SPORTS: Washington Capitals

#52 Mike Green - Defense

  • POSITION: Defense
  • HEIGHT: 6'1"
  • WEIGHT: 207
  • BIRTHPLACE: Calgary, Alberta
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 10/12/85
  • AGE: 29

Mike Green BIO:

A two-time member of the NHL First All-Star Team and a two-time Norris Trophy runner-up. Joins Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer and Shea Weber as the only defensemen named to two First All-Star Teams since the 2004-05 work stoppage. With Alex Ovechkin, the only teammates to repeat on the First All-Star Team since Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky (1984-85, ’85-86). Ranks second among NHL defensemen in goals in the last five seasons. One of two active defensemen with a 70-point season (Erik Karlsson).


Recorded seven points despite missing 47 games due to injury. Led the team in ice time on 4/2 vs. TB (25:52). Led the team in ice time on 3/31 vs. MTL (24:24). Collected an assist on 3/19 at DET (fi rst since 10/22 vs. DET). Skated a team-high 23:16 on 2/22 at OTT, most since 10/20 at PHI. Returned to the lineup on 2/18 at TB. Missed 18 games (1/9-2/17) due to injury. Returned to the lineup on 1/3 vs. CGY and skated 15:43. Missed 23 games (11/12-12/31) due to injury. Returned to the lineup on 11/11 at NJ. Sat out six games (10/27-11/8) due to injury. Registered two goals and two assists on 10/22 vs. DET, tying a career high for points in a single game. Led the team in ice time (24:00) on 10/10 vs. TB. Scored the overtime GWG on 10/8 vs. CAR; now ranks 2nd in WSH history in career overtime goals (6). T-7th among WSH players and t-2nd among Capitals defensemen in points during the playoffs. Tied for team lead in goals among blueliners in the postseason. Ranked t-2nd on the team in plus/minus and t-4th in shots (27) during the playoffs. Ranked 3rd on WSH in ice time per game (23:45). Scored a goal in Game 6 of the ECQF vs. BOS. Tallied the GWG in Game 4 of the ECSF vs. NYR.


2010-11: Despite missing 33 games, still finished 3rd on Washington in points amongst defensemen and 2nd in goals. Finished 3rd among defensemen in shots (115). Led the team in time on ice (25:11). Ranked 6th on the team in hits (100). Missed 26 of the last 28 games due to injury. Named an alternate captain in his first NHL All-Star Game and had two assists. Led the team in ice time in 38 of his 49 games, surpassing 30 minutes six times. Registered a six-game point streak (4g-6a) from 10/28-11/11. Had a season-high three points (1g-2a) on 10/30 in a 7-2 win at CGY. Recorded 12 assists and 13 points on the road. Had a five-game point streak (1g-4a) to start the playoffs. T-2nd on the team in playoff assists (5) and led all defensemen in points (6). 

2009-10: Runner-up for the Norris Trophy for the second year in a row. Named to the NHL First-All-Star Team ... One of three fi nalists for the NHL Foundation Award for community service efforts. Became the 13th defenseman (third active) with consecutive 70-point seasons and the seventh to do it before turning 25. Played in 75 games and led NHL defensemen with 76 points, 56 assists, and 19 goals (career highs in points and assists). His point total was the most by Capitals defenseman since 1992-93 (Kevin Hatcher, 79 points, 34g-45a). Second among NHL defensemen (trailing only Jeff Schultz) and third in the league at +39, the 3rd highest plus/minus rating in team history. Led NHL defensemen with 35 power-play points, 25 power-play assists, and 10 PPG. Registered career-high nine-game point streak (10/12—11/1, 2g-9a). Recorded his second ninegame point streak (3g-9a) from 1/2—1/19. 

