|BIRTHPLACE:||Evanston, IL, USA|
|DRAFTED:||SJS: 2008-177 overall|
|2011-12: 4th on the team in hits (102) in just 33 games…Sharks nominee for the Masterton Trophy for his work as an advisory board member on the You Can Play Project…Missed five games (March 13 - 20) due to an upper body injury…Scored just 1:23 into the game in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota, his third career goal…Had his first career multi-point game (1-1=2) on Feb. 16 at Tampa Bay…Activated from Injured Reserve on Feb. 13 and played at Washington…Scored his first career NHL goal in his native state of Illlinois on Jan. 15 at Chicago…Recalled to San Jose on Jan. 5…Reassigned to Worcester on Oct. 22…Recorded his first career point with an assist in the season opener on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix...Playoffs: Recorded the primary assist on Desjardins’ goal that sent Game 1 of the WCQF at St. Louis to overtime in his first career postseason game...T-3rd on the team in plus/minus (+1).
CAREER 2010-11: Appeared in five games for San Jose in his first professional season...Made his NHL debut on Oct. 8 at Columbus in Stockholm...AHL: Posted 33 points (17-16=33) in 69 games with Worcester... Worcester Sharks Rookie of the Year…3rd amongst team in goals scored and first with four game winners…Fired a Worcester season high 9 shots on goal against Portland on April 5... Had a three game goal scoring streak (4-0=4) snapped on March 18.…Scored first pro power play goal vs. Connecticut on March 13…Received first professional fighting major penalty vs. Andrew Bodnarchuk at Providence on Jan. 16…Scored first professional goal, the game-winner, at 14:24 of third period against Norfolk on Oct. 24.
2009-10: Miami’s team captain was named to the 2009-10 CCHA All-Conference Second Team and the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward...Named an Inside College Hockey Third Team All-American…Helped Miami reach the Frozen Four for the second consecutive season…Set career highs in goals, assists and points…Scored four goals and added an assist on Dec. 11 vs. Ohio State and was named the first star.
2008-09: One of six players on Miami to play in all 41 regular season games…Amongst team leaders: T-7th in goals, fifth in assists and points and first in PIM…Notched a career-high four points against RPI on Dec. 14…Playoffs: Recorded two assists vs. Denver on March 27.
2007-08: Finished third amongst team freshmen in points...T-3rd on team in goals...T-30th among freshmen in the nation in points per game (.69)...Scored 12 even strength goals.
2006-07: Named Most Valuable Player of the East Division team at the 2007 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game...USHL Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31).
PERSONAL: “Wings” lists these favorites: Jason Aldean (musician); “Tommy Boy” (movie); “Entourage” (television show); Chicago Blackhawks (NHL team while growing up); Chicago (NHL road city); Miami University (Ohio) (professional/collegiate team); football (sport other than hockey); Morton’s- The Steakhouse (San Jose restaurant); Florida (vacation spot); ESPN.com (website); sushi (foods); Christmas (holiday); “Live everyday like it’s your last” (saying); Sports Illustrated (magazine); Scrabble (board game)…likes to watch sports and read books in his spare time…first job: mowing lawns… most memorable NHL moment: first game (in Sweden on Oct. 8, 2010 vs. Columbus)…hockey idol is Steve Yzerman…favorite professional athlete is NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan…hates when people have too many superstitions…hidden talent is his ability to speak Chinese…would’ve wanted to meet George Washington because he was one of the founding fathers of the United States…can speak three languages: Chinese, French, and English…most famous person in his cell phone directory: teammate Joe Thornton…golf handicap is 12 and he likes to play anywhere in San Jose…started skating at five and playing hockey at 6…would have been an accountant if not for hockey…stick blade pattern he uses is a Sakic 90 flex…wears Bauer Vapor 60 skates, size 11…oldest piece of equipment is his three-year-old shin pads.