December 18, 1979 |
Houghton, MI, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Colorado Avalanche
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||240th overall, 1999
Finger was drafted 240th overall (8th round) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. While playing junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) he was selected the league's Defenceman of the Year for the 1999–2000 season. In the 2000–2001 season he was named St.Cloud's (WCHA) Outstanding Freshman Hockey Player. Finger resides in Calumet, Michigan during the summer and spends much of his time working out and fishing the streams near Lake Superior.
Finger played in the final 22 games of the 2006–07 season with the Avalanche. He made his NHL debut on February 20, 2007 against the Calgary Flames and recorded his first NHL point when he assisted on a Paul Stastny goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 27. On March 1 he scored his first NHL goal against Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks in a 6-1 rout. Finger finished the season with one goal and four assists with 11 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus that tied for second on the team, trailing only team leader Ken Klee with a +18.
On May 23, 2007, the Avalanche re-signed Finger to a one-year contract for the 2007–08 season. In his first full season with the Avalanche, Finger emerged as a serviceable defenseman and played in a career-high 72 games, scoring 8 goals.
On July 1, 2008, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Finger to a four-year deal worth $3.5 million per season. After two seasons with the Maple Leafs and failing to match performance with his contractual worth, Finger was placed on waivers on October 12, 2010 and was sent down to the Leafs AHL affiliate, the following day.
|1997–98||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||51||5||9||14||208||4||0||0||0||18|
|1998–99||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||55||11||28||39||199||6||0||3||3||14|
|1999–00||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||55||13||35||48||154||14||3||11||14||40|
|2000–01||St. Cloud State||WCHA||41||4||5||9||84||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||St. Cloud State||WCHA||42||6||20||26||105||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Cloud State||WCHA||24||5||8||13||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||70||3||20||23||116||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Albany River Rats||AHL||44||3||10||13||65||5||1||1||2||4|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||66||6||17||23||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||39||2||8||10||20||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|First All-Star Team||2000|
- "Progaurd USHL Defensman of the Year". USHL. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- "Avalanche 6, Blackhawks 1". CBS Sports. 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- "Finger proving he belongs". Rocky Mountain News. 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2008-11-10.[dead link]
- "Avalanche re-sign Leopold, 3 others". CBC. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Maple Leafs sign Hagman, Finger and Joseph". TSN. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Les Leafs placent Jeff Finger au ballotage". Cyberpresse. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-13.