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Matt McIlvane
Matt  McIlvane

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 212

Position:
Forward

Major:
Sport and Leisure Studies

Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (No. 251) ... began playing hockey at age 7 after watching the Portland Winter Hawks major junior team ... spends time in Montana on a lake in the summer ... also spends a week each summer volunteering with special-needs children ... favorite player is Keith Tkachuk because he tries to model his game after him ... Favorites: Music - country, especially Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts; Television Show - SportsCenter; Actress - Julia Roberts; Actor - Russell Crowe; Team - Ottawa Senators; Athlete - Andy Roddick; Television Channel - ESPN; Sportscaster - Chris Berman; OSU Team - women's volleyball ... if he didn't play hockey at OSU, would like the chance to play football ... describes himself as a player - "I'm a grinder. The guy that is going to give it everything he has all of the time. I'm a penalty killer and a power forward who will do whatever it takes for my team to win."

Ohio State Career Two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.

2005-06 (Sophomore Season) Played in 37 games ... posted career-best three goals, 10 assists and 13 points ... scored shorthanded vs. Ferris State Feb. 17 ... three-point weekend at Notre Dame Nov. 25-26, with a goal in the opener and two assists in game two ... also tallied in the season opener at Colorado College Oct. 14 ... two-assist night at Bowling Green Oct. 20 ... missed Ohio Hockey Classic because of injury, marking first games he missed as a Buckeye ... set up both goals in Ohio State's 2-1 win over Union Dec. 10 ... also had assists vs. Michigan State Feb. 9, Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 14, Lake Superior State Nov. 19 and at Western Michigan Oct. 29 ... third on the team with 31 recorded blocked shots ... career-high 15 penalty minutes at Northern Michigan Feb. 24 ... +6 on the year, with 11 games with a +1 or better rating ... +2 against Union Dec. 10 and Alaska Jan. 20 ... had just six minus ratings ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2004-05 (Freshman Season) Played in all 42 games, with 1-5-6 totals ... posted an assist at Lake Superior State Feb. 5 ... had a goal and three assists for career-best four points in Oct. 21 win over Miami; goal came shorthanded and was the gamewinner ... added an assist vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6 ... career-best +3 in the 9-3 win over Miami and had a +2 outing vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 14 ... had just eight minus ratings ... part of the Buckeye penalty-kill unit ... won 56.5 percent (321-247) of his faceoffs on the season while taking third-most draws on the squad ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Prior to Ohio State Played for the USHL's Chicago Steel in 2003-04, posting 46 points on 22 goals and 24 assists ... also recorded 54 penalty minutes while playing in 59 regular-season games ... served as an alternate captain on the squad that captured the 2004 USHL Eastern Conference regular-season title ... received the Steel's Purple Heart Award, given to the player who best demonstrates perseverance and consistency ... played for Team World in the 2004 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game ... played for the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League in 2002-03, posting 56 points in 53 games to rank second on the team ... earned NAHL All-Rookie Team honors and was the league's player of the month in February 2003 ... played for the U.S. squad in the 2002 Under-18 Junior World Cup in Czech Republic and Slovakia ... named to the squad for the 2002 Select 17 World Tournament after his team won the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival ... competed for Team Illinois (AAA) in 2001-02, with 23-30-53 totals in 51 games ... graduated from Naperville Central High School in 2004 ... also played golf.

Off the Ice Born Nov. 2, 1985 in Downers Grove, Ill. ... enjoys working out, bike riding, sports and golf ... son of Diana and Mark McIlvane ... has a pet rabbit, Petie ... majoring in sport and leisure studies.