Outstanding guitar player who writes his own music ... favorite player is the Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom because he "always makes the right play and is creative" ... describes himself as a "steady two-way defenseman" ... has played guitar since fourth grade ... if given $1 million, would buy some really nice guitars ... says his parents have made an impact on him "they pushed me hard enough, without being overly demanding" ... Favorites: Music - jam bands and less popular rock; Singer - Jack Johnson; Movie - Braveheart; Television Show - Friends; Actress - Jennifer Aniston; Actor - Mel Gibson; Team - Minnesota Twins; Food - pasta; TV Channel - ESPN; OSU Sports Team - women's volleyball ... hometown of Plymouth is a suburb of Minneapolis ... teammates with Buckeye junior Domenic Maiani with the Musketeers, as well as Ohio State senior Sean Collins.
Ohio State Career Two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice ... CCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 2, 2005.
2005-06 (Sophomore season) Played in all 39 games, posting five assists ... led the squad with a +19 rating, ranking in the Top 5 in the CCHA ... career-high and team season-best +5 mark at Michigan Feb. 3 ... +1 or better in 17 of 39 games and had just three minus ratings ... had an assist in each game vs. Lake Superior State Nov. 18-19 for first points of the season ... helper vs. Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 2, as well as vs. Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 14 and at Northern Michigan Feb. 24 ... career-best five shots vs. Holy Cross Dec. 29 ... +2 Nov. 25 at Notre Dame and vs. Union Dec. 11 ... +1 rating in 14 games ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2004-05 (Freshman Season) Played in all 42 games, with 3-4-7 totals ... set up Jason DeSantis' gametying goal with 50 seconds remaining vs. Ferris State March 13 in game three of CCHA playoff series; was career-high tying +2 ... named CCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 2 for performance in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29-30; scored a goal in each game (including the gamewinner vs. Minnesota State) and was a combined +3 ... had two assists vs. Miami Oct. 21 for first career points ... scored first career goal at Western Michigan Oct. 29 ... had an assist vs. the Broncos in game two ... career-best +2 vs. Miami Oct. 21 ... fifth on the team with 28 penalties and 67 penalty minutes (including a career-high 15 vs. Michigan Jan. 22) ... even or better in 31-of-42 games ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State Spent 2002-03 and 2003-04 with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League ... posted 31 points, on seven goals and 24 assists, and was +22 with 54 penalty minutes in 57 regular-season games in 2003-04 ... earned second team All-USHL honors ... selected to play in the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game for Team USHL ... played on the USA Hockey Junior Select Team in the 2004 Viking Cup, helping the squad to a second-place finish ... earned USHL Defensive Player of the Week honors Nov. 3, 2003 ... saw action in 47 games for the Musketeers in 2002-03, with 2-6-8 totals ... coached by Dave Siciliano in Sioux City ... graduated from Wayzata High School in 2002.
Off the Ice Son of Robert and Gretchen Kroll ... has two sisters, Kaitrin (20) and Breann (17), and a brother, Hunter (14) ... enjoys playing guitar, golfing, fishing and relaxing on the lake ... born Feb. 23, 1984 in Minneapolis ... nicknames include Yogi and Yo.
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