Regarded by his teammates as the hardest hitter and the player with the hardest shot on the team ... is a big soccer fan and would like to play soccer at OSU if he wasn't on the hockey squad ... was on a search and rescue team that looked for missing hikers, the group would take a helicopter to the top of a mountain and trek down through glaciers and creeks, searching day and night, for the hikers ... trained in Vancouver with NHL players Trevor Linden, Kris Beech, Dan Cloutier and others ... describes himself as "a hard worker that is strong and has touch around that net and also loves to hit" ... takes karate classes ... Favorites: Music - rock; Vacation Spot - a cabin on the lake outside Kamloops where his family goes to fish and relax; Food - steak and baked potato; Book - Angels and Demons; Music - rock (Nickelback, Creed, Default); Movie - Gladiator; Television Show - Punk'd; Actress - Ashley Judd; Actor - Anthony Hopkins; Team - Calgary Flames; Athlete - Jarome Iginla because "he's a complete player with a quick, hard shot;" Quote - "Do everything to the best of your ability. Let the path lead you where it takes you, have confidence, patience and courage." ... hometown of Kitimat is a small, northwest town with about 10,000 people surrounded by mountains and has the largest grizzly bear population per capita in Canada; it is a great fishing location that draws tourists from all around the world, especially Europe; it also has two hockey rinks, which makes for a lot of free ice time.
Ohio State Career
Serving as an alternate captain for the squad for the second year ... 2005 Second Team All-CCHA honoree after almost doubling his point totals from his sophomore to junior seasons ... has missed just one game in his career ... earned 2004 CCHA Super Six All-Tournament Team honors ... OSU's Most Improved Player as a freshman.
2004-05 (Junior Season)
Second Team All-CCHA choice ... ended the year second on the team with career-best 41 points and second with 22 goals ... goals were the third-highest total in the program in the last six years ... 10th in the CCHA in scoring in conference games, tying for second in goals with 18 ... ranked fifth in the league in goals in all games ... tied for fourth in the nation with 13 power-play goals; second in the CCHA overall and was first in league play (12) ... 13 ppg tied for seventh in OSU history in a single season ... had 4-6-10 points in last 10 games, with at least one point in seven; +1 or better in six ... had a point in all but 11 games on the year ... had a helper on JB Bittner's goal vs. Michigan in the CCHA title game ... assisted on OT gamewinner vs. Ferris State March 13 ... had 1-1-2, including the gamewinning, power-play goal vs. the Bulldogs March 11 in the CCHA series opener ... 2-1-3 vs. Miami March 4-5 ... three-point weekend at Michigan State; tied career best with two assists Feb. 18 and then scored a ppg Feb. 19 ... scored twice (5-on-5, pp/en) in win at Lake State Feb. 4 ... had three goals in home series vs. Michigan; scored on the power play Jan. 21 and then scored twice Jan. 22 ... scored a goal at Clarkson Dec. 10 for 50th career point; added an assist in the game for a two-point night ... played in 100th career game vs. Alaska Fairbanks Dec. 4 ... scored gamewinner vs. UAF Dec. 3 in the third period ... injured shoulder in season opener vs. New Hampshire and forced to miss the St. Cloud State game, marking the first game he missed as a Buckeye and ended streak of consecutive games played at 86 ... had 1-2-3 totals Oct. 21 vs. Miami to tie career high; scored the only two goals (on the power play) Oct. 22 at Miami as OSU won 2-1 ... earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and INCH National Player of the Week accolades after the Miami series ... led the team and ranked second in the CCHA with career-high 200 shots, the second-highest total in the OSU record book, behind only R.J. Umberger's 217 in 2002-03 ... +3 in the Ohio Hockey Classic, including season-high tying +2 vs. Minnesota State.
2003-04 (Sophomore Season)
Saw action in all 42 games, with career-best 10 goals, 12 assists and 22 points ... named to CCHA All-Tournament Team after posting 2-3-5 totals in the three games combined ... had a career day in the semifinals vs. Miami, with a goal and a career-best two assists, three points and +3 rating ... four-game scoring streak (2-4-6) was stopped in NCAA tournament shutout loss ... had a five-game (3-2-5) scoring stretch stopped in Jan. 24 MSU game; scored a goal in each game at Michigan (Jan. 9-10), followed by an assist in each game vs. Lake Superior State (Jan. 16-17) and the late goal vs. MSU Jan. 23 ... had a four-game point streak (2-2-4) ended at Miami Dec. 6 ... two-point night vs. UAF Oct. 31, with a goal and an assist ... two-point weekend out east, scoring vs. Colgate and posting an assist vs. Cornell ... also scored against Notre Dame Oct. 10 and vs. Miami Dec. 5 ... even or better in 30-of-42 games ... +1 or better in six of last nine contests ... third on the team with 113 shots, including four games with five shots and a career-best six shots at Ferris Feb. 6 and vs. ND March 18.
2002-03 (Freshman Season)
Only Buckeye freshman to play in all 43 games ... ended the year with 8-3-11 totals ... assisted on R.J. Umberger's third-period gamewinner in the playoffs vs. Nebraska-Omaha March 15 ... had a career-best two goals March 7 vs. Michigan, including one on the power play ... scored the game-tying goal with 46 seconds remaining vs. WMU Feb. 7; OSU went on to win the contest in overtime ... had a goal and an assist vs. BGSU Jan. 16 for first career multiple-point game; also was +3 in the contest ... scored first goal as a Buckeye in the third period of the second game at Ferris State (Nov. 23) ... second goal of the season came Dec. 14 vs. UNO ... first career game-winning goal was against Princeton (Jan. 3) ... assisted on an Umberger power-play goal at NMU March 1 ... also scored vs. UAF Feb. 22 ... even or better in 30-of-43 games.
Prior to Ohio State
Began the 2001-02 season with the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) but was traded to the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) for the playoff run ... posted 31 goals, 43 assists and 74 points, as well as 70 PIM, in 2001-02 ... earned the Coaches Choice Award ... in 2000-01, recorded 14-21-35 totals for Prince George ... was the Spruce Kings' captain in 2001-02 ... a member of Team Pacific, the silver medalist at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in 2001 ... voted to the 2002 BCHL All-Star Game ... BCHL First Team All-Star in 2002 ... named the Spruce Kings Rookie of the Year in 2001 ... also played soccer and was a member of Team North at the B.C. Summer Games ... on the baseball team that placed second at the B.C. Provincials ... graduated from Mount Elizabeth Secondary School in 2002.
Off the Ice
Son of Fred and Nancy Pelley ... father participated in the first Canada Games, competing in shot put and javelin ... has a brother, Ryan (19), a student at Mount Royal College ... born Sept. 1, 1984 in Kitimat, British Columbia ... has a dog, Trooper, and a cat, Buster ... enjoys hiking, fishing, soccer and spending time out at a lake ... cousin Paul Clatney played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League ... sport and leisure studies major.
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My Gameday - Austin Pooley