- United States
- Club / Team
- Boston University Terriers: United States
- Higher education
- Psychology - Boston University: United States
- Other sports
- His younger brother James has played ice hockey for the University of Wisconsin. (eliteprospects.com, 01 Jan 2018)
- Why this sport?
- "Hockey was just the thing. I was a rink rat. I liked being at the rink so much, and using a stick and puck instead of a ball."
- Awards and honours
- He was named a Top Three Player for the US team at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Canada, where they won the gold medal. (eliteprospects.com, 01 Jan 2018)
- Name of coach
- David Quinn [club], USA; Tony Granato [national], USA
- Preferred position / style / stance / technique
- Shoots left
- When and where did you begin this sport?
- He began playing as a child in New York state, near the Canadian border. "You really can't go five miles without seeing a rink around there. As a kid, I went to all of them. Wherever there was open ice, I was there."
- Other information
- NHL DRAFT
He was chosen by the Minnesota Wild in the second round, 50th overall pick, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. At the start of the 2017/18 season he had the chance to turn professional and join the Wild, but chose to stay at Boston University for at least another year. "I want to win a lot more championships [in Boston]. I want to find a way to create more offense for myself first, and be more of an impact player when I come in here [to the Wild]. I don't want to be average. I want to come in and have an impact for a while as soon as I can." (goterriers.com, 31 Dec 2017; nhl.com, 11 Aug 2017; startribune.com, 10 Jul 2017)
He became the first African-American player to be named to a US Olympic men's ice hockey roster when he was selected for the United States of America team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I've been able to accomplish a lot of good things and just allowing a lot of African-American kids who are younger than me who see what I'm doing, I hope that can be an inspiration for them." (espn.co.uk, 02 Jan 2018; twincities.com, 02 Jan 2018)