Participated in Boston Bruins' prospect camp in Summer 2012 ... attracted to Ohio State because of the winning tradition and competitiveness ... started playing hockey at 5 years old because of his dad and became a fan of the sport when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in Colorado shortly after the franchise moved to Denver ... favorite players are Peter Forsberg and Rick Nash; grew up watching Forsberg play for the Avalanche (and control the game every time he was on the ice); admires both players for the way they use their big frames and make finesse plays ... has worked in landscaping over the summer ... Pick one: Television show - Entourage; Movie - Wedding Crashers, Celebrity - Will Ferrell; Homecooked meal - chicken enchiladas; Vacation spot - Mexico, the mountains or relaxing on the couch; Snackfood - applesauce and peanut butter and jelly; Ice cream flavor - cookie dough; Book - Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton; Music - Dave Matthews Band; Professional Team - Colorado Avalanche; Sport other than hockey - baseball.
Ohio State Career: 2011-12 (Freshman Season): Played in 32 games, including all but one of the last 33 ... fifth on the team with 15 points, scoring seven goals and adding eight assists ... three gamewinning goals, ranking first on team and tied for 10th in the CCHA ... t-15th in rookie scoring overall in CCHA and t-10th in CCHA games only (12 pts) ... four-game point streak (3-1-4) Oct. 21-Nov. 4 ... three points, with a goal and two assists, in series vs. Ferris State Jan. 20-21; PPG and assist in opener for second career two-point game and helper in game two ... scored both goals Nov. 18 in team's 2-1 win at Michigan for first career multiple-point game; second goal came in the third period and broke 1-all tie; assist in game two vs. the Wolverines Nov. 19 as Buckeyes posted road sweep; +1 in each game at Michigan ... gamewinning goal and +1 Nov. 4 at Alabama-Huntsville ... two points in series vs. Alaska Oct. 27-18; assist and +1 in opener and PPG in game two ... first collegiate goal was third-period GWG at Michigan State Oct. 21 ... assist in season opener vs. Quinnipiac for first collegiate point ... assist in win at Western Michigan Feb. 10 ... helper and +1 vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 12 ... goal vs. Miami Dec. 9 ... assist at Bowling Green Jan. 7 ... CCHA Rookie of the Month Special Mention for December.
Prior to Ohio State: Played two years in the USHL ... began 2010-11 with the Chicago Steel and had five points (3g, 2a) in six games before being traded to Tri-City ... skated in 55 games for the Storm and had eight goals, 14 assists and 22 points ... split time in 2009-10 with Sioux City and Chicago ... started year with the Musketeers and had 15 points, with nine goals and 6 assists, in 36 games ... played in 20 games for the Steel and posted 10 points, including six goals ... graduated from Green Mountain High School in 2009 ... also played baseball and was an all-conference honoree.
Off the Ice:Son of Art and Lindy ... has two older siblings, Ashley, a graduate of Northern Colorado, and Jordan ... Jordan, who played collegiately at Santa Clara, played professional soccer for Boston in the WPS and has spent time with the U-23 and U-20 national teams, along with participating in the U.S. Women's National Team Camp in December 2010 ... enjoys watching movies.
First Goal - Oct. 21, 2011 at Michigan State
First Assist - Oct. 7, 2011 vs. Quinnipiac
Goals - 2 (11/18/11 at Michigan)
Assists - 1 (8x; last 2/11/12 at Western Michigan)
Points - 2 (2x; 1/20/12 at Ferris State; 11/18/11 at Michigan)
PIM - 4 (2x; 1/21/12 at Ferris State, 10/27/11 vs. Alaska)
Shots - 4 (2x; 2/12/12 at Western Michigan, 11/12/11 vs. Northern Michigan)
Plus/Minus - +1 (8x, last 1/28/12 at Lake Superior State)
Point Streak - 4 games (10/21/11-11/4/11, 3-1-4)