Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Script Ohio, 50th Anniversary Celebration highlight series
Favorite part of the game of hockey is scoring goals ... one thing he couldn't live without is his watch ... superhero quality he would want is ability to fly ... lucky number is 26 "I just like it" ... best food he can cook is a "mean" chicken recipe passed down from his mom ... says best player he has skated with is James Sheppard and would most like to play with Sidney Crosby ... started playing hockey at age 6, following his older brother into the game ... spent many hours playing on an outdoor rink when he was young ... with a free hour he "relaxes and gets caught up on sports" ... has worked at hockey schools and on a cranberry farm, first job was at a strawberry field ... hometown of Cambridge-Narrows is a rural community of about 300 people, situated on Washademoak Lake ... first New Brunswick native to earn a letter at Ohio State ... greatest risk taken was leaving home when he was 15 ... favorite hockey player is Sidney Crosby because he never stops working and has great offensive skill ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - peanut butter fudge crunch; Holiday - Easter; Buckeye jersey - old school; Board game as a kid - Snakes and Ladders; Movie - 300; Old school and all-time television Show - Seinfeld; Musician - Tom Petty; Professional team - New England Patriots; Sport other than hockey - football ... played with Buckeye junior Cory Schneider at Northwood School ... most important pregame ritual is taping his stick ... first pro spots event he attended was a Boston Bruins game.
Ohio State Career: Enters senior campaign with 88 career points ... voted George Burke Most Valuable Freshman by his teammates in 2007-08 ... team captain in 2008-09, just the third sophomore to wear a "C" for the Buckeyes, joining current assistant coach Steve Brent (1994-95) and John Israel (1973-74) ... one of four alternate captains for the squad in 2009-10.
2009-10 (Junior Season): Team-high 27 assists on the year, ranking second with 33 points while playing in all 39 games ... finished CCHA play first in the league with 22 assists and tied for eighth in scoring with 28 points; in all games ranked 16th in points and sixth (tied) in assists ... two four-point games vs. Ferris State during the year (Nov. 21, Jan. 29) had four points (on five Buckeye goals) vs. Ferris State Jan. 29 and five points and +3 mark in the series to earn CCHA Offensive Player of the Week accolades for the first time in his career; had a goal and three helpers in the win, along with a +2 mark; added an assist in game two; ... career-high four assists and points at Ferris State Nov. 21, first four-assist game for a Buckeye since February 2007; had an assist in the first game vs. the Bulldogs for a five-point weekend; career-high +4 in the opener ... had just one point in the first nine games of the year before notching at least one point in 21 of the final 30 outings, with seven multiple-point nights ... seven-game assist and point streaks (1-10-11) Jan. 9-Feb. 6 ... three assists in series at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 5-6, with two helpers and +1 mark in game one ... three points, on a goal and two assists, vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 7; +3 in the contest ... scored late in each game vs. Western Michigan Nov. 13-14 to secure both 4-2 victories; had an assist in game two for a two-point outing ... two helpers in overtime win at Miami in CCHA quarterfinals, including assist on OT goal ... two-point night, with a goal and an assist, against Michigan Dec. 4 in 5-3 win, added an assist in series finale for three-point weekend; +4 on the weekend with +3 mark in opener ... assist in each game at Michigan State Jan. 22-23 and vs. Notre Dame March 5-6 ... +1 or better in 13 games ... played in 100th game Dec. 4 vs. Michigan.
2008-09 (Sophomore Season): Posted 13 goals, 18 assists and 31 points on the year, tying for third on team in points and goals and third alone in assists ... played in all 42 games ... 10 multiple-point games during the season, with five three-point outings ... two unassisted gamewinning goals ... T16th in CCHA in points and 18th (tied) in goals ... two goals (including the gamewinner) and an assist for three points, along with +2 mark, vs. Bowling Green March 6 ... three points vs. Miami Feb. 28 in Columbus with two goals (including first career shorthanded goal) and an assist, along with career-best +3 mark; +2 in opener at Miami Feb. 27 ... other three-point games each had a goal and two assists - in back-to-back games vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6 and Bentley Dec. 12, as well as at Alaska Jan. 31; +2 vs. the Colonials and Nanooks ... assist vs. Notre Dame Feb. 6; +1 in each game vs. Irish Feb. 6/8 ... four points in series at Bowling Green Jan. 9-10; goal and an assist in opener, along with +2 mark; two helpers in series finale ... forced turnover in Denver zone to score unassisted gamewinning goal in third period of comeback win Oct. 25 vs. No. 2-ranked Pioneers ...two assists in comeback win vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28, +1 vs. the Mavericks ... three points in series sweep of Michigan State Nov. 7-8; had assist in series opener and two-point game in game two with goal and an assist; +1 in each game vs. the Spartans ... goals in season opener vs. Miami Oct. 10 and vs. Lake State Oct. 17, both on the power play; also tallied at Ferris State Jan. 16 ... assist and +1 mark vs. Western Michigan Jan. 23 ... recorded 50th career point vs. Miami Feb. 28 on shorthanded goal.
2007-08 (Freshman Season): Second on team with 24 points, ranking second (tied) with 10 goals and tying for fourth with 14 assists ... played in all 41 games ... first on squad with four game-winning goals, with all four coming in the third period or overtime, and all in come-from-behind wins ... ranked ninth (tied) in CCHA in gwg ... first career two-goal game came vs. Bowling Green Feb. 2 ... also had two scores vs. Northern Michigan Feb. 16, including game-tying power-play goal with four minutes remaining ... scored gamewinner on the power play with 8.9 seconds left at Lake Superior State Jan. 25 ... two-assist game vs. Alaska Jan. 4 and at Miami Feb. 29 ... tallied overtime gamewinner vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 7 on a delayed penalty ... named CCHA Rookie of the Week after Lefty McFadden tournament; scored third-period gamewinner vs. Mercyhurst in first career game Oct. 12 and had assist on John Dingle's game-winning goal vs. Wisconsin in tournament championship game Oct. 13 ... tied for 12th in CCHA among rookie scoring in all games ... three-game assist streak with helper in each game of Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29-30 and two assists vs. Nanooks Jan. 4 ... also scored at Minnesota Oct. 25, on the power play vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 9 and at Northern Michigan March 9 ... four power-play goals ... +2 vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 8 and +1 in 10 games.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent two years at Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., playing for the junior team ... served as team captain in 2006-07, posting 34 goals, 31 assists and 65 points in 41 games ... won Coaches Award and Tim Hyde Award - Athletic Award Graduate in 2007 ... had 61 points in 2005-06, with 28 goals and 33 assists in 49 outings ... played at Gilmour Academy Prep in 2004-05, recording 65 points, including 29 goals and 36 helpers ... won Northwood Tournament in 2006-07 and St. Andrews and Midwest tournaments in 2005-06 ...MVP of 2007 Northwood tourney ... led his team in scoring each of the last three years ... named to All-Star Team for the Bulldog tournament in 2005 and of the Northwood tournament in 2006 ... graduated from Northwood School in May 2007 ... member of league champion soccer team in 2005-06 and also played golf ... coached by Mark Morris and Jeff Matthews at Northwood.
Off the Ice: Son of Mitch and Wendy ... father played collegiate hockey at St. Thomas University ... has older twin siblings Tyler and Ashley, both students at St. Thomas.
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