#3 Shayne Taker
Earned his third monogram on the Notre Dame blue line during the 2012-13 season … last name pronounced Tacker … one of three senior defensemen that will anchor the Notre Dame defense … continues to improve all aspects of his game … has added weight and strength to his 6-4 frame through hard work this past summer in the Irish strength and conditioning program … strong skating defenseman who handles the puck well … exhibited more and more confidence in his overall game as a junior … will look to become a factor in every game this season … needs to use his strength and size to his advantage in the corners and in front of his goaltender … smart player with good hockey instincts … knows how to use his size and reach to break up opposing offensive rushes … had a good year offensively as a junior and will look to build on that in his final season … played in 41 games with one goal and 12 assists for 13 points to rank fourth in scoring among Irish blue liners … had one power-play goal and was +4 for the season … has played in 112 career games with four goals and 25 assists, good for 29 points … late-blooming player who joined the Irish after two seasons with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) … one of four Irish players to play in the BCHL, joining sophomores Steven Fogarty (Penticton) and Mario Lucia (Penticton) and incoming freshman goaltender Chad Katunar (Penticton) … one of two Canadians on the Notre Dame roster along with Katunar (Victoria, B.C.) … is the fifth native of British Columbia to play at Notre Dame, joining Matt Amado `06 (Surrey), Tom Arkell `92 (Vernon), Tyson Fraser `00 (Surrey) and Katunar (Victoria) … signed with the Irish in the late-signing period (April `10) along with goaltenders Joe Rogers and Steven Summerhays and forward Mike Voran.
AS A JUNIOR: Regular on the Irish defense who played in all 41 games … had career highs with 12 assists and 13 points … lone goal came on the power play … was +4 on the season and had 10 penalties for 20 minutes … recorded two games with two or more points … picked up two assists in the first 14 games of the season before assisting on a career-high three goals in the 6-1 win over Lake Superior State (Dec. 1) … scored his only goal of the season (ppg) with an assist for two-point night in 4-1 win at Bowling Green (Dec. 15) … selected CCHA Gladiator defenseman of the week for his play in the win over Bowling Green … picked up one assist in each game of the Irish sweep of Michigan (Feb. 8-9) … equaled a career-best three-game point streak (0g, 3a) between Feb. 8-Feb. 15 … played in all five postseason games with no points.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 40 games for the Irish in 2011-12 … scored two goals and added five assists for seven points … had just two penalties for four minutes … was -6 for the season … went without a point in the first 11 games of the season before scoring both his goals in back-to-back games … broke a 40-game goal-less drought with a goal at 9:59 of the second period versus Western Michigan (Nov. 15) … goal tied the game at 1-1 in a 3-2 Irish win … was his first goal since scoring in his first career game (Oct. 10, 2010) … followed up with a beautiful goal that gave Notre Dame a 2-1 lead in the second period of 3-2 overtime win against Boston College in ‘Dedication Game’ for the Compton Family Ice Arena … recorded assists versus Lake Superior (Nov. 25), Ferris State (Dec. 10), at Alaska (Jan. 28), versus Bowling Green (Feb. 4) and against Michigan State (Feb. 24) … played in four postseason games but did not have any points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 31 games for the Irish as a rookie, scoring a goal with eight assists for nine points … had two penalties for four minutes and was +9 for the season … got his collegiate career off to a fast start with a three-game point streak (1g-2a) … picked up the first point of his career with an assist in season-opening win over Holy Cross in the Warrior Ice Breaker Classic … scored his first career goal in the championship game, a 5-4 loss to Boston University (Oct. 10) … ran the streak to three straight with an assist in a 4-2 win over Lake Superior (Oct. 14) … picked up six assists the remainder of the season … had back-to-back assists in win and loss at Miami (Dec. 3-4) … also had back-to-back assist games in the CCHA second-round playoff series against Lake Superior with helpers in games two and three … saw action in eight postseason games with two assists for two points.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Sullivan Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia … played two seasons of junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Cowichan Valley Capitals … finished fourth in scoring during the `09-[apos]10 season with six goals and 31 assists for 37 points in 59 games … added three power-play goals and 44 penalty minutes as the Capitals finished seventh in the Mainland Division of the BCHL with a 25-32-3 record … Cowichan Valley lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Powell River, four games to one … played in the 2010 BCHL all-star game … played half a season in `08-[apos]09 with Cowichan Valley, seeing action in 25 games, getting one goal with six assists for seven points and six penalty minutes … played junior B hockey for the Richmond Sockeyes in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League (PIJHL) in `07-[apos]08 … played in 47 games with 8 goals and 22 assists for 30 points … full name is Shayne Samuel Taker … son of Sam and Denise Taker … has one sister, Bria … born in Vancouver, British Columbia … majoring in psychology in Notre Dame[apos]s College of Arts and Letters.
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