What brought you to Ohio State?
My sister (Samara) went to Ohio State and I made several visits to see her while she was here. I had a good time on my visits and liked the campus, especially the Schott.
Who has been the biggest influence on your hockey career?
The person that has been biggest influence on my hockey career is Larry Pedrie. When he was the coach at UIC (Illinois-Chicago) I skated in several of his clinics. He also coached me during my last year of midgets. He taught me a lot about the game, both the physical and mental aspects.
What is your major? What do you want to do once your hockey career is done?
My major is accounting. I am thinking of changing it to construction management with a business minor. When I graduate I would like to go into property development.
You got to eat lunch with the two people you call your heroes – your father and NHL star Jeremy Roenick. How did that happen? How did it go?
My dad worked in a building that was owned by Crain’s Communication and they put on luncheons with Chicago teams. The woman that ran the luncheons knew my dad and knew I played hockey. One day she ran into my dad and they started talking about the luncheons; she told my dad if I wanted to go to one she could get me a seat at one of the tables. She said the next one was with Jeremy Roenick, who was my favorite hockey player. When my dad and I showed up and found our seats, I was sitting right next to Roenick. It was awesome to be there and eat lunch with him. I brought all my hockey cards of him (which I think was around 70 or so) and he asked if I wanted him to sign any of the cards. I showed him all my cards and he signed every one of them. I got to talk hockey with him and my dad, which was the best part of the whole thing. Roenick told me his father was a big influence in his hockey career, just like my dad is for me.
You have said you enjoy watching reality television shows – which are your favorites? Would you want to appear on any, and which ones?
My favorite reality shows are “Fear Factor” and “The Amazing Race.” I would love to get a chance to go on “Fear Factor.” The physical tests would not be a problem but I don’t know about eating gross food or animal parts because I am a really picky eater.
Why do you wear No. 24?
I wear 24 because Cappy (senior Paul Capongri) wears 27, which was what I wore up until OSU. Larry Pedrie also wore 24 when he played college hockey.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Relaxing, watching TV and hanging out with my girlfriend
You played defense until juniors … why did you make the switch to forward? Which position do you like better (if you had a choice)?
My last year of midgets I pretty much played like a fourth forward on the ice. So, my junior and midget coaches said I should think about playing forward and my first year of juniors I moved to right wing. I like playing both; defense is more natural for me but if I had to choose it would be forward.
How did it feel to score your first goal as a Buckeye against defending national-champion Minnesota last season?
It was really good to get my first goal. My parents made the trip to Minnesota so it was nice having them there to see me score.
Where would you like to live in the future?
Somewhere warm – Tennessee would be nice. I am a big fan of county music so Nashville would be good.
How/why did you start playing hockey?
I started playing hockey because my sister started figure skating and my parents needed something to do with me while she was at the rink. The first time I skated I held on to the boards the whole time and I hated it. After a few more times on the ice I began to like skating and playing hockey.