While he earned a James Norris Memorial Trophy nomination for his defensive play in 2008, he struggled enough during the 2008–09 season that some observers began to question his defensive commitment.
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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.
his struggles in the 2008–09 season placed his candidacy in doubt.
His mother, a former figure skater who competed for Prince Edward Island at the 1975 Canada Winter Games, taught him to skate.
Phaneuf made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, against the Minnesota Wild.
Five nights later, he scored his first career goal, assist and points against the Colorado Avalanche.
He was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November after leading all rookie defencemen with nine points and two game-winning goals.
In junior hockey, Phaneuf was known not only for his physical presence, but also his calm demeanour and offensive ability.