Attracted to Ohio State because of the coaching staff, the campus and the Big Ten ... started playing hockey at the age of 4 because his dad got him into the sport ... works doing landscaping part time in the summer, was also a lot attendant at a car dealership ... grandfather Rich played a few games with the Detroit Red Wings when they were in the Original Six ... played two seasons with classmate Matt Tompkins in Sherwood Park ... coached the 2013 Jr. Oilers in Edmonton ... favorite player is TJ Oshie because they have similar physical game characteristics ... Pick One: Movie - This is the End; Television show - The Big Bang Theory; Musician - French Montana; Professional Team - St. Louis Blues; Homecooked meal - chicken pot pie; Celebrity - Mark Wahlberg; Snack food - any kind of fruit; Ice cream flavor - banana chocolate; Sport other than hockey - football; Vacation spot - Christina Lake in British Columbia; Rink - Casman Center in Fort McMurray; Book/magazine - How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer; Place hockey has taken you- The Ohio State University.
Career at Ohio State: 2013-14 (Freshman Season): Played in 13 of the first 16 games (DNP 10/11 vs. Miami, 10/26 at Robert Morris, 12/29 vs. Mercyhurst), one goal and two assists for three points ... 26 blocked shots, with 5 12/2 vs. Michigan and 4 11/16 vs. Canisius; t-13th in B1G in blocked shots, 5th in league in blocks per game (2.00) ... two points in series vs. Canisius 11/15-16; Assist and +1 mark in game 1, first career goal, +2 rating and 4 blocked shots in game two ... one assist 11/9 vs. Niagara for first career point, +2 in the game ... +1 10/25 vs. Robert Morris.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent two full seasons with the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the AJHL ... totaled 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points during the 2012-13 season ... team's assistant captain during his second season ... awarded the AJHL Top Defenseman award in 2013 ... named to the AJHL's North Division All-League team in 2013 ... nominated for CJHL Defenseman of the Year honor in 2013 ... Played for Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where his team won the silver medal ... leading scorer among defensemen on the 2012-13 Sherwood Park Crusaders.
Off the Ice: Son of Tim and Pam ... has one younger sister, Jessica, who is currently in 12th grade ... enjoys fly fishing and yoga ... business administration major and would like to own his own business some day.
Stats and bio updated through Jan. 9, 2014