SPORTS: Washington Capitals

#4 John Erskine - Defense

  • POSITION: Defense
  • HEIGHT: 6'4"
  • WEIGHT: 220
  • BIRTHPLACE: Kingston, Ontario
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 06/26/80
  • AGE: 34

John Erskine BIO:


Tallied an assist and 7 blocked shots on 4/23 vs. WPG ... Led WSH with 8 hits on 4/13 vs. TB ... Scored a goal on 3/7 vs. FLA ... Fighting major (Thornton) on 3/5 vs. BOS ... Collected an assist on the GWG on 3/2 at WPG ... Scored his second goal of the season on 2/26 vs. CAR ... Skated 23:42 on 2/14 at TB ... Fighting major (Parros) on 2/9 vs. FLA

... Tallied an assist on 1/29 at OTT ... Scored first goal of the season and skated 20:56 on 1/27 vs. BUF; first goal since 4/5/11 at TOR ... Made season debut on 1/25 at NJ ... Ranked 2nd on the team with 21 blocked shots during playoffs.


Registered four hits on 1/9 at LA. Collected a fi ghting major (Asham, PIT) and three hits on 12/1 vs. PIT. Played in his 400th NHL game and skated 18:11 on 11/8 vs. DAL (the team he was originally drafted by). Made his 2011-12 debut on 11/1 vs. ANA, recording an assist and skating 15:49. Missed nine games (10/8-10/29) due to injury. Missed the last seven games (3/25-4/7) due to injury. Made 2012 postseason debut in Game 4 of ECQF vs. BOS on 4/19. Tallied an assist in Game 5 of ECQF at BOS on 4/21.


2010-11: Finished 6th on the team in blocked shots (120). 3rd on the team in hits (166). Scored his fourth goal of the season 4/5 in TOR and his first since 11/26 vs. TB. Washington was 4-0-0 when he scored a goal and 10-0-1 when he recorded a point. Set career highs in games played (73), goals (4) and points (11) and tied his career high in assists (7). Finished fourth on Washington in postseason hits (24). Ranked fifth in blocked shots during the playoffs (14). Scored his fi rst career playoff goal on 5/4 at TB. Tied his career high for postseason points (2). 

2009-10: Played in 50 games in his fourth season with the Capitals and had six points (1g-5a). Team was 4-0-1 when had a point. Finished the season with a career-best +16 rating, his third straight season with a plus-rating. Took 50 shots for the second straight year. Sixth on the team with 109 hits and fifth with 80 blocked shots despite playing 18 fewer games than anyone ranked higher than him in both categories. Had an assist, was +3 and racked up 17 PIM at COL (12/15). The 17 PIM were his most since he had 29 PIM on 11/22/06 at ATL. Scored his only goal of the year, added an assist and was +3 on 1/26 at NYI (first goal since 1/19/08 vs. FLA). Was +3 in a 3-2 win at CAR (11/30) and a 4-1 win at BOS (2/2). Took a career-high fi ve shots 1/31 vs. TB. Averaged 15:58 TOI per game, but skated a season-high 20:52 in a 3-2 shootout loss at CAR (3/25). 

2008-09: Recorded four points (4a) in 52 games. Finished the season at +1. Averaged 16:47 TOI. The first season in his career that he did not record more than 7 PIM in any game. Had assists 10/18 vs. NJ and 11/10 vs. TB. Skated a regular-season high 21:21 in a 6-3 win at PIT on 1/14. Tallied the second two-assist game of his career 3/17 at FLA. Took a career-high four shots 3/21 at CAR. Played in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games, missing two vs. PIT due to a foot injury. Recorded 16 PIM. Had one assist in seven games vs. NYR in ECQF. Was +3 in Game 5 vs. NYR. Skated more than 18 minutes in all five of his games vs. PIT in ECSF and more than 21 minutes three times.

