Dion Phaneuf (born April 10, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He has previously played for the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Phaneuf played a shortened 2015–16 season due to an "oblique injury and soreness in his right foot" after blocking a shot during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 12, ending the season with 20 games played with the Senators, amassing one goal and eight points.
The Maple Leafs, struggling once again, decided to start a rebuild in early 2015.
Thus Phaneuf, a veteran defenceman with a lengthy contract, began being shopped around.
On November 2, 2010, in a game against the Ottawa Senators, Phaneuf sustained an injury in the leg by having it cut open with a skate from Peter Regin while crashing into the boards.
He was carried off the ice immediately and had surgery done the same night.
The first came in late 2009, when he was involved in a seven-player trade that saw him move from Calgary to Toronto.
Six years later, Phaneuf was the centrepiece of a 9-player deal that saw him sent from Toronto to Ottawa. He has represented Team Canada internationally five times in his career, winning a silver medal and a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 20, respectively, as well as a gold medal at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
Phaneuf is active in the community; the Flames honoured Phaneuf for his role as an ambassador to the Alberta Children's Hospital, where he participated in events that help sick and injured children during his time in Calgary.
Phaneuf was a common sight at Toronto events, often appearing at fundraisers, promotional activities or visiting patients at Sick Kids Hospital. Paul Phaneuf maintained a backyard rink each winter on which the young Phaneuf practiced.
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