A fifth-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 ... favorite player is Ryan Smyth, "a character player who works hard all the time" ... describes himself as "a large, physical player who moves the puck well and works hard" ... played with fellow Buckeye senior Matt Waddell with the Vipers ... has had a number of different summer jobs, from working at a furniture store, to building cattle fence and working at a golf course ... Favorites: Book - A Time to Kill; Music - country, especially the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Movie - National Lampoon's Van Wilder; Television Show - That `70s Show; Television Channel - CBC; Sportscaster - Ron McLean; Actress - Angelina Jolie; Actor - Johnny Depp; Team - Edmonton Oilers; Web site - addictinggames.com; Meal - chicken parmesan ... coach he most admires is Darrel Mann, his midget coach ... most interesting place he's visited is Bathurst, New Brunswick ... would like to have dinner with Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Terry Sawchuck ... dream date is Julia Roberts ... dream car is a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT ... would like to play football at Ohio State if not on the hockey team ... says greatest strength of his game is passing ... bass player/guitarist in band Shorthanded with the Special Teams with teammates John Dingle and Johann Kroll and former Buckeye JB Bittner.
Ohio State Career 2004 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2005-06 (Junior Season) Played in first 23 games of the season, with career-high three goals ... added two assists for five points ... injured left wrist vs. Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 13 and forced to miss remainder of season ... scored Buckeyes' first goal of the campaign at Colorado College Oct. 14 ... other goals came vs. Lake Superior State Nov. 19 and Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 3 ... posted an assist and career-best +3 mark at Bowling Green Oct. 20 ... helper vs. Union Dec. 11 ... career-best five shots vs. Union Dec. 10 and added four in second game vs. the Dutchmen ... tied career mark with five shots against Bowling Green Jan. 7 ... ended the season +4 with just five minus ratings ... game misconduct for checking from behind at Miami Nov. 4 for career-high 15 penalty minutes ... had 37 penalty minutes on the year.
2004-05 (Sophomore Season) Played in 31 games, scoring a goal and adding four assists for five points ... played in last 24 games of the year; missed time because of a knee injury suffered in the season opener at New Hampshire (returned to action in second game vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6) ... had a helper on Tom Fritsche's goal vs. Ferris State March 13 in the CCHA tournament first-round game ... assisted on Dan Knapp's goal at Michigan State Feb. 18 ... scored only goal of the season vs. Bowling Green Feb. 12 on a breakaway ... posted first assist and point on the year against Michigan Jan. 22 ... added a helper vs. Western Michigan Jan. 29 ... +1 or better in 11 games and had just four minus ratings on the year ... career-high tying +2 vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6.
2003-04 (Freshman Season) Posted 2-5-7 totals in 30 games ... scored overtime gamewinner vs. Notre Dame in CCHA Super Six quarterfinals March 18; also had an assist in the game for first career two-point night ... career-high tying +2 and posted an assist at Western Michigan Feb. 21 ... recorded an assist vs. Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 13; +1 in each game vs. Mavericks ... had an assist and was +2 in the win over Bowling Green Jan. 31 ... first career point was a goal against Miami Oct. 4 in the Lefty McFadden Invitational ... had an assist at Michigan State Oct. 17 ... played in first seven games of the season before missing the Alaska and Northern Michigan series with an injury; returned to action vs. Michigan Nov. 15 ... even or better in 22-of-30 games, including +2 outings vs. Notre Dame Oct. 11, at BGSU Jan. 31 and at WMU Feb. 21 and eight +1 performances, including one in each playoff game vs. BGSU.
Prior to Ohio State Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 137th selection and the Hurricanes' sixth pick ... spent the 2002-03 season with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League ... tallied six goals and 22 assists for 28 points in 56 games and recorded 99 penalty minutes ... named 2003 Vipers' Rookie of the Year and was a first team all-star ... competed in the 2002 Air Canada Cup Regionals and the 2002 Air Canada National Championship ... played for Tisdale during the 2001-02 season, finishing with five goals and 18 assists in 42 games ... member of the 1999 provincial championship football and volleyball teams ... won national championship in midgets ... was an honor roll student throughout high school, attending in Melfort, Tisdale and Vernon.
Off the Ice Son of Rick and Gale Strachan, who both are teachers ... has a brother, Lindsay, who played football for the University of Saskatchewan ... born Oct. 30, 1984 ... hobbies include playing guitar, camping, snowboarding and sledding ... majoring in forestry and wildlife management ... nickname is Stracks.
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