• Kerdiles has committed to playing at the University of Wisconsin in the fall.
• In 2011-12, he led the U.S. National Under-18 squad with 42 points (20-22--42) in 50 games. His seven power-play goals also paced the team, while he ranked second with four game-winners.
• He finished the 2010-11 season in a three-way tie for second on U.S. Under-17 team with 20 points (12-8--20) in 32 games.
• Kerdiles won gold at both the 2011 and 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championship. He played with teammates, and fellow 2012 NHL Draft prospects, Jacob Trouba and Brady Skjei at the 2012 tournament. Kerdiles recorded five points (2-3--5) in the gold-medal game against Sweden.
• He also played for Team USA at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he scored the overtime winner in the semifinals. He finished the tournament with four points (two goals, two assists) in five games.
• Kerdiles started playing roller hockey when he was six, but moved to ice hockey at age eight – “I got started with hockey through my next-door neighbor, who was playing roller hockey at the time [and] would invite me over to play every day.”
NHL player: Mike Modano, Evgeni Malkin NHL team: Dallas Stars Shootout move: Fake shot, backhand, forehand, top shelf Goal celebration: Grab the ice, throw up your arms Video game: Mario Kart Movie: The Hangover TV show: Deadliest Catch Actor: Adam Sandler Cartoon character: Spongebob Squarepants Website: Facebook Pump-up song: “The Catalyst (Techno Version)” – Linkin Park Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse Sport (other than hockey): Football Breakfast food: Crepes Place to visit: France (where most of his family lives)
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk