Describes himself on the ice as "a player that always puts the team first and gives 100 percent all of the time" ... enjoys the intensity of college hockey the most ... favorite professional athlete is Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche because "he can dominate a game physically, offensively and defensively whenever he wants and he can do it better than anyone of my time" ... Favorites: Music - rock, especially The Clarks, Our Lady Peace and Metallica; Movie - too many to pick one; Television Show - Friends; Television channel - MTV; Team - Pittsburgh Penguins; Video Game - James Bond; Meal - steak ... quote: "The future is not written."
Ohio State Career
Serving as team captain for second consecutive year ... named team's 2002 George Burke Most Valuable Freshman ... nine of 27 career goals (33%) have been gamewinners.
2003-04 (Junior Season)
Served as team captain, the first to captain the team as a junior since Andre Signoretti in 2000 ... had career-best 12 goals and 20 points on the year while playing in 39 games ... team-high five gamewinning goals tied for sixth in the nation and tied for first in the CCHA overall ... fifth on the team in goals and first with six power-play tallies ... second in the CCHA in league games with four gamewinners and tied for ninth in power-play tallies (4) ... scored overtime gamewinner just 23 seconds into the CCHA Super Six semifinal game vs. Miami; also had an assist in the game for second two-point night of the season ... assist vs. Bowling Green March 13 was 50th career point ... played 100th career game vs. Quinnipiac Jan. 6 ... six-game goal-scoring streak from Oct. 11-Nov. 1 ... scored shorthanded Nov. 15 vs. Michigan ... first multiple-point game came at Cornell (Nov. 22) with a goal and an assist ... tallied third-period gamewinner against Notre Dame Oct. 11 as well as both gamewinning tallies vs. UAF (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) ... even or better in all but seven games, including +3 at Cornell and +4 vs. Miami March 19 ... missed three games (vs. UNO Feb. 14, series at WMU Feb. 20-21) after breaking a bone in his left hand against UNO Feb. 13, an injury that required surgery and forced him to wear a cast.
2002-03 (Sophomore Season)
Saw action in all 43 games ... had 7-10-17 totals, with 15 of the points coming in the last 24 games ... career-best three points, on a goal and two assists, Jan. 16 vs. BGSU ... also had two assists vs. Michigan March 7 ... first goal was against Colgate (Nov. 3) and was scored shorthanded... posted helpers vs. LSSU Nov. 9 and against Princeton Jan. 3 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, as well as against Notre Dame Jan. 31, WMU Feb. 7, UAF Feb. 21 and NMU March 1 ... scored an even-strength tally against Findlay and posted power-play scores vs. WMU Feb. 8 and at Miami Feb. 13 ... had just five minus ratings ... streak of 27 consecutive games with an even rating or better stopped vs. UAF Feb. 21 ... career-high eight shots Jan. 31 at Notre Dame ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for January.
2001-02 (Freshman Season)
Posted 8-7-15 totals in 36 games while leading the rookies in scoring and games played ... named team's most valuable freshman ... assisted on Miguel Lafleche's score against Alaska Fairbanks in the CCHA quarterfinals ... had the primary assist on Dave Steckel's empty-netter vs. WMU in the playoffs ... scored a goal in the regular-season finale vs. Miami, the first shorthanded tally of his career ... led the team (and tied for third in the nation) with four game-winning goals ... had a four-game scoring streak (Dec. 29-Jan. 5) ... scored the gamewinning goal with 27 seconds remaining in regulation at Bowling Green (Oct. 27) ... also tallied in OT at Miami (Dec. 1) ... scored the winners vs. Cornell and vs. Lake Superior State ... named to the Everblades College Classic All-Tournament Team with two points in the tourney (1-1-2) ... scored twice against Wayne State Nov. 9 for first multiple-goal game ... had two assists vs. Bowling Green Oct. 26 for first career points ... received a game DQ (fighting) against BGSU and was suspended for the first game against Nebraska-Omaha ... had his finger broken by a slash in the CCHA quarterfinals vs. UAF, forcing him to miss the season finale vs. Michigan ... four of eight goals were gamewinners.
Prior to Ohio State
Spent two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League ... posted 22-28-50 totals in 52 games while serving as team captain in 2000-01 ... named to the USHL All-Star Game ... USHL Prospects Tournament and USHL Four Nations Team participant ... earned the most determined player award ... scored 22 goals and added 25 assists in first year with Sioux Falls ... also played for the Pittsburgh Hornets and Seton-La Salle High School ... high school team won state title in 1998 and was the Class A SHIHL Champion in 1998 and '99 ... also played lacrosse and baseball ... graduated from Seton-La Salle High School in Pittsburgh in 2000.
Off the Ice
Born May 27, 1982 in Pittsburgh ... son of Harold and Marion Bittner ... has two sisters: Megan (25), a graduate of Washington & Jefferson, and Jenna (18), who attends Lehigh University ... father played soccer, basketball, baseball and lacrosse at Lafayette College ... enjoys golfing and is a self-taught guitarist ... full name is Justine (pronounced Justin) Matthew Bittner ... nickname is Bitts.
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