Date of Birth:  June 12, 1977
 Place of Birth: Lloydminster, SK
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'2''
 Weight: 208 lbs

Despite missing 10 games due to a knee injury early in the 2005-06 season, Team Canada's braintrust did not have any difficulty deciding on whether or not to select Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden to the Olympic roster for 2006. After all, in first eight NHL seasons, the durable blueliner has missed just 27 games, an astonishing total considering the physical nature of playing defense.

It was clear from the early going that Redden was a special player. As a 16-year-old with Brandon in the WHL, his 39 points (4-35-39) earned him the league's Rookie of the Year honours. Two years later he would be celebrating as one of the elder statesmen on a Memorial Cup-winning team. Making the memory even more special, he also made the Memorial Cup All-Star team.

The impressive play of the Saskatchewan-native in junior was enough to convince the New York Islanders to take him second-overall in the 1995 NHL draft. However, his future on Long Island was short-lived as New York opted to flip him to the Ottawa Senators, along with goaltender Damian Rhodes, for the top pick in that draft: American-born defenseman Bryan Berard. Don Beaupre and Martin Straka were also packaged to the Islanders in the deal.

Since his first shift in Ottawa, Redden has been considered a responsible defender who skates well and can make nifty passes. He's not an overly physical player, but considering he's been a two-time NHL All-Star, it's unlikely either the Senators or Team Canada will be asking him to change his game much.

As a member of Canada's gold medal World Cup of Hockey team in 2004 where he played in two games, Redden should not be too surprised by the spectacle of the world stage. One group you can definitely count on to be cheering loudly for Redden are his young fans at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ottawa, whose young patients have been enjoying Senators' games from the comfort of Redden's luxury suite at the Corel Centre for many years.

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