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Position: Right Wing
Birthdate: Apr. 16, 1988
2005-06 Club: Des Moines (USHL).
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Nickname is Opo Bro because “Trevor Lewis called me it one day and it stuck” ... favorite team is the Colorado Avalanche ... favorite player is the Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin ...wears jersey number 8 because of “Great 8” (Ovechkin) ... says that his father has been the most influential on his career because “he has always been there to push me and challenge me” and admires him for “always working for what he gets” ... patterns his ]game after Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg because “he can do it all” ... most memorable hockey game played was the National Championship Finals in 2005 because his team won 7-0 ... most memorable hockey games watched are Colorado vs. Detroit playoff games because “they are always great” ... favorites include: The O.C. (TV show), Wedding Crashers, Sandlot (movies), Eva Mendes (actress), and Bone Thugs(musical group) ... if he could have dinner with any three people they would be: Michael Jordan – “unbelievable athlete and leader,” Phil Esposito – “want to ask him about his career,” and Mario Lemieux –“one of the best ever.”
Central Scouting Report:
Report: Is a strong powerful skater with a verygood burst of speed who comes off the boards and out of the cornersusing his good balance and strength to hold off opponents ...drives hard to the net and is difficult to contain while displaying very quick hands both when stick-handling in traffic and releasing his shot on net ... reads the play extremely well both on the offense and on defense and makes players around him better by doing smart things without the puck ... plays on both the power-play and penalty killing units and is very dangerous when the game is on the line ... is capable of dominating offensively when he has the puck ... likes the physical game and has a “no quit” attitude ... knows his defensive responsibilities, blocks shots and is tenacious in his coverage in front of the net ... is a fearless competitor who has lots of stamina and durability and leads by example ... a member of the 2005 U.S. Under-18 Select Team in Piestany, Slovakia ... played on the USHL Viking Cup team 2006 ... played in the 2006 USHL All-Star Game .... selected to the USHL first All-Star Team and All Rookie Team ... named the USHL Rookie of the Year ... will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2006.
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