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Senior (2004-05): Appeared in 13 games and started in nine...Went 4-4-3 with a 3.01 Goals Against Average...Had a .913 Save Percentage.
Junior (2003-04): Started 16 games in goal, appearing in three other games...Went 4-11-3 with a 3.36 Goals Against Average...Had a save percentage of .887 for the season.
Sophomore (2002-03): Two-time LSSU most valuable player appearing in 30 contests, starting 29...Went 4-23-3 with a 3.66 G.A.A. and a .904 Save %...Wins include Michigan State, Northern Michigan and 2003 NCAA Tournament participant Mercyhurst...Notched first career shut-out in a 2-0 win over Bowling Green (2/28)...Set a single-game school record with 60 saves in a 2-2 tie at Alaska Fairbanks (1/17)...Totaled 88 saves in the series at UAF to set a school record for most saves in a series...Stopped 35 shots in a 4-2 win over U.P. rival Northern Michigan (2/15).
Freshman (2001-02): Shared time with Terry Denike until emerging as the team's top goaltender in the CCHA Playoffs at Michigan...Named team MVP and Outstanding Freshman...Appeared in 21 contests and posted a 4-11-2 record...Averaged 3.06 goals against average with a .913 save percentage overall...Rated 12th in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in save percentage at .910...Totaled a season high and career-high 49 saves in a 3-2 victory over Bowling Green (11/24)...Recorded 39 saves to lead LSSU to a 4-3 win over Michigan in Game 1 of the CCHA First Round Playoff Series...Drafted in the eighth round (247th overall) by Vancouver in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Prior to LSSU: Played 28 contests for the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Hockey Association...Logged 1643 minutes with a 4.02 goals-against average.
Personal: Son of James and Karen Violin...Graduated from King City Secondary (King City, Ont.) in 2001...Enjoys golf, music, and soccer...Majoring in business administration...Father, James, lettered in track at Wilfred Laurier...Born February 8, 1982.
Favorite movie: Gone in 60 Seconds
Favorite superhero: Superman
Favorite band: U2
What I want to do after I graduate: Architecture
Favorite food: French toast
If I had one wish, it would be: World peace
Motto I live by: "Whatever it takes"
Best part of Taffy Abel Arena: Atmosphere
Advice I would give to youngsters: One step at a time
Most memorable college highlight: The Game One win against Michigan during playoffs.
Person who has made the biggest impact on my hockey career: My father
Best part of playing for Lake Superior State: The tradition
The person I would most like to meet: Patrick Roy
The most important lesson I have learned: Work for everything you earn
The game I am looking forward to most this season: Playoffs
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