Junior forward calls Orland Park, Ill., home
Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Buckeyes and Gophers close Ohio State home slate
Jardine scores first goal, Niddery post two assists, Tomkins makes 34 saves
B1G games set for Friday in Ann Arbor, Sunday in Columbus
Ohio State 2, No. 1 Minnesota 2, OSU wins shootout
Inaugural Big Ten Hockey Game in Columbus
Sister Kara was a defenseman on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, finishing her career in 2014-15 ... began playing hockey at the age of 4 because a neighborhood friend got him into the game ... attracted to Ohio State because of the sports facilities and campus ... loves to play golf away from hockey ... hidden talent is ping pong ... favorite player growing up was Mike Modano because he was a leader and played big in important games ... Pick One: Movie - Olympus has Fallen; Television Show - Breaking Bad; Musician - Luke Bryan; Professional Team - Chicago Blackhawks; Athlete - Patrick Kane; Homecooked meal - Chicken and dumplings; Celebrity - Bradley Cooper; Snack food - Goldfish; Ice cream flavor - Oreo; Sport other than hockey - golf; Vacation spot - Paw Paw Lake in Michigan; Rink - Arctic Ice in Orland Park; Place hockey has taken you - Canada.
Ohio State Career: Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in both 2014 and 2015 and an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015.
2014-15 (Sophomore Season): Played in 25 games ... three goals, five assists and eight points ... two-point game, with a goal and an assist, against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals March 19; +2 in the game ... scored third period game-tying goal at Canisius Oct. 31 ... goal Jan. 23 at Michigan State ... assist and +1 Feb. 20 vs. Michigan ... helper at Wisconsin March 13, +1 in each game vs. the Badgers March 13-14 ... assists Feb. 20 vs. Michigan, Jan. 2 at Mercyhurst and Nov. 21 vs. Michigan State ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2013-14 (Freshman Season): Played in 26-of-37 games ... six goals and four assists for 10 points ... goal and a +1 mark March 2 vs. Wisconsin ... scored a shorthanded goal at Wisconsin Jan. 25 ... assist and +1 rating Jan. 18 at Minnesota ... three points in series vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29; goal in game one and goal and assist for two points in game two; +1 in each contest ... scored against Michigan Dec. 2 ... helper and +1 rating vs. Canisius Nov. 16 ... two points, with a goal and an assist, vs. Bowling Green Oct. 29 for first collegiate points; +2 in the game ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for the Fargo Force in the USHL for two seasons ... fourth on the team in scoring, skating in 64 games with 21 goals and 28 assists for 49 points , in 2012-13 ... played in 43 regular season games during the 2011-12 season with Fargo, tallying 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points ... 15 points in 13 games during the 2013 USHL Playoffs, ranking second in playoff scoring in the USHL ... team advanced to the Clark Cup final in 2013 ... spent two seasons with the Chicago Fury AAA U18 team ... graduated from Marist High School in 2012.
Off the Ice: Son of Dave and Kelly ... three older sisters: Dana, Jena and Kara ... Jena attends Chicago Kent Law School ... majoring in consumer and family financial services.