Describes himself as "a good skater and an offensive defenseman who makes smart decisions" ... Favorites: Music - rap and country; Singer - Eminem; Movie - Wedding Crashers; Television Show - The O.C.; Actress - Jessica Simpson; Actor - Will Ferrell; Team - Detroit Red Wings; Athlete - Tiger Woods; Meal - steak; TV Channel - MTV; Sportscaster - Barry Melrose ... favorite hockey player is Nicklas Lidstrom because he's "exciting to watch and is an amazing all-around defenseman" ... started playing hockey at age 5 ... played with Buckeye classmate Tom Fritsche in the NTDP.
Ohio State Career A two-time Ohio-State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
2005-06 (Sophomore Season) Played in 21 games, posting six points on two goals and four assists ... played in the first nine games of the season before missing the next 15 because of an injury suffered against Michigan State Nov. 15; returned to lineup at Alaska Jan. 20 ... +2 in first game back vs. the Nanooks ... had a goal and an assist at Bowling Green Oct. 20 for second career multiple-point game and was season-best +3 ... had an assist at Miami Feb. 14 and in the following game against Ferris State Feb. 18 ... scored at Western Michigan Oct. 29 and had an assist at Northern Michigan Feb. 24 ... 20 recorded blocked shots ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors and was named Academic All-Big Ten.
2004-05 (Freshman Season) Saw action in all 42 Buckeye games, posting four goals and five assists for nine points ... fourth on the team with a +7 rating ... scored the gametying goal with 50 seconds remaining in comeback win vs. Ferris State March 13 in game three of playoff series ... in the next game vs. Michigan State in the CCHA Super Six semifinal victory March 18, put OSU up by two with a third-period score ... even or better in 14 of last 15 games, with eight +1 ratings ... assist vs. Miami March 5... scored a goal and was +1 Feb. 19 at Michigan State ... scored unassisted, shorthanded game-tying goal in the third period at Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 20, marking first career tally; also had an assist for first multiple-point game as a Buckeye ... had an assist in win over Minnesota State in Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29 ... team season-best +4 Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart ... had 15 games with a +1 or better mark and just 10 minus ratings ... first career point came on an assist vs. Miami Oct. 21 ... helper vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 5 ... +3 in Oct. 30 win at Western Michigan ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State Spent 2002-03 and 2003-04 with the U.S. National Team Development Program ... played in 53 games in 2003-04, posting four goals and 11 assists for 15 points and recording 42 penalty minutes ... competed in the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Minsk, Belarus ... scored one goal in six games during the tournament, helping the U.S. to a silver medal ... member of the Honeybaked team that won the world championship at the 2000 Quebec Peewee International Hockey Tournament ... graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 2004 ... also played golf and baseball.
Off the Ice Born March 9, 1986 in Warren, Mich. ... son of Doug and Carol DeSantis ... has a sister, Lauren ... father is a firefighter ... enjoys golf and being out on the lake ... has a dog, Gracie ... family resource management major.