Favorite part of hockey is the bonds with teammates ... one thing he can't live without is family ... superhero quality he would want is to fly ... lucky number is 23 because Chris Drury, his favorite player, wears it ... began playing hockey at age 5 because a friend at school asked him to come play with him ... has worked for a contractor in the summer and first job was painting houses ... best food he can cook is chicken and rice ... hometown of Rochester has a population of 208,000 and the Kodak film company was started there ... favorite hockey player is Chris Drury because "he is clutch, works hard and is humble" ... ... teammates with Buckeye junior Devon Krogh in Penticton ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - cookies and cream; Olympic spot to watch - swimming; Holiday - Thanksgiving; Buckeye jersey - alternate gray; Game as a kid - Clue; Movie - Forrest Gump; Television show - Family Guy; Music group - Dave Matthews Band; Professional team - Buffalo Sabres; Homecooked meal - steak and mashed potatoes; Sport other than hockey - tennis, baseball; Vacation spot - Lake Placid; Rink - Penticton Memorial Arena; Book - All the King's Men ... most important pregame ritual is a nap ... says best thing about being a Buckeye is playing at the Schott ... biggest risk taken was moving away from home after ninth grade ... first pro spots event he attended was a Chicago Cubs game.
Ohio State Career: Voted team's Most Improved Player by his teammates in 2010-11 ... two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2011-12 (Senior Season, through 12/10/11):Team Captain ...Has played in all 18 games, 3-1-4 line ...Career-high 2G (last two goals of game to secure win) vs. Northern Michigan 11/11, with +2 mark ...Goal vs. Quinnipiac (10/8) ...Assist and +1 vs. Alaska 10/28 ...+1 11/4 at Alabama-Huntsville and 12/10 at Miami.
2010-11 (Junior Season): Played in all 37 games; career-high four goals, seven assists and 11 points ... career-best three assists and points Jan. 21 vs. Notre Dame, along with +3 mark ... two points, with a goal and an assist, Jan. 15 at Western Michigan; +2 in the game ... scored first career shorthanded goal Feb. 12 at Michigan ... tallied empty-net goal with 2.2 seconds remaining to seal win vs. Michigan State Feb. 5; +1 in the game ... scored first goal of the season Nov. 6 vs. Alabama-Huntsville, +1 vs. the Chargers ... assist and +1 at Bowling Green Dec. 11 and vs. Lake Superior State Feb. 19 ... helper Jan. 1 at Vermont ... +1 at Michigan State Nov. 12 ... key penalty killer and had 20 recorded blocked shots ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
2009-10 (Sophomore Season): Played in 24 games, with a 2-2-4 line ... tallied unassisted and was +1 against Alaska Feb. 12; had career-high six shots in the game ... scored first career goal vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 7 in 5-4 win ... two assists at victory at Lake State Oct. 24 to mark career highs for goals and points ... skated in at least one game of 16-of-17 two-game sets during the regular season ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades and a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team.
2008-09 (Freshman Season): Played in 16 games on the year, with two assists ... helper and +1 mark at Alaska March 14 in CCHA playoff quarterfinals, blocking three shots vs. the Nanooks ... won faceoff deep in Buckeye zone in final 30 seconds vs. Michigan Feb. 21 to help preserve win ... first career assist and point vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6, also +1 in the game ... +1 at Miami Feb. 27 ... 16 shots, including five at Michigan Oct. 31 ... played vs. Michigan Feb. 21 for first action since Dec. 13 vs. Bentley and in five of last eight games of the year, skating in series vs. Miami Feb. 27-28 and in all three games in playoff series at Alaska ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for the Penticton Vees in 2007-08, posting 23 goals and 25 assists in 60 games ... the Vees won the BCHL championship ... played at Northwood School in 2007 and had 26 goals and 41 assists in 42 games ... member of Northwood Invitational Championship team ... recipient of Northwood School Malcom Sportsmanship Award ... graduated from Northwood School in 2007 ... also played soccer at Northwood and was the 2006 Old Forge Tournament MVP.
Off the Ice: Son of James, a deputy sheriff, and Anita, a medical office manager ... has an older brother, Ryan, a 2008 graduate of LeMoyne College ... enjoys soccer, tennis and playing the guitar.
First Goal - Nov. 7, 2009 vs. Northern Michigan
First Assist - Dec. 6, 2008 vs. Robert Morris
Goals - 2 (11/11/11 vs. Northern Michigan)
Assists - 3 (1/21/11 vs. Notre Dame)
Points - 3 (1/21/11 vs. Notre Dame)
PIM - 4 (1/28/11 at Alaska)
Shots - 6 (2x, 11/6/10 vs. Alabama-Huntsville; 2/12/10 vs. Alaska)
Plus/Minus - +3 (1/21/11 vs. Notre Dame)
Bio and stats updated 12/23/11