Began skating at age 3 and playing hockey when he was 5 ... father introduced him to the sport by taking him to Omaha Lancers games when he was a kid ... favorite player is Jed Ortmeyer because he is also from Omaha and an idol ... summer work has included a cleaning service, mowing lawns, hockey camps and FSI Nutrition ... Pick one: Television shows - Entourage and The League; Movie - Wedding Crashers; Celebrity - Mark Wahlberg; Vacation spot - California; Music - Country; Professional Team - Detroit Red Wings; Sport other than hockey - football.
Ohio State Career: Named program's 2011-12 Best Defensive Player ... CCHA Rookie of the Month and league rookie of the week selection ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.2013-14 (Junior Season): Played in first 16 games of the year, 4G, 10A, 14P, ranking 4th on team in points; 1st on team with +13 mark, ranking t-5th in the B1G (only non-Minnesota players in Top 8) ... 7th in B1G with .62 assists per game, 10th in assists, t-14th in points ... +2 or better in four games and even or better in all 16 games ... B1G Third Star of the Week 12/31 after 5P (one goal and four assists) and +2 mark in series; career-high three assists in game one 12/28, with 1-1-2 line 12/29; +1 in each game ... two assists 11/9 vs. Niagara, with +1 mark ... B1G First Star of the Week 10/29 after league-best two goals, tying conference high with three points, in series vs. Robert Morris 10/25-26 ... goal and assist for two points 10/29 vs. Bowling Green, with +2 rating ... three points 10/25 vs. Robert Morris, with two goals and +3 mark ... Assist vs. Miami 10/11 and vs. Minnesota Duluth 11/1 (+1 vs. the Bulldogs) ... +2 mark 11/15 vs. Canisius ... 13 blocked shots, with two in three games.
2012-13 (Sophomore Season): Played in 22 games, with two goals, five assists and seven points ... missed 16 games because of an injury suffered Oct. 27 vs. Bowling Green ... scored ENG to seal game two win vs. Ferris State in CCHA quarterfinals March 16, +1 in the contest ... career-high three points vs. Notre Dame Feb. 1 (all on the same major power play), with a goal and two assists ... assist Feb. 16 vs. Western Michigan ... assist and +1 Jan. 11 at Ferris State and Jan. 26 vs. Lake Superior State ... +1 at Alaska Feb. 9 and at Miami March 2.
2011-12 (Freshman Season): Played in 32-of-35 games ... five goals, five assists and 10 points with team-best +5 mark ... received team's Best Defensive Player award ... five points, with three goals and two assists, and +5 rating in five games (including four-game point streak) in December to pick up CCHA rookie of the month honors ... named CCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 3 after goal, assist and +3 mark vs. Robert Morris Dec. 30 ... scored gamewinning goal and added an assist Nov. 12 vs. Northern Michigan; +1 in the game ... first career goal and point was gamewinner in 2-0 win at Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 5; +1 in the contest ... power play goal vs. Miami Dec. 9 and +1 mark at Miami Dec. 10 ... goal and +1 rating vs. Lake Superior State Dec. 3 ... helper and +1 Nov. 19 at Michigan and Jan. 28 at Lake Superior State ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played four years in the USHL, two with Cedar Rapids and two with the Omaha Lancers ... skated in 215 career USHL games, with 58 goals, 45 assists and 103 points ... had career-best 42 points, with 24 goals and 18 assists, in 2010-11 ... named Forward of the Year and received the Phil Todd Scholarship his final year ... a USHL Midseason All-Star ... won a gold medal in 2008 World Junior A Challenge ... received RoughRiders' Unsung Hero Award during 2007-08 season ... had 20 points, with 10 goals and 10 assists, for the Lancers in 2009-10 ... posted lines of 10-8-18 and 14-9-23 for the RoughRiders in 2008-09 and 2007-08, respectively ... earned league's player of the week award in 2009 ... graduated from Kennedy High School in 2008.
Off the Ice: Son of Paul and and the late Michele... has two siblings, Andy, a financial advisor, and Megan, a student at Nebraska-Omaha ... business - finance major ... enjoys hunting and fishing ... cousins Nick and Chris Greisen both played professional football.
Stats and bio updated through Jan. 9, 2014