Played with Buckeye classmate Brandon Martell in Fairbanks ... first job was mowing lawns in the neighborhood ... says greatest athletic achievements to date are committing to Ohio State and winning the regular season title in juniors ... before a game he "listens to a playlist I made earlier that day" ... first pro sport event he attended was a Hartford Whalers game when he was 6 ... lived in five states prior to coming to Ohio for college (Connecticut, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Kansas and Alaska) ... favorite player is Jarome Iginla because "there's nothing he doesn't do" ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - mint chocolate chip; Olympic sport (besides hockey) - swimming; Movie - Green Street Hooligans; Music - Hootie and the Blowfish; Professional team - Carolina Hurricanes; Athlete - Wes Welker of the New England Patriots; Homecooked meal - steak and potatoes; Celebrity - Hayden Panettiere; Vacation spot - Vero Beach, Fla.; Rink - Big Dipper Ice Arena (Fairbanks, Alaska); Hockey trip - peewee tournament in Quebec.
Ohio State Career:Two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
2011-12 (Junior Season, through 12/10/11):Played in 5 games: 10/27 vs. Alaska, in both games at Alabama-Huntsville 11/4-5, vs. Northern Michigan 11/11, at Miami 12/10 ...+1 vs. the Chargers in game two.
2010-11 (Sophomore Season): Played in 18 games, including both playoff games at Lake Superior State ... competed in one game of each of the last five regular-season series ... tally and +1 vs. Notre Dame Jan. 21 ... scored against Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 6; +1 in both games vs. the Chargers ... played at least one game in all but four series during the year ... four shots vs. UAH Nov. 6 and against the Lakers in the playoffs March 4 ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and picked up Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2009-10 (Freshman Season): Skated in 21 games, including the last six contests of the season, playing vs. both Notre Dame and Miami in the CCHA playoffs ... scored first career goal on the power play vs. Western Michigan Nov. 13 ... five shots vs. Quinnipiac Oct. 9 in first career game ... blocked seven shots ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL the last two years ... team won the West Division regular-season title in 2008-09 ... played in 50 games in 2008-09 while skating as an assistant captain, with six goals, 17 assists and 23 points, along with a +7 mark and 98 penalty minutes ... played in 48 games in 2007-08, posting a 5-14-19 line and 97 penalty minutes and +4 mark ... NAHL West Division Prospect Team in 2009 ... played for Russell Stover AAA and won the Central Division title, along with finishing third at nationals ... graduated from Olathe Northwest High School in 2007 and also attended Cardinal Gibbons High School and Holderness School ... also played lacrosse.
Off the Ice: Son of Ben and Mary Jean ... father played and coached hockey at the University of Connecticut and mother is a nurse ... has an older brother, Ben, and younger brothers Patrick and John ... has two dogs, Vernon and Sidney.
Career Milestones First Goal - Nov. 13, 2009 vs. Western Michigan
Career Highs Goals - 1 (3x, 1/21/11 vs. Notre Dame, 11/6/10 vs. Alabama-Huntsville; 11/13/09 vs. Western Michigan) Points - 1 (3x, 1/21/11 vs. Notre Dame, 11/6/10 vs. Alabama-Huntsville; 11/13/09 vs. Western Michigan) PIM - 4 (2x, 11/13/09 vs. Western Michigan; 11/20/09 at Ferris State) Shots - 5 (10/9/09 vs. Quinnipiac) Plus/Minus - +1 (5x, last 11/5/11 at Alabama-Huntsville)