Favorite part of the game of hockey is scoring goals and the part of his game that needs the most work is his shot ... one thing he can't live without is milk ... superhero quality he would want is mind reading ... says most successful hockey players he's skated with in pick-up games are Brian Holzinger and Dan Fritsche ... favorite American from history is Thomas Edison (because "who could do without light, seriously?") ... would most like to play with "the great one, Wayne Gretzky" ... says about his favorite Ohio State tradition "the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry and the football games in general. The tailgating and the atmosphere on campus for those Saturdays is incredible" ... favorite hockey player is Mike Modano, because he used to be a forward and his favorite team was Dallas ... best food he can make is mac and cheese ... started playing hockey at age 5, decided on the sport after father asked what sport he wanted to play in winter after football ... grew up playing with Buckeye classmates Patrick Schafer and John Albert ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - chocolate chip cookie dough; Holiday - Christmas; Buckeye jersey - old school whites with the old "O"; Spot on campus - apartment and the Schott; Vacation spot - Florida Keys; Television show - Family Guy; Movie - The Big Lebowski; Music - Dave Matthews Band; Homecooked meal - lasagna; Sport other than hockey - golf ... juggles a soccer ball before a game ... first pro sporting event he attended was a Cleveland Browns game in the old Municipal Stadium ... most productive spot to study is the library and college class he surprisingly liked was astronomy.
Ohio State Career: Honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie team choice ... Ohio State's 2010 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ... voted squad's Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player by his teammates as a junior.
2009-10 (Junior Season): Skated in all 39 games, posting a goal, nine assists and a +13 mark to rank second on team and lead blueliners ... +1 or better in seven of the last 14 games of the year ... five assists and points in CCHA playoff series vs. Notre Dame March 5-6; after an assist and +1 mark in the opener, had four helpers and a +5 rating in game two; four points were a career best after two two-point nights (entered weekend with three assists on the year) ... scored on the power play against Ferris State Jan. 29 ... assists against Denver Oct. 16, at Lake Superior State Oct. 24, at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 6 and in CCHA quarterfinals at Miami March 12 ... +1 or better in 14 games: +5 vs. Notre Dame March 6; +3 vs. both Northern Michigan Nov. 6 and at Ferris State Nov. 21; +2 vs. DU Oct. 16, Western Michigan Nov. 13, Alaska Feb. 13 and Western Michigan Feb. 19; just nine minus ratings on the year and five in the last 32 outings ... 41 recorded blocked shots, including four at Ferris State Nov. 20 and three vs. Miami Dec. 11 and Ferris State Jan. 30 ... played in 100th career game vs. Miami Dec. 11 ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice, as well as recipient of CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for Ohio State.
2008-09 (Sophomore Season): Played in 41-of-42 games on the year, with two goals, 11 assists and 13 points, along with +7 mark ... +1 or better in eight of last 16 games (+2 vs. Miami Feb. 27; +1 vs. Alaska Jan. 30-31, vs. Notre Dame Feb. 6/8, at Michigan State Feb. 14, vs. Michigan Feb. 21, vs. Bowling Green March 6) ... three points in playoff series vs. Bowling Green; career-high tying two points, with a goal and an assist, in opener March 6 and had a helper in game two March 7 ... scored first career goal on the power play in upset win at No. 2 Denver Oct. 25 ... assist and +1 at Michigan State Feb. 14 ... assist at Alaska Jan. 31 and +1 in each game vs. the Nanooks Jan. 30-31 ... assist at Bowling Green Jan. 9, along with career-high +3 mark ... assist in three of first four games on the year; helper vs. Miami Oct. 17 and in each game vs. Lake Superior State Oct. 17-18 ... also had assists at Michigan Oct. 31, vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6 and at Ferris State Jan. 17 ... +2 vs. Michigan State Nov. 8, vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6, vs. Army Jan. 2 and at Miami Feb. 27; +1 in 10 contests ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
2007-08 (Freshman Season): Played in 40-of-41 games, including last 39 consecutive ... had six assists on the year ... two assists vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 7 for first career multiple-point game ... assist in each game at Michigan Nov. 30-Dec. 1, marking first collegiate points ... also had helpers at Lake Superior State Jan. 25 and in playoff game at Northern Michigan March 8 ... +2 in each game vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 7-8, as well as vs. Alaska Jan. 5 and at Lake Superior State Jan. 26 ... eight +1 outings ... 32 recorded blocked shots on the year, with season-best five at Alaska Dec. 14 ... 40 shots on the year, with three at Minnesota Oct. 26 and vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 8 ... did not play at Miami Oct. 21 ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets in the USHL in 2006-07, ranking third on the squad with 25 points while playing in 60 regular-season games ... had a team-best 21 assists, including 10 on the power play ... five-time honorable mention USHL defenseman of the week ... played for the Cleveland Barons in 2005-06, posting 17 points, including 13 assists, in 58 regular-season games ... posted four points in 14 postseason games as the Barons won the North Division playoff championship ... graduated from Solon High School in 2005 ... also played baseball.
Off the Ice: Son of Timothy and Anne ...has an older sister, Jenn, a student at Kent State, and a younger sister, Becca ... has two pet cats ... loves the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers ... plays piano (although not very well) ... favorite things to do are hang out with friends and family, listen to music and watch movies.
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