2008-09: Finished second in the voting for the Norris Trophy and was the top vote-getter among defensemen on the NHL First All-Star Team. 3rd on the team in goals (31) and 4th in points (73) and assists (42). Led all defensemen and ranked 7th in the NHL (minimum 20 GP) with 1.07 points per game. Had the most goals by an NHL defenseman since former Capital Kevin Hatcher had 34 in 1992-93. Point total ranked 4th in Capitals history for a defenseman. Just the seventh defenseman in NHL history to score 30 goals in a season and the first to do it while playing fewer than 70 games. At 23, the youngest defenseman with 30 goals since Paul Coffey in 1983-84. His eight-game goal streak (1/27—2/14) set an NHL record for a defenseman and matched the longest streak in the NHL since 1997-98   (Teemu Selanne, 11 games). Finished 2nd on the team with a +24 rating. Led the team and ranked 7th in the league in ice time (25:45). 4th in the league with 18 PPGs, the Capitals record (and one shy of the NHL record) for PPGs by a defenseman. His 1.07 points per game were the most by a defenseman since 1994-95 (Paul Coffey, 1.29). Voted the league’s top defenseman by a panel of reporters assembled by USA Today. Named to the Sporting News’ All-NHL team by a vote of league coaches and executives. Finished 2nd among all NHL players in February scoring (20 points in 13 GP); named the NHL’s Second Star of the month. 

2007-08: Was one of four Capitals to play in every game. Finished 1st among Caps defensemen, 3rd on the team and 7th among NHL defensemen in scoring. Paced NHL defensemen and ranked 4th on the team with 18 goals. The youngest defenseman (22) to lead the NHL in goals in 25 years, since Paul Coffey. With Alex Ovechkin, part of the first pair of teammates to lead the NHL in overall goals and goals by a defenseman since Mario Lemieux and Coffey in 1988-89. Named a Sporting News First-Team All-Star in a vote of his peers. Finished 7th in the voting for the Norris Trophy. 2nd on the team and 3rd among NHL defensemen with 234 shots. Averaged team-high 23:38 TOI, including leading the team in ice time in 33 of the team’s final 53 games. T-2nd with four GWGs. Established the Caps singleseason record for OT goals (3) and the Caps career record for OT goals by a defenseman (3). Recorded the most points for a Caps defensemen since Sergei Gonchar’s 49 in 2003-04 and the most goals since Gonchar had 18 in 2002-03. Played in his 100th NHL game vs. TB (10/24). Shared the league lead in goals and points by a defenseman in the first round. Led the team and ranked 5th among NHL skaters in fi rst-round ice time (26:58). 

2006-07: T-4th in points among defensemen. Was the lone rookie defenseman on the Eastern Conference NHL YoungStars team. Led all defensemen and t-16th in the AHL in playoff scoring. T-2nd on Hershey in playoff goals and t-3rd in playoff points.

2005-06: Made his NHL debut on his 20th birthday, 10/12 at CAR. Recorded his first career goal, Washington’s first of the game, in a 4-1 win vs. TOR (2/3). Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team for his efforts in Hershey, the first Capitals prospect ever to earn that honor. Led AHL rookie defensemen and ranked 11th among all AHL defensemen with 43 points (9g-34a) in 56 games. Finished 7th on Hershey in scoring. Was named the CCM Vector AHL Player of the Week for the week ending 4/16. Played all 21 games in Hershey’s run to the Calder Cup. Recorded 18 points in the playoffs (3g-15a), which ranked 11th among AHL players, 2nd among rookies and 2nd among defensemen. Led Hershey defensemen in playoff scoring and was 4th on the team.

International Career

2008: Represented Canada in the 2008 World Championship and led the tournament in scoring by a defenseman with 12 points (4g-8a). Helped guide Canada to a secondplace finish. Was named to the all-tournament team.

Junior Career

Had 172 points (37g-135a) in his 267-game WHL career. 2004-05: Led all defensemen and finished t-19th in the league in scoring with 66 points (14g-52a). Made the WHL East First All-Star Team. His 52 assists were t-3rd in the league and his plus/minus rating of +36 was t-4th in the league.

NHL Transactions

Selected by Washington in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.


Launched Green’s Gang in 2008, in which he purchases seven season tickets to Capitals home games and donates them to area youth through Most Valuable Kids. Worked with DC101 morning show host Elliot Segal of Elliot in the Morning to create So Kids Can in 2008, a charity that has raised more than $200,000 in its first four years. Brought Powell Elementary students to play street hockey with him at The White House in March, 2011, for the launch of the NHL’s partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign.

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