Favorite hockey player is Wayne Gretzky ... describes himself as a player "who has quick tempo, sees the ice well and likes to create offense" ... started hockey at age 4 ... Favorites: Music - Snoop Dogg; Television Show - Entourage; Actor - Denzel Washington; Professional Athletes - Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan; Part of Campus - the Oval; Television Channel - MTV; Team - Toronto Maple Leafs; Food - pizza and eggs with ramen noodles ... cites speed as the greatest strength of his game ... most interesting place he has visited is Disneyland and favorite childhood memory is playing with his older brother.
Ohio State Career CCHA All-Rookie Team Honorable Mention in 2004 ... had 23 points in each of his first three seasons with the squad.
2005-06 (Junior Season) Led the Buckeyes with career-best 12 goals and was second on the team with 23 points ... ranked third (tied) with 11 assists ... team-best four power-play tallies ... played in 37-of-39 games ... goals in three of the last five games, tallying vs. Ferris State Feb. 18 and in both games at Northern Michigan Feb. 24-25 ... scored twice at Michigan Feb. 3 to earn first star of the game honors in Buckeye comeback win ... two-assist games at Miami Feb. 14 and Oct. 14 at Colorado College ... had six-game scoring streak Nov. 15-Dec. 2, with 3-4-7 totals in the stretch; opened streak with two goals vs. Michigan State Nov. 15, then had an assist in both games vs. Lake Superior State Nov. 18-19 and at Notre Dame Nov. 25-26 before scoring against Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 2 ... first star vs. Michigan State Nov. 15 after scoring twice in the third period to lead OSU to a comeback win; goals came on the power play and then 5-on-5 with less than three minutes remaining; two goals tied career high ... also scored against the Spartans Feb. 9 ... had 1-1-2 line and career-best +3 mark at Bowling Green Oct. 20, added an assist vs. the Falcons Oct. 21 ... ended the season +8, with just five minus ratings ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for February.
2004-05 (Sophomore Season) Had 4-19-23 totals in 40 games, setting a career high in assists and tying for career-best point total ... opened scoring in CCHA semifinal vs. Michigan State March 18 with a power-play goal ... 17 points (4-13) came on the power play ... had two assists in playoff series vs. Ferris State, setting up two of Mathieu Beaudoin's power-play goals; was +2 in the series ... six multiple-point games on the season ... posted an assist in each game vs. Bowling Green ... had a five-point weekend vs. Western Michigan; tied career best with 1-2-3 Jan. 28 and then added two assists Jan. 29 ... recorded two assists against Ferris State Jan. 7 and then career-best three helpers at Notre Dame Jan. 14 ... posted a goal and an assist in the tie at Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 20 ... career-high tying two assists in win over Sacred Heart Nov. 6 ... also scored at Ferris State Oct. 15, adding an assist in the second game vs. the Bulldogs ... had an assist in each game at Western Michigan (Oct. 29-30) ... second on the team with 36 penalties and ranked third with 83 penalty minutes ... missed Dec. 30 game vs. Colorado College with an injury ... suspended for the St. Cloud State game after receiving a game DQ for spearing at New Hampshire ... even or better in 29-of-40 games, including +2 in win at Notre Dame Jan. 14.
2003-04 (Freshman Season) Ended the year sixth on the squad and first among rookies with 23 points ... sixth on team with 11 goals and added 12 assists ... assisted on the overtime gamewinner in the CCHA Super Six quarterfinal against Notre Dame March 18 ... career-best two assists vs. Miami March 6 ... five-game scoring streak (6-3-9), with three consecutive multiple-point games, from Feb. 7-14 ... earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 15 after 3-1-4 effort in sweep of Nebraska-Omaha ... had two goals, including the gamewinner, Feb. 13 and a goal and an assist Feb. 14 vs. the Mavericks ... career-best two goals and three points Feb. 7 at Ferris State; had an assist in the opener for a four-point weekend ... scored at Bowling Green (Jan. 31) and in each game vs. Lake Superior State (Jan. 16-17) ... tallied gamewinner with less than a second remaining vs. Quinnipiac, breaking scoreless tie ... played in 41 of 42 games; healthy scratch at Cornell Nov. 22 ... tied for second on the team with four power-play goals ... scored first collegiate goal vs. Alaska Nov. 1; named first star of the game in the contest ... posted a point in first college game with an assist against Denver (Oct. 3) ... had just 11 minus ratings on the year, as well as six +1 outings and six +2 outings.
Prior to Ohio State Spent two seasons with the Cornwall Colts ... posted 50-63-113 totals in 48 games in 2002-03 to lead the league in points and earn Central Junior A Hockey League MVP honors ... captain of the all-star team ... led the league with 18 power-play tallies and ranked second with five shorthanded scores ... posted a 43-51-94 line in 2001-02 ... named MVP of the all-star game in 2001-02, the same year the Colts won the league title ... served as an assistant captain for the squad in his last season ... coached by Allan Wagar with the Colts ... graduated from Iona Catholic Secondary School in 2000 ... also played lacrosse and roller hockey.
Off the Ice Son of Beatrice Schembri ... has two brothers, Mike (26) and Brendon (18), and a sister, Holly (14) ... has two Newfoundland dogs, Murphy and Ralph, and two cats, Kalem and Mya ... born Aug. 10, 1982 ... enjoys listening to music and playing sports ... majoring in early childhood education.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers - Game Two