This season, May is tied for second on the team with 18 points, with eight goals and 10 assists. He scored the first shorthanded goal of his career last weekend against the Lakers.
What is your major … what do you plan on doing after your hockey career is over?
Human resource management … I would like for hockey to take me as far as I can go and ride it until the very end, but once the real world starts I am open to anything. I would like to do something in the business world that is related to sports.
It’s your senior season … how would you like to end your Buckeye career? What are your goals for the season?
I would love to end my career here with a win! That would come with the title of national champions. Personally, my goals are just to play the best I can knowing my best will help the team win. For the team it is to win everything – league, playoffs and the NCAA Frozen Four.
You got your 100th career point last weekend against Lake Superior State … was 100 points a goal when you got to Ohio State? How did it feel to join the century club?
To be completely honest I didn’t really think of it as a major goal until I was about 10 points away. However, the Friday night game against Lake State was pretty special and I was honored to join such a unique group of Ohio State players.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned at Ohio State?
Nothing is given to you and everything is earned. Take control of situations you face and enjoy every minute you have here with teammates and friends.
How old were you when you started playing hockey, and why did you start?
Growing up in Calgary on a lake it is only second nature to put on skates right after you learn to walk. I started playing for the same reason every kid does; it is the best sport in the world. It is hard to find anything as fun.
Why do you wear No. 9?
No real reason; it just looks good I think. I always switched as a kid after the numbers my favorite players wore. There was never just one. No. 9 just stuck and it worked so I stayed with it.
Who is your favorite hockey player and why?
There are so many players out there that are exciting to watch and I try to strive to be like. Being from Vancouver and seeing the Canucks the most often, I really liked how Todd Bertuzzi controls the game. I am awed by the things he can do because of his size. I look up to him because he’s got a good six inches and 50 pounds on me!
Who has been the biggest influence on your hockey career?
My parents have been my biggest support my whole life. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them. Sometimes it is hard to listen to the things they have to say but I know they are my biggest fans and are just trying to make me a better player and person.
You were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2002 … how did it feel to to get drafted?
It is any kid’s dream growing up to be drafted, no matter what round or team. I was very fortunate to be selected by the Maple Leafs. To become a part of their tradition and team was a tremendous honor.
How did you find out you had been picked by Toronto?
Funny story … it was the morning of the second day of the draft and since it was taking place in Toronto, it was early in Vancouver and I was sleeping while my parents were on the Internet watching the updates. About 10 a.m. my mom came in to wake me with the news … it might have been the best wake up call I have ever gotten!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Relaxing. With hockey and school there isn’t much free time so any spare time is spent watching TV or movies. In spring I get more more active in my free time; golf, lifting and waterskiing are my main priorities, next to school of course.
What is your college hockey highlight?
There are many but my first goal in college was pretty special. It was the overtime winner against the always top-ranked Maine Black Bears. What made it better was that my parents and brother were there and it was their first college game experience. I must say that left pretty big shoes to fill for the four years of hockey I still had left to play at the college level.
Who is the toughest CCHA opponent and why? Where is the toughest place to play in the league and why?
For Ohio State it seems to be Michigan. They seem to have our number and their building (Yost Ice Arena) makes it especially hard to beat them. You are playing against 20 players and 7,000 fans at the same time.
Why did you come to Ohio State?
The recruiting process is what got me here to begin with and then it was the arena, the athletic programs and how student-athletes are treated by the university and the city of Columbus.
You say you’re an avid and competitive water skier – how did you get involved in that?
I do enjoy water-skiing, which I started on the lake in Calgary. My godfather was a big reason and the fact my dad is in the wetsuit-manufacturing business helped too. I would say I am competitive but have never competed in a tournament. It is different being involved in an individual sport where the outcome is strictly based on personal performance. I was also lucky to continue my hobby here in Columbus, as my girlfriend was a member of the water-ski club team at OSU and she was able to hook me up with some people that could take me out on the Scioto River. This helps me fill any extra time in the spring.
Anything to add?
To everyone close to me thanks for the support! To the guys on the team it is four years I will never forget. Let’s finish on a winning note with a national title.