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.
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.
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 was said to be off the ice for four-to-six weeks, On January 5, 2012, it was announced that Phaneuf would compete in his third All-Star Game, having finished second amongst all defencemen on the fan ballot, gaining 614,933 votes, behind the Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson.