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.
Two years later, he was a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as top defenceman, though he did not win either award.
Since going pro, Phaneuf has been involved in two blockbuster trades.
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.
" data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/sgro.jpeg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/sgro.jpeg? quality=70&strip=all&w=1024" /FILE – In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015, file photo, Amazon’s Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud, is shown, in New York.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.He was drafted ninth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary and made his NHL debut in 2005 after a four-year junior career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL), in which he was twice named the Defenceman of the Year.He set a Flames record for most goals by a first-year defenceman and was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie in 2005–06.
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His mother, a former figure skater who competed for Prince Edward Island at the 1975 Canada Winter Games, taught him to skate.