A solid “defensive” defenseman . . . Should be a solid contributor on the blueline throughout the upcoming season and also is a proven offensive threat . . . Hopes to build upon his excellent first season collegiate campaign . . . A competitive, poised individual . . . Good one-on-one defender . . . Exceptionally-conditioned player . . . An extremely heady, calm performer in his own zone . . . Plays a physical style of hockey but is rarely penalized . . . Makes excellent first passes . . . A powerful skater who can clear the puck via the pass or by skating out of the zone . . . Understands his role. .
Co-winner of FSU’s Blue Line Competitive Award . . . Finished tied for fourth place among the Bulldogs’ top-scoring defensemen with 10 points in 29 games and tied for 12th in overall team points . . . His four multi-point game efforts tied for the fifth highest on the squad while his two game-winning lamplighters tied for top team honors . . . Accounted for the game-winning goal in the Bulldogs’ 5-2 decision at number-one ranked Notre Dame (2/23) and also provided an assist . . . Earned CCHA Rookie of the Week plaudits (2/5) after scoring twice in a 4-2 victory over Ohio State (2/2) and then helping Ferris kill off 10 of the Buckeyes’ 12 power-play chances, including three five-on-three man-advantage opportunities in a 6-2 win vs. Ohio State (2/3) . . . First collegiate points occurred on a pair of assists at Northern Michigan (1/6) and concluded the league outing at plus one . . . Chipped in with an assist apiece at Wayne State (1/13) and against Bowling Green State (2/17) . . . Netted a power-play score and supplied a helper at Western Michigan (1/23) . . . Tied for sixth place on the squad in power-play points with seven (2-5=7) . . . Finished with at least a plus one or better efficiency rating in seven contests . . . Produced five points (1-4=5) in eight January games and five (3-2=5) more in eight February appearances.
Spent the 2005-06 season with the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Green Bay (Wis.) Gamblers under coach Mark Mazzoleni . . . Produced 12 points(3-9=12) in 60 2005-06 outings . . . Recipient of team’s Most Determined Player Award for 2005-06 campaign . . . Played in 2004-05 for the Fairbanks (Alaska) Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) . . . Had three goals with 11 assists for 14 points in 56 games with the Ice Dogs coached by Rob Proffitt . . . Graduated in 2004 from Maple Grove (Minn.) High School . . . Earned St. Paul Pioneer Press all-state honorable mention and all-conference honors as a prep senior captain in 2003-04 with 34 points on nine goals and 25 assists in 27 outings . . . Three-year (2001-04) hockey letterwinner under coach Gary Stefano . . . Competed in football (2001-02) and baseball (2001-03) . . . His squirt A team won a national championship title (Silver Stick).
Born 2/16/86 in Minneapolis, Minn. . . . The son of Patrick and Sue Case . . . His father is a carpenter and mother a homemaker . . . Has two sisters and one brother . . . Likes hunting, fishing, ping pong and movies . . . Nickname is “Big Papa” or “Matty” . . . FSU Letters: One . . . Shoots: Right . . . Majoring in marketing. .