Favorite hockey player is Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars ... describes himself as "a big forward that will grind it out and do the little things it takes to win games" ... came to Ohio Sate because of the school, the atmosphere and the hockey program ... began playing hockey at age 4 ... Favorites: Music - rock and country, especially Linkin Park and Kenny Chesney; Movie - Tommy Boy; Television Show - Friends; Actress - Julia Roberts; Actor - Jack Nicholson; Team - Green Bay Packers; Television Channel - ESPN; Sportscaster - Joe Buck; Athlete - Kirby Puckett because "I looked up to him so much as a youngster and he led the Twins to championships in 1987 and `91"; Meal - steak, potatoes and salad; OSU Sports Team - football ... first Buckeye letterwinner to hail from Iowa ... favorite childhood memory is growing up on the farm ... favorite part of campus is "The Horseshoe" ... says most interesting place he has visited is Washington, D.C. ... would like to play baseball at Ohio State if he wasn't on the hockey squad ... three people he would like to have dinner with are Wayne Gretzky, Kirby Puckett and great-great grandfather who came to the United States from Sweden.
Ohio State Career 2004 team Most Improved Player ... three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2005-06 (Junior Season) Played in 38-of-39 games ... posted two goals, seven assists and nine points ... seventh on the team with a +7 rating and had just seven minus ratings on the year ... had two points (1-1) and +2 mark vs. Union Dec. 11 to tie career highs for points and plus/minus ... other goal came vs. Lake Superior State Feb. 19 ... set up Sam Campbell's goal vs. Wisconsin Feb. 11 at Lambeau Field and was +1 vs. the Badgers ... +2 in each game at Michigan Feb. 3-4 to tie career best ... had an assist and +2 mark vs. Alaska Jan. 20 and Western Michigan Oct. 29 ... also had helpers against Bowling Green Oct. 20, Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 3 and BGSU Jan. 6 ... played both forward and defense during the season ... healthy scratch vs. the Falcons Jan. 7 ... season-high five shots vs. Ferris State Feb. 18 ... career-high 17 penalty minutes at Miami Nov. 4 ... fourth on the squad with 62 penalty minutes and had 16 penalties ... blocked team-best four shots vs. the Nanooks Jan. 20 and ended the year with 20 recorded blocked shots ... Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.
2004-05 (Sophomore Season) Played in 34 games, with career-best eight goals, 10 assists and 18 points ... tied for second on the team with three gamewinning goals ... had an assist in three of last four games ... +5 in last four games combined, with +2 rating vs. Michigan State March 18 ... had an assist vs. Cornell in the NCAA tournament March 26 ... assisted on Jason DeSantis' third-period goal vs. Michigan State in the CCHA Super Six championship game March 19 ... assisted on John Dingle's overtime gamewinner vs. Ferris State March 13 in game three of the CCHA tournament first-round series ... scored ppg Feb. 11 vs. BGSU ... posted overtime gamewinner at Lake State Feb. 5; had an assist in opener Feb. 4 for two-point weekend ... first career shorthanded goal came vs. Ferris State Jan. 8 ... posted an assist in each game vs. Michigan Jan. 21-22 ... scored on the power play Jan. 14 at Notre Dame and had the gamewinner Jan. 15 vs. the Irish ... scored an unassisted goal in win over Minnesota State ... injured vs. St. Cloud State in the second game of the year and was forced to miss the series vs. Ferris State and Miami ... scored first goal of the season Oct. 30 at Western Michigan ... had gamewinner on the power play vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 13; added an assist vs. the Wildcats in game two for two-point weekend ... recorded an assist at Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 20 with 58 family members and friends cheering him on ... set up a power-play goal vs. Alaska Fairbanks Dec. 3 ... career-best six shots Dec. 30 vs. Colorado College ... 11 games with +1 or better rating and had just seven minus ratings on the year ... part of the Buckeye penalty-killing unit ... OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten.
2003-04 (Freshman Season) Played in 30 games, with five goals and six assists ... 10 of 11 points came after the mid-season break ... scored a goal in four of his last 11 games (at FSU Feb. 7, vs. UNO Feb. 14, at WMU Feb. 21, vs. BGSU March 12) ... recorded gamewinner vs. Falcons March 12 in the playoffs ... three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) stopped in second home game vs. Michigan State (Jan. 24) ... first career goal and multiple-point game (1-1) came vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 16; added an assist Jan. 17 for team-high tying three-point weekend ... first collegiate action came in the Notre Dame game Oct. 11; played on the blueline vs. the Irish ... played both forward and defense during the season ... recorded first career point with an assist on a Rod Pelley goal Dec. 5 vs. Miami ... had a helper and was +2 in the overtime loss to Cornell Dec. 28 in the Everblades tournament ... even or better in all but four games with six +1 and one +2 rating ... suspended by the CCHA for the March 5 Miami game because of an incident at Western Michigan Feb. 21 ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in January.
Prior to Ohio State Played in 64 games as a member of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League ... recorded 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points, as well as 60 penalty minutes ... also played baseball ... graduated from Waterloo East High School in 2000 ... named tournament MVP and earned all-state honors.
Off the Ice Son of Rick, a farmer, and Teresa, a registered nurse ... has two sisters, Jessica (25), a registered nurse, and Chelsea (16) ... has a dog, Emmy ... born March 5, 1982 ... hobbies include golf and weight lifting ... majoring in finance ... nickname is B-rice.
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