Drafted in the seventh round (No. 215) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche ... started playing hockey at age 4 and became a goalie at 7 ... lifeguards in the summer ... describes himself as a player - "very competitive, intense, aggressive, focused, tall/big and quick" ... voted "most artistic" in his high school as a senior, received several awards for art work, including best in show and honorable mention in five different scholastic shows ... Favorites: Book - Catcher in the Rye; Music - rock, especially Jack Johnson; Movie - Crash; Television Show - Seinfeld; Actress - Angelina Jolie; Actor - Russell Crow; Team - Colorado Avalanche; Athlete - Patrick Roy; Food - anything without mustard; Sportscaster - Barry Melrose; Television Channel - Spike TV; OSU Team - football ... played with Dan Fritsche of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Denver's Peter Mannino, as well as Buckeyes Tom Fritsche, Tommy Goebel and Nick Biondo.
Invited to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. ... played with Team Blue throughout the camp, seeing action in all four games ... made 16 saves on 17 shots in 29:26 vs. Finland in game one and allowed one goal on 17 shots vs. Sweden in 30:07 in goal in game two ... did not allow a goal in last two appearances, stopping all 13 shots he saw against Finland in 29:38 and all 15 against Sweden in 30:28 in net.
2004-05 (Freshman Season)
Played in six games, starting four, with a 2-2 record ... played last 12:59 at Michigan State, allowing one goal and making seven saves ... came in for the last 20:42 vs. Michigan Jan. 22, marking first action since Dec. 11 at Clarkson ... stopped all 11 shots he faced vs. the Wolverines ... allowed just one goal in two of last three starts ... started the season opener at New Hampshire Oct. 9, suffering the loss while making 23 saves ... recorded first win Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart, allowing just one goal on 17 shots ... career-high 31 saves in win over Northern Michigan Nov. 14 ... made 22 saves in loss at Clarkson Dec. 11.
Prior to Ohio State
Played for the Cleveland Barons in the North American Hockey League in 2002-03 and 2003-04 ... in his two years with the Barons, went 22-19-7 with a 3.24 goals-against average and .909 save percentage, including an 18-3-3 record with a 3.22 gaa and .898 sv. % in 2003-04 ... member of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that won the gold medal at the 2003 Under-18 Junior World Cup ... named the best goaltender of the tournament, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and .948 save percentage ... backstopped the U.S. to a 3-2 overtime win over Russia to earn player of the game accolades and to a win over seven-time defending champion Canada in overtime in the semifinals ... played in Cleveland Barons youth program from 1994-2001 (cumulative gaa of 2.25 and .918 sv. pct.) before moving on to the Barons Midgets for 2001-03 (2.45 gaa, .921 sv. pct.) ... won Pee Wee Tier I National Championship with the Barons in 1998 ... graduated from Parma Senior High in 2004 ... also played soccer, baseball and roller hockey.
Off the Ice Born
Jan. 6, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio ... son of Danette, a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, and Jim Keserich, a Columbus College of Art and Design grad ... has two sisters, Taylor (18) and Olivia (8) ... enjoys paintball ... working toward a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
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