Hometown of Osoyoos (pronounced O-sue-use), with a population of 4,000, is the only desert in Canada and has the warmest freshwater lake in the country ... Osoyoos is an Okanagan Indian word meaning "the narrows" or "the place where two lakes come together" ... describes himself as a player as "passing, the quarterback on the power play and a hardworking team player" ... has a number of superstitions and gameday rituals ... favorite hockey player is Chuck Kobesaw because "he has a great work ethic regardless of the setbacks. He has always been a good role model." ... Favorites: Books - Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer and Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki; Music - country; Movie - Happy Gilmore; Television Show - The O.C.; Actress - Kate Hudson; Actor - Adam Sandler; Team - Calgary Flames; Athlete - Wayne Gretzky; Food - steak; TV Channel - Sportsnet ... when he's done with hockey, would like to retire to a small farm close to a good fishing hole.
Ohio State Career Honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie Team selection in 2005.
2005-06 (Sophomore Season) Played in 37-of-39 games, posting five goals and eight assists for 13 points ... had two points, on a goal and an assist, at Notre Dame Nov. 25; added an assist vs. the Irish in game two Nov. 26 ... scored power-play goals at Colorado College Oct. 14 in the season opener and vs. Bowling Green Oct. 21 ... had three-game point and assist streaks Nov. 19-26, with single assists vs. Lake Superior State Nov. 19 and at Notre Dame Nov. 26, along with the 1-1-2 outing vs. the Irish Nov. 25 ... scored unassisted at Northern Michigan Feb. 25 and also tallied vs. Ferris State Feb. 17 ... had an assist and a career-high seven shots vs. Michigan State Feb. 9 ... also had a helper vs. the Spartans Nov. 15 ... other assists came at Miami Feb. 14 and vs. Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 14 ... tied career-high with +2 rating at Western Michigan Oct. 29, also had an assist in the game ... had nine games with a +1 or better mark ... ended the season with 66 shots.
2004-05 (Freshman Season) Had 21 points, on five goals and 16 assists, in 35 games ... honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie Team selection ... ranked eighth (tied) in scoring among CCHA defensemen overall and was seventh in league play ... had a helper March 11 in win over Ferris State in CCHA tournament first round ... posted an assist in each game at Michigan State ... three-point weekend vs. Bowling Green, with career-high two assists Feb. 11 and the gamewinner Feb. 12 ... three-point weekend vs. Western Michigan Jan. 28-29; had an assist in the opener before scoring the gamewinner on the power play and adding an assist Jan. 29 ... three-point series against Michigan Jan. 21-22; scored a power-play goal and added an assist in the opener and then posted an assist in game two ... had an assist in each game of the Ohio Hockey Classic ... had a point in each of his first three games ... recorded first career point vs. St. Cloud State Oct. 10 with an assist and posted a helper in next game vs. Ferris State Oct. 15 ... first career goal came at Ferris State Oct. 16 and added an assist for first multiple-point game ... even or better in all but four games ... assessed a major and game disqualification for fighting Nov. 19 at UNO, forcing him to miss the Nov. 20 game vs. the Mavericks ... played the point on one of the Buckeye power-play units and had 16 power-play points ... also skated as a forward.
Prior to Ohio State Played for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL in 2003-04 and 2002-03 ... posted 66 points, on 10 goals and 56 assists, to rank second on the squad in scoring while playing in 58 regular-season games in '04 ... also had 130 penalty minutes while serving as an assistant captain ... played 15 games for the Capitals in 2002-03, with 3-10-13 totals in 15 games ... competed for the Penticton Panthers of the BCHL in 2001-02, recording a 15-44-59 line in 58 games to lead the league's defensemen in scoring ... a 2002 BCHL Second Team Interior All-Star ... attended Osoyoos Secondary before attending and graduating from Penticton Secondary in 2002 ... played for Team Pacific in the 2001 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
Off the Ice Son of Suzanne and Merv Hood ... has a sister, Tanya ... born March 28, 1984 in Calgary, Alberta ... enjoys fishing, camping, reading, golfing and weightlifting ... nickname is Hooder ... family resource management major.
Ohio State Heading to NCAA Tournament