Describes himself as "a quick, physical player who goes to the net and is heads-up" ... Favorites: Book - The Bourne Identity; Music - rock, rap and country; Movie - Legends of the Fall; Video Game - Halo 2; Television Show - Lost; Actor - Brad Pitt; Actress - Charlize Theron; Professional Sports Team - Calgary Flames; Professional Athlete - Dany Heatley; Meal - steak and shrimp; Television Channel - Fox; Sportscaster - Ron McLean; Ohio State Sports Team - field hockey; Music - rap; Band - Shorthanded ... enjoys the outdoors and camping ... favorite childhood memory is playing hockey on the ponds with his father and grandfather ... would like to have dinner with Wayne Gretzky, Wendel Clark and his maternal grandfather ... greatest risk he ever took was jumping from an 80-foot cliff into the Georgian Bay ... says the best thing about college hockey is bringing thousands of people to their feet just by turning on the goal light ... would like to play tennis at Ohio State if not on the hockey squad.
Ohio State Career Won team's Most Improved Player award in 2006 ... 2004 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2005-06 (Junior Season) Played in career-high 38 games ... posted personal-best six goals, eight assists and 14 points ... voted Most Improved Player by his teammates after the season ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Player of the Month for March ... led the Buckeyes and tied for first in the CCHA with career-high three shorthanded goals ... three shorthanded goals tied for 10th in program history for a single season ... second on team with +15 mark, with just four minus ratings on the year ... scored gamewinner shorthanded in the third period at Michigan Feb. 3 and was a career-high tying +3; had an assist and +1 mark in game two vs. the Wolverines Feb. 4 ... tied career best with two points, on a shorthanded goal and an assist, vs. Union Dec. 11 ... other shg came at Miami Feb. 14 ... scored power-play goal in CCHA playoff game vs. Ferris State March 4 ... scored first goal of season and added an assist Nov. 18 vs. Lake Superior State for career-best two points and personal-best +3 rating ... had 1-2-3 totals and +5 rating in two-game series sweep of Lakers Nov. 18-19 ... +1 or better mark in 14 games ... scored vs. Holy Cross in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29 ... other assists came vs. Ferris State Feb. 17, Bowling Green Jan. 6, Nov. 19 vs. Lake Superior State, at Notre Dame Nov. 25 and at Miami Nov. 4 ... key part of the penalty-killing unit.
2004-05 (Sophomore Season) Played in the last 25 games after missing the first 17 with a leg injury ... scored a goal and added six assists for seven points ... posted an assist on Andrew Schembri's power-play goal vs. Michigan State at the CCHA Super Six March 18 ... set up Mathieu Beaudoin's shorthanded goal in the 5-4 OT win vs. Ferris State March 13 in the CCHA tournament first round and was +2 in the game ... +1 or better in four of last nine games ... recorded an assist vs. Western Michigan Jan. 29 and posted a helper vs. Michigan Jan. 21 ... scored gamewinner vs. Ferris State Jan. 7 ... had assist at Notre Dame Jan. 14 ... assisted on the first goal against Colorado College Dec. 30 ... career-best five shots vs. the Broncos Jan. 29 ... +6 on the year and had just three minus ratings ... broke bone in left leg during the preseason and returned to action at Clarkson Dec. 11.
2003-04 (Freshman Season) Played in 32 games, recording a goal and two assists for three points ... posted an assist at Miami March 5 and was +1 in the game ... scored first career goal vs. Cornell Dec. 28 on the power play ... recorded first career point with an assist on Lee Spector's goal vs. Michigan Nov. 15 ... missed the second game at UM with an injury ... even or better in 26-of-32 outings ... nine penalties on the year, including a 10-minute misconduct at WMU Feb. 21.
Prior to Ohio State Spent two seasons with the Sarina Blast under head coach Len Press ... played in 64 games in 2002-03, recording 38 goals and 35 assists and 105 penalty minutes ... assistant captain and a member of the all-star team ... during the 2001-02 season, posted 40 goals and 35 assists in 85 games, as well as 110 PIM ... the squad captured the Western Junior B and Sutherland Cup championships in 2002 ... graduated from St. Christopher High School in 2003.
Off the Ice Son of Tom and Cindy Bernard ... has a sister, Nicole (24), who attends Ottawa University ... also has a brother, Travis (23), who attends Lambton College ... born March 18, 1985 ... enjoys camping and fishing ... nickname is Chester ... family resource management major.
Buckeye Bye Week Update, Part 2
Buckeye Hockey Update – Jan. 15