Began in the sport at age 4 because he wanted to play hockey like his brother, also motivated by watching Don Cherry and his Rock'em Sock'em Hockey... favorite player is Martin St. Louis because he was never drafted because of his size and is now a well-deserved star in the NHL ... has worked staking gold claims in the Yukon; job entails walking mountains and claiming land on helicopters each day ... Pick One: Snack food - pistachios; Television Show - Entourage; Movie - Anchorman; Celebrity - Will Ferrell; Ice cream flavor - chocolate chip cookie dough; Vacation spot - Okanagan, British Columbia; Music - Guns n Roses and Dierks Bentley; Professional Team - Vancouver Canucks; Sport other than hockey - motocross.
Ohio State Career: 2013-14 (Junior Season): Played in 12 of first 16 games (DNP 10/25 vs. Robert Morris, 11/9 vs. Niagara, 11/16 vs. Canisius, 12/2 vs. Michigan); career-high four goals ... goal in each game vs. Mercyhurst 12/28-29, with +1 mark in both contests ... 3rd period GWG 10/29 vs. Bowling Green ... goal early in the 3rd period on 10/11 vs. Miami.
2012-13 (Sophomore Season): Played in 26 games, with three assists ... shorthanded assist vs. Notre Dame Feb. 2, with +1 mark ... assist and +1 Jan. 11 at Ferris State ... assist and +2 Nov. 23 vs. Lake State ... +1 rating Jan. 26 vs. Lake Superior State.
2011-12 (Freshman Season): Played in 23 games, including 17 of last 21 ... goal, three assists and four points on the year ... first career goal was overtime gamewinner at Miami Dec. 10 ... assist vs. Quinnipiac Oct. 8 in first career game ... assist and +1 at Western Michigan Feb. 10 ... helper at Michigan Nov. 19 and +1 in game one vs. the Wolverines Nov. 18.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent four seasons with the Powell River Kings in the BCHL, with the team winning the Coastal Conference championship and reaching the Fred Page Cup finals his last three campaigns ... in his time with the Kings, broke the team's point and assist records ... team-best 58 assists and 86 points in 56 regular-season games in 2010-11 en route to Coastal Conference All-Star accolades ... 19 postseason points, including 10 goals ... as assistant captain in 2009-10, played in 56 games, recording team-best 66 points on 16 goals and 50 assists and shared Playoff MVP honors ... registered 20-30-50 line while playing in 60 games in 2008-09, shared team's Unsung Hero award ... skated in 40 games his first year with the squad and had 18 points, including six goals... graduated from Brooks Secondary School in 2008 ... also played soccer and lacrosse and participated in motocross.
Off the Ice: Son of George and Sam ... has an older brother Ryan ... geological sciences major and aims to become a geologist after his hockey career is complete ... enjoys fishing, dirt biking, boating and hunting.
Stats and bio updated through Jan. 9, 2014