• Santini will attend Boston College in the fall. His father, Steve, played for the University of Maine in the 1980s before opening an arena in New York.
• He moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2011 to join the U.S. National Team Development Program. Santini won silver medals at the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Championship and 2013 Under-18 World Championship, where was named the tournament’s best defenseman after finishing with a plus-8 rating and leading all skaters in ice-time (163:35) in seven games.
• A Westchester Express minor hockey product, Santini grew up idolizing Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf and his most memorable on-ice moment was winning the New York State Under-14 Championship.
NHL team: New York Rangers NHL player: Dion Phaneuf Shootout move: “Datsyuk move” Goal celebration: “Jump into glass” Video game: NHL 13 Movie: Slap Shot TV show: NHL on the Fly Actor: Adam Sandler Musician: Rick Ross Website: YouTube Pump-up song: “Ima Boss” by Rick Ross Home-cooked meal: Meatloaf
Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.
— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild