Works hockey schools during the summer ... cousin Shawn Chambers won the Stanley Cup with both the New Jersey Devils and the Dallas Stars ... hometown of Rochester, Mich., with a population of about 50,000, is an industrial/computer-technology town ... enjoys helping children learn to love hockey and help improve their skills ... loves to read ... Favorites: Book - Hannibal; Music - rock, especially Papa Roach and Linkin Park; Movie - Good Will Hunting; Television Shows - Wild Boyz; Television Channel - MTV; Actress - Rachel McAdams; Actor - Mel Gibson; Sportscaster - Summer Sanders; Team - Detroit Red Wings; Athlete - Steve Yzerman because "he plays with his heart and soul and because of the respect he receives from teammates and the community"; Meal - lasagna; OSU sports team - women's volleyball; Quote - "You can't worry about the things you can't control" ... would like to play lacrosse at Ohio State if not on the hockey squad.
Ohio State Career
Enters senior season 17 points shy of the century mark ... has posted back-to-back 30-point seasons ... missed a majority of his freshman season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery ... has two career hat tricks.
2004-05 (Junior Season)
Ended the year second on the team with 23 assists, third with 35 points and tied for third with 12 goals in 41 games ... assists and points are career bests ... posted an assist in each game at the CCHA Super Six ... had 1-1-2 (with a ppg) in 4-2 win over Ferris State March 11 ... sat out March 13 game vs. the Bulldogs because of injury, marking first missed game of the year ... four-point weekend at Michigan State; scored in the opener before posting a career-best three assists Feb. 18 ... had two assists at Lake State Feb. 4 for first multiple-assist game since Oct. 9, 2003 vs. Denver; tied game vs. LSSU early in the third Feb. 5 ... scored a power-play goal to get OSU on the board Jan. 21 vs. Michigan ... third on the team with eight power-play goals ... had an assist in each game of the Ohio Hockey Classic ... scored twice Dec. 4 vs. Alaska Fairbanks, with both goals coming on the power play ... hat trick vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6, the second of his career and OSU's first in Value City Arena since Oct. 21, 2000; all three goals came on the power play, tying the OSU record for ppg in a game set five times prior, with the last in 1994 ... had a nine-game scoring streak stopped vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 13 ... 25 penalties and 50 penalty minutes on the year ... first career shorthanded goal came Oct. 21 vs. Miami.
2003-04 (Sophomore Season)
Tied for fourth on team with career-best 30 points while playing in 41 games ... fourth on the team with 13 goals and added 17 assists ... scored gamewinning goal in CCHA Super Six title game against Michigan on the power play ... had third-period game-tying goal in semifinal win over Miami in the league tournament ... received votes for All-CCHA honors ... had 12 points in last 14 games of the season, with a three-goal game, a two-goal game, three two-point outings and a four-point performance ... shaved his head prior to the Ferris State series (Feb. 6-7) to try and change his luck; responded with a four-game scoring streak, with 5-4-9 totals, from Feb. 6 -Feb. 14, with three consecutive multiple-point games ... 1-1-2 in each game vs. Nebraska-Omaha ... five-point weekend at Ferris State ... first career hat trick and four-point (3-1) game came at FSU Feb. 7; added an assist in the opener Feb. 6 ... opened year with two assists vs. Denver ... had a goal and an assist at Michigan State Oct. 17 ... fourth on team with +14 rating ... back-to-back career-best +3 ratings Feb. 7 at Ferris State and vs. UNO Feb. 13 ... five +2 outings and 10 +1 games ... did not play at Colgate Nov. 21 ... 16 penalty minutes Dec. 5 vs. Miami ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for both October and February.
2002-03 (Freshman Season)
Recorded 18 points, on six goals and 12 helpers, in 17 games ... had a career-best three points, on a goal and two assists, in the first game at Lake Superior State ... scored two goals, including the gamewinner, in second collegiate game at UAF Oct. 18; added an assist in the series finale to earn CCHA Rookie of the Week laurels ... had four two-point games - at UAF Oct. 18 (2-0), vs. Clarkson Oct. 27 (0-2), vs. Colgate Nov. 3 (1-1) and vs. UNO Dec. 14 (0-2) ... had a seven-game (Oct. 18-Nov. 8) scoring streak stopped in the series finale at LSSU ... had three +2 outings and was +3 in the first game against Miami ... had a point in 12-of-17 outings ... did not play after Dec. 28 vs. UMass because of shoulder injuries.
Prior to Ohio State
Competed in the 2002 Viking Cup with the USA Junior Select Team ... spent three seasons with the Compuware Ambassadors of the NAHL ... in his last year, led the squad in scoring and ranked second in the NAHL with 88 points in 53 games ... led the league with 62 assists; also had 15 power-play goals and 96 penalty minutes ... had 3-10-13 totals in seven playoff games to rank second in the league ... squad won the NAHL regular season and tournament titles and the Junior A National Championship (Gold Cup National Tournament) ... scored a goal and had two assists in the championship game of the Gold Cup tournament against Pittsburgh ... also scored the gamewinning overtime goal in game two of the NAHL tournament finals to clinch the title ... ... First Team All-NAHL selection ... two-time captain for the Ambassadors ... had 22 points in 23 games in 2001 (missed time with a shoulder injury) ... in his first year with the squad, had 9-20-29 totals ... played in the 2001 USA Hockey Top Prospects Tournament ... coached by Todd Watson with Compuware ... in 1999 was named to the Kamloops All-Star Team and was the leading scorer ... graduated from Rochester High School in 2001.
Off the Ice
Born April 14, 1983 in Royal Oak, Mich. ... son of Larry and Jan Knapp ... has a sister, Lindsay (20), a student at Western Michigan ... pet dog's name is Winger ... major is elementary education ... would like to be a teacher at an elementary or middle school ... enjoys fishing, roller hockey, reading and playing basketball ... nickname is Knapper.
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