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Born December 18, 1979 (1979-12-18) (age 30),
Houghton, MI, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
NHL team
F. teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 240th overall, 1999
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2003 – present

Jeff Finger (born December 18, 1979 in Houghton, Michigan) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

Finger was drafted 240th overall (8th round) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. While playing junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) he was selected the league's Defenceman of the Year for the 1999–2000 season. In the 2000–2001 season he was named St.Cloud's (WCHA) Outstanding Freshman Hockey Player. Finger resides in Calumet, Michigan during the summer and spends much of his time working out and fishing the streams near Lake Superior.

Finger played in the final 22 games of the 2006–07 NHL season with the Avalanche. He made his NHL debut on February 20, 2007 against the Calgary Flames and recorded his first NHL point when he assisted on a Paul Stastny goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 27. On March 1 he scored his first NHL goal against Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks with assists from Paul Stastny and Ben Guite. Finger finished the season with one goal and four assists with 11 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus that tied for second on the team, trailing only team leader Ken Klee with a +18.[1].

On May 23, 2007, the Avalanche re-signed Finger to a one-year contract for the 2007-08 season.[2] In his first full season with the Avalanche, Finger emerged as a serviceable defenseman and played in a career-high 72 games, scoring 8 goals.

On July 1, 2008, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Finger to a four-year deal worth $3.5 million per season.[3]

Awards

  • 1999–00 USHL First All-Star Team

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 51 5 9 14 208 4 0 0 0 18
1998–99 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 55 11 28 39 199 6 0 3 3 14
1999–00 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 55 13 35 48 154 14 3 11 14 40
2000–01 St. Cloud State WCHA 41 4 5 9 84
2001–02 St. Cloud State WCHA 42 6 20 26 105
2002–03 St. Cloud State WCHA 24 5 8 13 46
2003–04 Reading Royals ECHL 10 2 5 7 24
2003–04 Hershey Bears AHL 63 2 9 11 88
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 75 4 11 15 125
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 70 3 20 23 116
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 44 3 10 13 65 5 1 1 2 4
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 1 4 5 11
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 8 11 19 40 5 0 2 2 4
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 6 17 23 43
NHL totals 160 15 32 47 94 5 0 2 2 4

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