Became the fourth player in Stars’ history to score a goal in his NHL debut (also Jarkko Varvio, Mike Kennedy, Loui Eriksson – Fabian Brunnstrom and Raymond Sawada also accomplished the feat since Neal).

His younger brother, Michael, was a fifth-round draft pick (No. 149 overall) by the Stars in 2007, and split the 2008-09 season between Belleville and Sarnia (OHL)… Younger brother, Peter, made his OHL debut with Plymouth in 2008-09… Lists his favorite movie as Dumb & Dumber… Favorite NHL city is Toronto, and Air Canada Centre is his favorite NHL arena… Favorite TV show is Entourage… Grew up idolizing Adam Foote… Favorite non-hockey sports team is the Toronto Blue Jays… His first car was a black 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix… Considers Krys Barch as the funniest teammate he’s played with.