2007-08: Recorded a career-high nine points (2g-7a) in 51 games. Team was 7-1-0 when he had a point. Second on the team with 96 PIM. Recorded points in each of the fi rst two games of the season, including a goal 10/5 at ATL in the opener that ended up as the game-winner. Had his first career two-assist game 12/10 vs. NJ. Played in his 200th NHL game at MTL (1/29). Finished with a +5 rating in the last 10 games of the season. Posted his 500th career PIM in the season finale, 4/5 vs. FLA. Played in all seven ECQF playoff games against PHI and recorded two assists and six PIM. 

2006-07: Had seven points (1g-6a) in just 29 games, missing 39 due to injury. Ranked fifth on the team in PIM (69). Credited with 52 hits and 51 blocked shots. Had six of his points (1g-5a) at home. Made the team out of training camp but did not play in the fi rst four games before being assigned to Hershey (AHL). Returned to Caps 11/9 and played in 18 straight games. Made his Caps debut vs. CAR (11/9). Posted his first Caps point, an assist, 11/11 vs. NYR. Recorded a career-high 29 PIM vs. ATL (11/22). Had an assist and was +3 in a seasonhigh 22:25 at TB (11/28). Scored his lone goal, an empty-netter, and added an assist vs. BUF (12/2). Suffered a foot fracture vs. PHI (12/16) and missed 25 games. Returned to the lineup at TB (2/15). Registered nine hits at PIT (2/18), the most in a game by a Capital during the season. Posted assists in back-to-back games vs. NJ (2/25) and vs. FLA (2/27). Registered his 400th NHL PIM on 3/3 vs. NYI. Suffered a dislocated thumb vs. CAR (3/9) and missed the season’s final 14 games. 

2005-06: Played a careerhigh 60 NHL games between DAL and NYI. Totaled a career-high 161 PIM. Played three games with Iowa (AHL) on a conditioning stint (12/1—12/4). Began the season in DAL. Played his 100th career NHL game 12/18 at CHI. Acquired by NYI on 1/10. Scored a goal 3/14 vs. NJ. Recorded 21 PIM vs. NYR (3/29). 

2004-05: Spent the season with Houston (AHL), appearing in 61 games. Recorded 10 points (3g-7a) and 238 PIM. Ranked second on the team in PIM. 2003-04: Played in 32 games for DAL. Collected an assist 12/6 at SJ. Missed 23 games due to injury. Had 18 PIM in fi ve games with Utah (AHL). 

2002-03: Recorded two goals in 16 games with DAL. Scored his first career NHL goal 1/22 vs. CBJ. Played 52 games with Utah, posting 10 points (2g-8a) and 274 PIM. Ranked seventh in the AHL in PIM and tied for eighth in major penalties. 

2001-02: Split the season between DAL (33 games) and Utah (39 games). Named DAL’s rookie of the year by his teammates. Recorded his first career NHL point, an assist, 4/12 vs. CHI. Missed 13 games with a fractured foot (3/10—4/3). Ranked fourth on Utah with 118 PIM. 

2000-01: Spent his fi rst pro season with Utah (IHL). Ranked third in the IHL with 284 PIM. Scored his first professional goal 10/29 at CHI.

Junior Career

Played three seasons of major junior hockey with the London Knights in the OHL, registering 72 points (20g-52a) and 590 PIM in 170 games. 

1999-00: Won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s defenseman of the year. Named to the OHL First All-Star Team. Collected 43 points (12g-31a) with 177 PIM. 

1998-99: Registered 20 points (8g-12a) and 208 PIM in 57 games. Led the team’s defensemen in playoff scoring with 15 points (5g-10a) in 25 games.

NHL Transactions

Selected by DAL in the second round, 39th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft. Traded to the N.Y. Islanders by DAL with a second-round selection in the 2006 Entry Draft (Jesse Joensuu) for Janne Niinimaa and a fifth-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft (Ondrej Roman). Signed by the Capitals as a free agent, Sept. 14, 2006.


Met NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson in Aug. 2011. Enjoys watching Entourage and listening to the Tragically Hip. Favorite sport other than hockey is golf. Favorite tourist attraction in Washington, D.C., is the National Zoo.

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