Started playing hockey at age 5 ... is 100 percent Italian ... Favorites: Music - rap; Singer - 50 Cent; Movie - GoodFellas and A Bronx Tale; Television Show - Growing Up Gotti; Actress - Jennifer Aniston; Actors - Robert De Niro; Team - Detroit Red Wings; Athlete - Steve Yzerman; Food - pasta; Television Channel - MTV; OSU Team - football ... if not on the hockey team at OSU, would like the chance to play golf for the Buckeyes ... if he had $1 million, would like to buy a villa in Italy... played with Buckeye classmate Johann Kroll with the Musketeers, as well as OSU senior Sean Collins ... younger brother Anthony (17) now plays for the Musketeers.
Ohio State Career CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention choice ... OSU Scholar-Athlete as a freshman.
2005-06 (Sophomore Season) Played in 26 games, posting 5-13-18 totals, including three power-play scores ... suffered an ankle injury in pregame skate before game vs. Notre Dame Jan. 28 that forced him to miss the remainder of the season ... ranked third (tied) on the team in points and was second in assists ... had 5-10-15 totals in his last 15 games, with a point in eight of the 15 outings ... career-high tying three assists and three points at Alaska Jan. 20 ... four-point weekend at Notre Dame Nov. 25-26, with two goals (including the gamewinner) and career-high tying three points in finale and an assist in the opener ... 1-1-2 and +2 mark in win over Miami Jan. 10 ... had two helpers against Union Dec. 11 ... team-best three points in the series vs. Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 2-3, with a goal in each game and an assist in game two ... three helpers in series against Bowling Green, with two assists at BG Oct. 20 and an assist on John Dingle's game-tying goal at home Oct. 21 ... +3 on the year and had just six minus ratings ... minus rating at Western Michigan Oct. 28 ended streak of 23-consecutive games with an even or better rating ... second runner-up in Best on Faceoffs category in CCHA Captains' Poll.
Summer 2005 Invited to U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp ... scored gamewinning goal in Team White's victory over Finland ... also had an assist vs. Sweden while playing for Team Blue.
2004-05 (Freshman Season) Ended the year fifth on the team with 34 points in 39 games ... third with 22 assists and tied for third with 12 goals ... 11th in the nation in points per game among rookies (.87) ... scored in the NCAA tournament game vs. Cornell March 26 ... had an assist in each game in the CCHA Super Six, including helper on Sean Collins' gamewinner vs. Michigan State March 18 ... scored at home vs. Miami March 5 to cut the MU lead to one in eventual 2-all tie ... had a helper in the win at Miami March 4 ... missed game vs. Michigan Jan. 22 and Western Michigan series Jan. 28-29 with an injury ... 1-1-2 Feb. 19 at Michigan State ... three-assist game at Notre Dame Jan. 15 to earn first star of the game honors; tied career best in assists and points ... eight-game scoring streak was ended Nov. 19 at UNO (began Oct. 21 vs. Miami); had 14 points during the stretch ... two assists Dec. 10 at Clarkson and added an assist in game two for a three-point weekend ... goal and an assist in Dec. 4 win against Alaska ... two two-goal outings (Oct. 21 vs. Miami and Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart) ... career-best three assists and points vs. the Pioneers Nov. 6 ... scored a goal in each game vs. Northern Michigan, including a power-play score Nov. 14 ... had two assists against Miami Oct. 22 (on the only two goals of the game in a 2-1 win) and Oct. 30 at Western Michigan ... career-best +3 and tallied gamewinner Nov. 5 win vs. Sacred Heart ... +10 on the year to rank third on the team ... had just three minus ratings in 39 games ... fourth on the team with 31 penalties and 73 PIM ... took team-high 755 faceoffs, winning 60.8 percent (459-296) ... won season-high 19 faceoffs (against just four losses) vs. Ferris State March 19.
Prior to Ohio State Spent 2002-03 and 2003-04 playing for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL ... finished second on the squad in scoring last season with 45 points, including 17 goals and 28 assists ... was +12 and had 68 penalty minutes in 54 regular-season games ... selected to play in the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game for Team USHL ... named to the U.S. squad that placed second in the 2004 Viking Cup ... in 2002-03, posted 7-12-19 points in 50 games, as well as a +10 rating ... coached by Dave Siciliano with the Musketeers ... competed for Team USA at the 2002 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament ... member of the Honeybaked team that won the world championship at the 2000 Quebec Peewee International Hockey Tournament ... attended North High School ... also played golf and roller hockey.
Off the Ice Born May 23, 1986 in Warren, Mich. ... enjoys golf ... son of Paul and Marina ... has a sister, Julia (8) and a brother, Anthony (17).
Buckeyes vs. Gophers - Game Two