In his career, Andress, a 2001 CCHA All-Rookie Team Honorable Mention choice, has 67 points, on 13 goals and 54 assists. He had a career-best seven goals and 23 points as a junior. He has led the Buckeye defensemen in scoring each of the last three seasons.

It’s your senior season … how would you like to end your Buckeye career? What are your goals for the season?
The way I would like to end the season is by making a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four and playing our best hockey there. Hopefully we will end the year with a national championship.

How old were you when you started playing hockey and why did you start?
I was 3 years old. I started because what else is there for parents to do with their children, especially in a town with less than 6,000 people and especially in northern Ontario.

What is your major? What do you want to do once you’re done playing hockey?
My major is sociology. Hopefully after my time is up with hockey I can get into teaching.

Tell us about the rink you had in the backyard growing up …
I was 6 years old and my dad decided to build me a rink to keep me from playing with balls and pucks in the house. I had a rink in my backyard for 6 years and then I was able to play on the town rinks.

Who is your favorite hockey player and why? What’s your favorite team?
Ray Bourque is my favorite because he was the best defenseman of my time when I was a kid and I really enjoyed watching him. The Toronto Maple Leafs are my favorite team because my mother was from Toronto and that is what was on television in northern Ontario.

What is your college hockey highlight?
With the team, it was making it to the NCAA tournament last season. Personally, it was scoring the gamewinner as a freshman against Michigan at home.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy being with my girlfriend (Candice) and playing cards with the boys.

Who is the toughest CCHA opponent … why? Where is the toughest place to play in the league, and why?
Miami, because every year I have been here, they have always been close games and it’s an instate rivalry. The toughest place I’ve played was the old rink at Nebraska-Omaha because their fans were crazy and the atmosphere was amazing.

What is the best place hockey has taken you?
So far, it has brought me here to Ohio State, but I hope it will bring me to an even better place next season.

Why do you wear No. 77?
I wear 77 because Ray Bourque was the best that ever played the game at his position. I idolized him as a kid.

This season, the defensemen are jumping into the play more … how do you feel about that?
I love to join the rush and it is paying off for our “D.” This is the most points I have seen from our defensemen in the four years I have been here.

Where would you like to live in the future?
I would like to live somewhere it is not too cold and the atmosphere is great for hockey.

What is your hometown like?
My hometown is a place where a paper mill is the only thing that keeps the town going. I enjoyed growing up there because everyone knows everyone and that makes it a safe place to grow up in. Also, everyone either enjoys hockey or golf and those are the two major sporting attractions in the town. It helps to enjoy those two sports if you live in Iroquois Falls, because other than that there is not much else to do.