Second season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to an amateur tryout, 3/20/12…Released from tryout, 4/5/12…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 4/5/12…Assigned by Detroit, 9/14/12...Recalled by Detroit, 4/6/13...Assigned by Detroit, 4/7/13.
: Joined the Griffins on a tryout after concluding his junior year with Notre Dame, recording two points (1-1—2) in seven games…Made his professional debut, 3/22/12 at San Antonio…Tallied his first two AHL points, 3/31/12 vs. Oklahoma City…Made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in the team’s final regular season contest, 4/7/12 vs. Chicago, recording four penalty minutes and three shots…Notched a career-best 25 points (9-16—25) in 37 games in his final season with the Fighting Irish…Finished as a runner-up to current Griffin Luke Glendening (Michigan) for the CCHA Best Defensive Forward award…Ranked among team leaders with nine goals (4th), 16 assists (3rd), five power play goals (T3rd) and one shorthanded goal (2nd)…Opened the season with a pair of two-point games while recording 12 points (4-8—12) in his first 10 games overall, 10/14/11-11/15/11…Registered 21 points (7-14—21) in the team’s first 20 games, 10/14/11-1/7/12…Notched a season-high three points (2-1—3), 1/7/12 at Minnesota. 2010-11
: Notched 22 points (5-17—22) in 40 games with the Fighting Irish as a sophomore…Finished seventh on the team in scoring…Recorded assists in each of the team’s first three games, 10/8/10-10/14/10…Racked up a collegiate career-high four points (1-3—4), 1/7/11 at Northern Michigan…Contributed four multi-point games overall…Tallied five points (2-3—5) in a five-game stretch, 3/13/11-3/27/11, to help Notre Dame earn a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four, where it lost in the semifinal round to eventual champion Minnesota-Duluth. 2009-10
: Recorded 17 points (6-11—17) for Notre Dame as one of the youngest players in the NCAA, beginning his collegiate career at the age of 17…Tied for fourth on the team with three power play goals and ranked second with 96 shots…Tied for the team lead in scoring by freshman…Scored his first collegiate goal in his first game, 10/9/09 vs. Alabama-Huntsville…Racked up an early-season five-game point streak, with five points (1-4—5) from 11/14/09-11/27/09. 2008-09
: Logged 40 games for St. Catharines in Canada’s junior B ranks and recorded a team-high 73 points (27-46—73)…Honored with the Ontario Hockey Association Junior B Top Prospects Award following the season in a presentation at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
: Lives in St. Catharines, Ontario…Has two dogs, Rikar and Gilly…Has one sister, Karli, who rowed at the University of Texas…Related to Rocky DiPietro, a Hall of Fame CFL player…Best friend in hockey is Taylor Beck…Greatest hockey memory is making the Frozen Four with Notre Dame…Began playing hockey at the age of four…Hockey nickname is Riles…Hockey idols as a youth were Peter Forsberg and Steve Yzerman…Chose his jersey number in honor of Yzerman and Joe Sakic because they were two great leaders…Plans to coach or teach after his playing career…First job was teaching children to skate…Proudest achievement is playing his first game with the Red Wings…Favorite charitable causes are ones that help sick children…Most exciting thing he’s done is go mountain climbing in Colorado…If he could trade occupations for one day, he would be a singer/songwriter…Played basketball, lacrosse and soccer growing up…Favorite foods are pizza and chicken wings…Favorite music artist is John Mayer…Favorite movie is End of Watch
…Favorite TV show is Wake Brothers
…Favorite websites are Facebook and Twitter…Roots for the University of Notre Dame…Enjoys watching football and basketball.