Kurtis Foster
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 11/24/1981
DRAFTED: CGY: 2000-40 overall
2008-09 GAME HIGHS:
Goals - 1 (4/11 at CBS)br>Assists - 2, (4/10 vs. NSH)br>Points - 2, 2x (4/11 at CBS)br>Shots - 3, (4/10 vs. NSH)br>Plus/Minus - +2, (4/10 vs. NSH)br>Ice Time - 20:13 (3/22 vs. EDM)br>
* Led team with plus-7 rating
* Tallied goal, assist and was plus-3 at CBS (4/11)br>* Had two assists and was +2 vs. NSH (4/10)br>* Recorded assist at CGY (3/28) for first point of season
* Logged 18:21 of ice time in second game of season vs. COL (3/17)br>* Appeared in first game of season at LA (3/7/09) since suffering fractured left femur at SJ (3/19/08). Registered 9:28 of ice time, 3 hits and one shot on goal
* Had six points (1-5=6) in six games during conditioning stint with Houston
Career: Has appeared in 120 career NHL?games for Atlanta and Minnesota, tallying 13 goals, 39 assists and 112 PIM...Became the seventh player in team history to score a goal in his first game in a Wild sweater, and the first Wild player to collect two goals in his first game with the team?(11/19/05)...2006-07: Skated in 57 games during second full NHL season with Minnesota...Led team defensemen with 20 assists, including a franchise-record-tying 13 power-play assists and ranked second with 23 points...Set the single-season record with 14 assists at home by a defenseman...Established career-highs in assists and PIM (52)...Notched three assists in the season’s first two games, including a pair of helpers in a 6-5 win vs. NSH (10/7)...Tied a franchise record for defenseman with seven shots on goal at OTT (11/20)...Recorded two assists vs. PHX (11/24)...Collected six PP assists during career-high-tying three-game point streak (0-6=6, 12/29-1/2)...Notched career-high three points (all PP assists) vs. CBJ (12/29)...Logged season-high 25:37 in ice-time at CHI?(1/14)...Collected 20th assist of season vs. STL?(4/7) to extend point streak to three games (1-2=3, 4/3-4/7)...Missed 18 games due to injury...Missed nine games (12/1-12/19) with a throat injury suffered vs. SJ?(11/29)...Suffered lower-body injury at CHI?(1/19) and missed nine games?(1/20-2/10)...2005-06: Led all Minnesota defensemen in points (28) and goals (10) in his rookie season...Established a franchise record for goals scored at home by a defenseman (9) and tied the club record for goals scored at home by a rookie...Ranked eighth in the league in points among rookie defensemen and tied for second in goals...Tallied four points (3-1=4) in his first three games with the Wild...Scored twice in his Minnesota debut, including the game-winner, for the first two goals of his career vs. NSH (11/19)...Claimed a goal and an assist in 5-3 win vs. STL two games later (11/25)...Earned the first two-assist game of his career with a pair of helpers vs. BOS (12/15)...Logged a team-high 28:42 of TOI and tallied the GWG in overtime vs. MTL (12/17)...Notched two helpers in a win at CHI (1/22)...Also tallied two assists in a victory at EDM (2/10)...Scored his ninth goal of the season at home vs. EDM (3/14), establishing a team record for goals at home by a Wild defenseman...Registered a season-high three game point streak (1/18-1/22) in which he tallied five points (2-3=5)...2004-05: Collected 42 points (17-25=42) and 95 PIM in 78 games with Cincinnati (AHL) and ranked tied for first on team with a +16 rating and fourth in scoring...Led team defensemen in goals, assists and points...His 17 goals ranked second among AHL defensemen and his eight PPGs ranked tied for third...Added five points (2-3=5) and 28 PIM in nine playoff contests...2003-04: Tallied 30 points (11-19=30) and 95 PIM in 67 games with Chicago (AHL)...Also appeared in three NHL contests with the Atlanta Thrashers and recorded one assist...2002-03: Made NHL debut with Atlanta, skating in two games with the Thrashers...Recorded 42 points (15-27=42) and 159 PIM in 75 games with Chicago during second full season in AHL...AMATEUR: Spent five seasons (1997-02) with Peterborough (OHL) tallying 36 goals and 60 assists.

Playoffs: Has played in three career postseason games and has tallied two points (0-2=2) and five shots on goal...2006-07: Tallied two points (0-2=2) in three postseason appearances...Made NHL?playoff debut at ANA (4/11) and collected an assist...Also collected an assist in Game 2 at ANA?(4/13).

Career Transactions: Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, August 4, 2005; Rights acquired by Atlanta along with Jeff Cowan from Calgary for Petr Buzek and Atlanta’s sixth round choice (Adam Pardy) in the 2004 NHL?Entry Draft, December 18, 2001; Originally selected by Calgary in the second round (40th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
PERSONAL: Foster is single and resides in Peterborough, Ontario, during the off-season...Nicknames are “Fozzy” and “Fosty”...Plays golf and baseball as hobbies...Calls Derek MacKenzie and Mikko Koivu his best friends in hockey...Says his father inspired his hockey career and admired Brett?Hull growing up...Started playing hockey at age four...Lists Madden as his favorite video game and Pad Thai as his favorite food...First job was a dishwasher...Favorite part of hockey is traveling...Calls the Mall of America his favorite part of Minnesota...Favorite food is pizza and favorite movie is Old School... Enjoys the music of Nickelback...Favorite web site is tsn.ca...Lists “Seinfeld” as his favorite television show...Calls Ottawa his favorite team to play and Vancouver his favorite road city...Favorite breakfast is toast with peanut butter and his favorite Twin Cities restaurant is 112.