Started skating at age 2 when father would take him out on the open ice and has loved the game ever since ... first job was working construction ... favorite hockey player is Scott Niedermayer because "he makes the game look so easy" ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - chocolate; Movie - Remember the Titans and Dazed and Confused; Television show - Trailer Park Boys and Entourage; Musician - George Strait, Jason Michael Carrol and the Rolling Stones; Professional team - Vancouver Canucks; Homecooked meal - chicken soup; Celebrity - Jessica Alba; Snack food - beef jerky; Sport other than hockey - football; Vacation spot - Hawaii; Rink - Memorial Arena in Penticton; Book - Catcher in the Rye ... first professional event he attended was a Vancouver Canucks game ... childhood hero was Bobby Orr.
Ohio State Career: A three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice ... voted team's George Burke Most Valuable Freshman by his teammates ... honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie Team ... three-time CCHA player of the week, with two rookie awards ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in December 2009.
2011-12 (Junior Season): One of just four players to skate in all 35 games ... career-high 12 assists and 14 points ... tied for 15th among CCHA defensemen in scoring in conference games with 11 points ... three assists in series vs. Alaska Oct. 27-28 to earn CCHA Defenseman of the Week honors; helper on power play game-tying goal in series opener; two assists, with one on the power play, and +2 in game two ... four-game assist and point streak (0-6-6) Oct. 21-Nov. 4 ... two assists at Michigan State Oct. 21 ... assist at Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 4, +1 at UAH Nov. 5 ... scored gamewinning goal 5x3 Dec. 30 at Robert Morris ... +4 in series vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 11-12, with +2 rating in each game ... assist and +2 in 3-2 OT win at Miami Dec. 10 ... assist at Michigan Nov. 19; blocked two shots in each game at Michigan Nov. 18-19 ... power play goal at Notre Dame Oct 15 ... assist and +3 at Quinnipiac Oct. 8 ... power play assist vs. Miami Feb. 25 ... assist in back-to-back games at Lake Superior State Jan. 28 and vs. Michigan State Feb. 3; +2 vs. the Spartans Feb. 4 ... fourth on team with 41 blocked shots, including seven in series at Michigan State Oct. 20-21 ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010-11 (Sophomore Season): Played in 31 games, posting eight assists and nine points, along with +2 mark ... tallied at Quinnipiac Oct. 9 ... career-high two assists vs. Robert Morris Oct. 15 ... helper at Ferris State Oct. 22 for three-game point streak ... assist in each game at Northern Michigan Oct. 29-30, at Michigan State Nov. 12, at Alaska Jan. 29 and vs. Lake Superior State Feb. 18 ... +1 in eight of first nine games of the year ... +2 vs. Notre Dame Jan. 21 and +1 in 12 games on the year ... played in first 17 games before missing Catamount Cup (Jan. 1-2), Miami series (Jan. 7-9) and first game at Western Michigan Jan. 14 with an injury; returned to action Jan. 15 vs. the Broncos ... game disqualification vs. Ferris State Feb. 25 and missed CCHA tournament opener March 4 ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten pick.
2009-10 (Freshman season): Played in 32-of-39 games, leading the Buckeye freshmen with three goals, six assists and nine points en route to George Burke Most Valuable Freshman accolades ... +8 on the year ... named CCHA Rookie of the Week Dec. 6 and Jan. 11 and also earned an honorable mention spot on league all-rookie team ... CCHA Rookie of the Week following series with Bowling Green Jan. 8-9; had a power-play goal in each game (the gamewinner in game one) and added an assist in the opener for career-best two-point night ... also league's rookie of the week after Michigan series Dec. 4-5; was +6 in the series, had a 1-1-2 line and was not on the ice for a goal against in the series split ... +5 vs. the Wolverines Dec. 4 in 5-3 win; first Buckeye to be +5 or better in a game since November 2001; scored first goal in the third period, tally was the go-ahead goal to break a 2-all tie ... first career point came on a helper vs. Denver Oct. 16 ... assists at Notre Dame Oct. 31, vs. Bemidji State Nov. 28 and vs. Alaska Feb. 13 ... +3 at Ferris State Nov. 21 and +2 March 6 vs. Notre Dame; +1 in five games ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played two years with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL ... played in 60 games in 2008-09, with eight goals, 25 assists and 33 points, while serving as an assistant captain ... had a 1-16-17 line in 2007-08 ... the Vees won the BCHL championship in 2008 ... also played badminton and was ranked third in British Columbia ... graduated from West Vancouver Secondary School in 2007.
Off the Ice: Son of Darcy and Ann ... father played wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders ... has a younger sister, Alysha, who is a student at McGill ... family has a pet dog, Eli ... cousin has played quarterback for the University of Saskatchewan ... finance major.
First Goal - Dec. 4,009 vs. Michigan
First Assist - Oct. 16, 2009 vs. Denver
Career Single-Game Highs
Goals - 1 (6x, last 12/30/11 vs. Robert Morris)
Assists - 2 (3x, 10/28/11 vs. Alaska; 10/21/11 at Michigan State; 10/15/10 vs. Robert Morris)
Points - 2 (4x, 10/28/11 vs. Alaska; 10/21/11 at Michigan State;10/15/10 vs. Robert Morris; 1/8/10 vs. Bowling Green)
PIM - 17 (2/25/11 vs. Ferris State)
Shots - 6 (1/29/11 at Alaska)
Plus/Minus - +5 (12/4/09 vs. Michigan)
Career-Long Point Streak - 4 games (10/21/11-11/4/11, 0-6-6)
Bio and statistics updated through 10/1/12