First player to grow up playing hockey in Atlanta to play for a NCAA Division I hockey team ... invited to participate in the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) Prospects Camp in 2002, '03 and '04 ... hockey superstitions include tapping his posts the same way throughout the game ... hometown of Roswell, Ga., with a population of 82,000, is 20 minutes north of Atlanta ... Favorites: Book - It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong; Music - anything country, especially Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Big and Rich, The Clarks and Our Lady Peace; Movies - Wedding Crashers, Dodgeball, Old School, Zoolander and Happy Gilmore; Television Show - CMT's Top Twenty Countdown; Actress - Rachel McAdams; Actor - Will Ferrell; Teams - Atlanta Thrashers; Athlete - Tiger Woods; Sportscaster - Barry Melrose; Food - mom's turkey, mashed potatoes and creamed corn; Television Channel - CMT; Website - CMT.com; Colors - Scarlet and Gray; Quote - "Use the word impossible with the greatest caution." ... considers himself "one of the best car/shower singers around" ... says his skating ability is the greatest strength of his game ... would like to play baseball at Ohio State if he wasn't playing hockey ... dream date is Rachel McAdams.
Ohio State Career 2005
All-CCHA Honorable Mention ... named to Inside College Hockey All-CCHA team and the All-USCHO.com honorable mention team in 2005 ... named to 2004 CCHA Super Six All-Tournament Team ... voted 2005 Bobby Brown Most Valuable Player ... received OSU's Players' Award in 2004 ... set program record for single-season wins in 2005 (25) and owns two lowest single-season goals-against averages (1.97 in 2004 and 2.14 in 2005) ... leads OSU goalies in career goals-against average (2.03) ... 39 career victories rank eighth all-time ... career winning percentage of 73.2 percent ... six career shutouts ... three time CCHA Player of the Week and two-time honorable mention league player of the month.
2004-05 (Junior Season)
Started 38-of-42 games (including the last 24), posting a 2.14 goals-against average and a 25-9-4 record ... ranked 13th in the nation in gaa and was third in wins ... honorable mention All-CCHA selection ... named to INCH's All-CCHA team and All-USCHO.com honorable mention team ... set OSU program record with 25 wins, breaking the mark of 22 set twice before ... has allowed two or less goals 20 times this season, including in six of the last eight games ... second in the CCHA and 13th in the nation with 2.11 goals-against average ... 25-8-4 record is ninth in the nation in winning percentage (.730) and ranks third in the nation in total wins ... ended CCHA play second with 2.14 goals-against average, 20-5-2 record and two shutouts ... stopped 34 shots vs. Michigan in CCHA championship game vs. Michigan (March 19), the second-highest total of his career ... two-time CCHA Goalie of the Week ... earned CCHA Goalie of the Week honors and USCHO.com honorable mention player of the week accolades after stopping 57-of-60 (95 percent) shots vs. Western Michigan Jan. 28-29, including 28 in a shutout in game two ... the shutout was the sixth of his career and his second of the year ... also added career-best two assists in the 7-0 win over the Broncos ... earned Ohio Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team honors after allowing just three goals in the two games combined (1 vs. MSU/2 vs. CC) ... CCHA Player of the Month Special Mention selection for December and February ... named CCHA Goaltender of the Week after stopping 58-of-61 shots (.951) in sweep of Alaska Fairbanks, including career-best 37 vs. the Nanooks Dec. 4 ... victory over Sacred Heart Nov. 6 marked 20th career win ... posted then-career-high 33 saves in Oct. 21 win over Miami ... recorded fifth career shutout after making 24 saves against Northern Michigan Nov. 13 ... allowed just one goal 11 times ... posted an assist in Dec. 29 game against Minnesota State, the second helper of his career ... had five two-minute minors on the season.
2003-04 (Sophomore Season)
Backstopped Buckeyes to the CCHA Super Six championship, going 3-0-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in the tourney ... came in against Notre Dame in the quarterfinals and played the final 39:07, stopping all 15 shots he faced as OSU won in overtime ... made 18 saves in 4-3 overtime win over Miami before a 26-save performance in the win over Michigan in the championship game ... 9-3-0 overall on the year, with a 1.97 goals-against average and .924 save percentage ... started 11 games, while appearing in 14 ... career-best six-game winning streak stopped at WMU Feb. 20 ... allowed just one goal Feb. 13 vs. UNO ... played the second game at Ferris State, stopping all 26 Bulldog shots to lead OSU to a 6-0 shutout ... stopped all 14 shots in shutout of Quinnipiac Jan. 6 ... made career-best 32 saves, allowing just one goal, in road win over Colgate Nov. 21 ... came in for the last 33:07 at Michigan Jan. 10, making 10 saves on 12 shots ... played the last period against Michigan State Jan. 24, stopping all seven shots he faced ... Buckeye Power Club Award winner.
2002-03 (Freshman Season)
Started eight contests in his first season playing with the squad, going 5-2-0 ... posted a goals-against average of 1.56 and a .938 save percentage, along with two shutouts ... allowed more than two goals in a game just once ... had back-to-back shutouts against Cornell (Dec. 29) and Findlay (Jan. 7) ... shutout streak was ended at 141:38, when BGSU scored in the second period of the Jan. 17 game ... stopped all 15 shots against Findlay, including 11 saves in the third period ... made 24 saves, including 11 in the first period, against then-No. 3 Cornell for first career shutout Dec. 29 in the Everblades College Classic ... earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors for that performance ... recorded first collegiate start and win Nov. 3 against Colgate; made 24 saves in the game ... started the second game at Lake Superior State, posting 23 saves for the victory ... also started the second game at Ferris State, recording 29 saves and allowing just two goals in a 2-1 overtime loss ... started the last game vs. UAF, allowing three goals through the first two periods ... Special Mention CCHA All-Academic selection.
2001-02 (Redshirt Season)
Came to Ohio State in January 2002 at the start of winter quarter ... redshirted the season.
Prior to Ohio State
Spent two seasons with the Boston Bulldogs, an independent team ... posted a goals-against average of 1.16 and a save percentage of .927 in 36 games in 1999-00 ... named Hockey Night in Boston Junior Goalie of the Year in 2000-01 ... named to the all-tournament team of the International Pre-Draft Showcase ... played in the Hockey Night in Boston All-Scholastic Showcase all-star tournament ... coached by Mike Addesa, who won a NCAA national championship with Rensselaer in 1985 ... graduated from Roswell High School in 2000 ... served as senior class vice president and played defense for the ice and roller hockey teams.
Off the Ice
Born June 18, 1982 in Long Island, N.Y. ... son of Dave and Linda Caruso ... has two sisters, Jenni (21), a student at West Georgia University, and Nicki (15), and a brother, Chris (13) ... hobbies include listening to country music, playing roller hockey and text messaging ... helped coach a 12 and under roller hockey team to a national championship ... uncle Lou Schwing was a goalie at Connecticut College in the 1980s ... career goals include playing in the NHL, singing on stage with Kenny Chesney and then working for a record company in Nashville.
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