Quick, under-sized-but-gritty left winger who debuted in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres in 2008 and signed with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013.
He played hockey at Boston College.
He competed in the 2007 World Junior Championships for the United States.
His brother-in-law Billy Kochis was tragically killed in a car accident in 2013.
He says he patterns his game after Martin St. Louis, another small-but-fiesty winger.