Says the greatest strengths of his game are his desire to win and his competitiveness ... favorite hockey player is Jeremy Roenick for his style of play and because he grew up watching him play for Chicago ... played defense until being moved up to forward his first year of juniors ... got the chance to eat lunch with his two heroes, his father and Roenick ... played with Dartmouth's Eric Przepiorka and Jason Bacashihua of the NHL's Dallas Stars ... Favorites: Music - country, especially Kenny Chesney; Movies - Usual Suspects and Rounders; TV Show - Fear Factor; Actress - Charlize Theron; Actor - Edward Norton Jr.; Teams - any professional team from Chicago except the White Sox; Athletes - Kerry Wood, because he enjoys watching him pitch, and Roenick; Website - chicagocubs.com; Sportscaster - Pat Foley (Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster); Meal - mom's pepper steak; Vacation Spot - St. Mary's, Ohio ... hockey superstitions include putting on the right-side equipment and then the left, eating the same thing before every game when the team is at home, chewing gum during the whole game and tucking his jersey in on the left side.
Ohio State Career
Has improved goal, assist, point and games played totals each year.
2003-04 (Junior Season)
Career-best four goals (including two gamewinners), five assists and nine points in 37 games ... scored late third-period gamewinner vs. Miami March 6; had an assist in the game at Miami March 5 for two-point weekend ... scored in each game in the Buckeyes' sweep at Michigan State Oct. 17-18, including the gamewinner in game two ... tallied against Michigan Nov. 15 ... helpers came vs. Alaska Fairbanks Oct. 31, at Northern Michigan Nov. 8, at Cornell Nov. 22 and at Ferris State Feb. 7 ... first goal at Michigan State was on the power play, his first career extra-man tally ... even or better in 29 games, with 10 +1 outings.
2002-03 (Sophomore Season)
Earned CCHA All-Academic Team special mention honors ... played in 35 games, recording two goals and three assists for five points ... posted an assist on Chris Olsgard's goal to open the second game vs. Nebraska-Omaha in the playoffs ... had a career game vs. Michigan March 7, posting a goal and an assist for first multiple-point outing as a Buckeye ... scored a goal in the season-opener against defending national champion Minnesota ... had an assist vs. Clarkson Oct. 27 ... just two minus ratings on the year and posted eight +1 efforts.
2001-02 (Freshman Season)
Saw action in six games, posting one assist ... first collegiate appearance was vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 2; played the next weekend vs. Wayne State (Nov. 10) ... first career point was a helper on Ryan Smith's goal against Wayne State ... played in three consecutive games, appearing in both games of the Everblades College Classic and in the first game at Western Michigan Jan. 4... last played vs. Yale Jan. 20 ... two shots vs. Maine ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State
Played two seasons with the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League ... posted 10 goals and 18 assists and recorded 101 penalty minutes in 2000-01 ... had 24 points in first season with the team ... squad placed third at the Junior A National Championship ... Guy Perron, coach in Chicago, attended Maine ... listed greatest sports thrill as scoring the overtime gamewinner against Danville in the 2000 NAHL playoffs ... played lacrosse for Stevenson High School, earning MVP honors in 1996-97 ... graduated from Stevenson in 1999.
Off the Ice
Born Sept. 1, 1980 in Chicago ... son of Stephen and Nancy Spector ... has a sister, Samara (25), an Ohio State graduate who now attends Loyola Law School ... has a cat, Skates ... enjoys playing video games, cards and golf and watching any reality television show ... real estate major ... nickname is Big Kid.
My Gameday - Tim Adams