Owned and operated his own landscape maintenance business throughout high school ... attracted to Ohio State because of "hometown dreams" ... first pro sports event he attended was a Detroit Tigers game ... childhood hero was his dad ... most famous person he has met is Ken Dryden while on a family vacation to Toronto while he was in elementary school ... began playing hockey at age 6 ... started playing because his neighbor put street pads on him and started shooting on him for target practice. "I loved it, a ton of black eyes and bloody noses later." ... favorite hockey player is Martin Brodeur, because of his atheistic and ability to succeed every year ... Pick one: Olympic sport to watch - water polo; Ice cream flavor - strawberry; subject in high schol - art; Movie - The Hangover; Musician - TI; Professional Team - Columbus Blue Jackets; Athlete - Roberto Loungo; Homecooked meal - anything Italian; Celebrity - Denzel Washington; Sport other than hockey - basketball; Vacation spot - Florida; Rink - Memorial Gardens.
Ohio State Career: Two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten choice and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2010-11 (Junior Season): Did not see game action ... earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades for posting a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher during 2011-12 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
2010-11 (Sophomore season): Came on in relief at Alaska Jan. 29 for first collegiate action; stopped 6-of-7 shots against the Nanooks ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2009-10 (Freshman season): Did not see game action ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and had team-high grade-point average for the school year.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for the North Bay Skyhawks in the Northern Ontario Junior A Hockey League, earning second all-star team honors ... won the NOJHL Wayne Chase Memorial Award after leading the league with a 2.66 goals-against average and team won the NOJHL Team Goaltenders Award ... also first with 23 wins and was third with a .908 save percentage ... had two shutouts ... the team, which was ranked in the CJHL Top 15 the majority of the season, reached as high as No. 6 ... squad was 41-6-3 in the regular season and advanced to the league championship series ... played for Ohio AAA Junior Blue Jackets in 2007-08, with a 16-12-4 ledger, 2.81 goals-against average and .909 save percentage ... graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School in 2008.
Off the Ice: Son of Jerry, a builder, and Christine, a teacher ... has a twin sister, Julie, a student at Michigan ... majoring in accounting ... enjoys hanging out with friends and having fun, playing video games and watching television.
Bio and stats updated through 10/1/12