Favorite part of the game of hockey is winning as a team ... says one thing he can't live without is "air" ... superhero quality he would want is the ability to fly ... lucky number is 21 because every other good number was taken ... when he was younger, dreamed of being a back country ski guide ... best food he can cook is scrambled eggs ... started playing hockey at age 5 because his friends were starting to play and his parents signed him up ... Matt Greene has influenced him because "The way he conducts himself off the ice and the hard work he has put in to accomplish his goals have inspired me to pursue my goals." ... favorite hockey player is Wendel Clark; says "He wasn't the most skilled player, but he worked harder than anyone else, he always stuck up for his teammates and he never quit." ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - moose tracks; Holiday - Thanksgiving; Game to play as a kid - wiffleball; Movie - Traffic; Television show - Survivorman; Music group - Incubus; Professional team - Detroit Red Wings; Homecooked meal - pancakes; Celebrity - Denzel Washington; Snack food - trail mix; Vacation spot - Norway; Rink - Ann Arbor Ice Cube; Book - Friday Night Lights ... most important pregame ritual is a nap ... best thing about being a Buckeye is the tradition ... would want to trade places for a day with Barack Obama ... first professional sporting event he attended was a Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards game ... had a paper route for his first job ... hidden talent is playing lacrosse.
Ohio State Career: Two-time team captain ... 2009 Coaches Award winner ... a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team.
2011-12 (Senior Season, Through 12/10/11):Team captain ...Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate ...Has played in all 18 games; career-high 9A and 9P ...Assist in 7 of last 8 games and in last 5 straight ...t-3rd in CCHA in assists and defenseman scoring in conference games (8) ...Helper vs. Miami 12/9 and at Miami 12/10; +1 in game 2 vs. the RedHawks ...Assist in each game vs. LSSU 12/2-3; +4 in the series, with a career-high tying +3 in game 1 (3rd career +3 game but first since 1/16/09 at Ferris State) ...Helper 11/19 at Michigan, along with 4 blocked shots in 6-5 win ...Assist in each game vs. Northern Michigan 11/11-12; +1 in game two ...Game-winning assist and +1 10/21 at Michigan State, along with career-high 5 shots (previous best was 2 6x) ...Helper on the power play vs. Alaska 10/28 ...+1 10/14 at Notre Dame and 11/5 at UAH ...Career-high 32 shots on the year ...Played in 100th game 11/11 vs. Northern Michigan.
2010-11 (Junior Season): Served as team captain ... skated in all 37 games, with three points on a goal and two assists ... scored first collegiate goal Dec. 10 at Bowling Green (in 68th career game), was +1 in the contest ... helper at Northern Michigan Oct. 30 ... assist at Alaska Jan. 29 ... +2 Feb. 5 vs. Michigan State ... +1 in 11 games ... blocked four shots Jan. 29 at Alaska and Feb. 11 at Michigan; 37 recorded blocks on the year ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... first team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV.
2009-10 (Sophomore Season): Played in 30-of-39 games, missing four with an injury early on; suffered injury Feb. 12 vs. Alaska and missed five games ... skated in all five playoff games ... ended year with four assists ... career-high two assists and points in 2-1 overtime win over No. 6 Bemidji State Nov. 28 in Subway Holiday Classic in Grand Forks, N.D.; +2 vs. the Beavers ... helpers against Denver Oct. 16 and vs. Ferris State Jan. 29 ... +1 or better in nine games, with +2 mark vs. Notre Dame March 6 ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice, as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2008-09 (Freshman Season): Played in 22 games before suffering season-ending leg injury at Alaska Jan. 30 ... +9 on the year with three assists ... after sitting out first three games of the season played in 22 of next 25 contests ... assist and +3 mark Jan. 16 at Ferris State ... assists in back-to-back games Dec. 6 vs. Robert Morris and Dec. 12 vs. Bentley for first career points ... saw first collegiate action against Lake State Oct. 18, recording one shot ... +1 or better in nine games and had just five minus ratings on the year; career-best +3 vs. Robert Morris Nov. 14 and at Ferris State Jan. 16; +2 vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6 and at Bowling Green Jan. 9; +1 vs. Michigan State Nov. 7, at Northern Michigan Nov. 21, vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28, vs. Bentley Dec. 12 and vs. Clarkson Jan. 3 ... honored with Coaches Award for his hard work throughout the year on the ice, in rehab and in the classroom ... had team-best grade-point average and was named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League in 2007-08 ... saw action in 56 regular-season games and had two goals, three assists and five points ... also had 53 penalty minutes and 61 shots ... named the Wildcats' Defensive Player of the Year ... spent 2006-07 with the Capital Centre Pride AAA team, posting six goals, 36 assists and 42 points in 70 games while serving as an assistant captain ... graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 2007 and was a member of the school's National Honor Society (2005-06, '06-07) and a National Merit Scholar (2007) ... also played lacrosse.
Off the Ice: Son of Steve and Lisa ... has a younger brother, Logan ... born in Stockholm, Sweden ... enjoys hanging out with friends and playing other sports, like basketball and wiffleball.
Career Milestones First Goal - Dec. 10, 2010 at Bowling Green First Assist - Dec. 6, 2008 vs. Robert Morris 100th Game - Dec. 11, 2011 vs. Northern Michigan
Career Single-Game Highs Goals - 1 (12/10/10 at Bowling Green) Assists - 2 (11/28/09 vs. Bemidji State) Points - 2 (11/28/09 vs. Bemidji State) PIM - 2 (20x, last 11/19/11 at Michigan) Shots - 5 (10/21/11 at Michigan State) Plus/Minus - +3 (3x, 12/2/11 vs. Lake Superior State; 1/16/09 at Ferris State; 11/14/08 vs. Robert Morris)