Graduates include All-Americans and academic standouts
Ohio State scores final three goals, including third period gamewinner from Wiitala
Forward duo among 12 B1G players recognized
Players focus on learning both on and off skills
Trio to wear Cs in 2015-16
Ohio State 6, Michigan 5 OT
Buckeyes Fall to Michigan State, 4-2 (photo credit Ric Kruszynski)
Penn State 3, Ohio State 2 OT
Ohio State 4, Canisius 1
Buckeyes vs. Mercyhurst
Attended Detroit Red Wings prospect camp in Summer 2015, as well as trained with HIFK Helsinki ... born in Queens, N.Y., moved to Minnesota at age 12 to attend Shattuck St. Mary’s … started skating at age 4 after watching the New York Rangers on TV … highlight of hockey career was representing the United States overseas with the U17 National Team… parents have had a huge impact on him as a person by being his biggest fans… favorite hockey player is Zach Parise because of the way he conducts himself on and off the ice … favorite thing about hockey is the atmosphere and speed of the game … Pick One: Movie – Warrior; Television show – Entourage; Professional team – New York Rangers; Ice cream flavor – chocolate chip cookie dough; Celebrity – Mark Wahlberg; Sport other than hockey – baseball.
Ohio State Career: Team captain for 2015-16 ... selected a 2015-16 Big Ten Presason Player to Watch ... two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice ... 2015 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... received team’s Most Improved Player award as a sophomore ... seven of 25 career goals are gamewinners.
2014-15 (Junior Season): Played in all 36 games ... led Buckeyes with career-high 15 goals, tying for fifth in the Big Ten ... second on the squad with 23 points ... Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... three gamewinning goals to tie for fifth in the Big Ten, including two in overtime (one of six NCAA players with two or more overtime gamewinners) ... one of nine NCAA players with two hat tricks during the year ... fifth in NCAA with 4.33 shots on goal per game ... point in five of last eight games ... hat trick, including overtime gamewinner, vs. Providence in season opener Oct. 10, earning NCAA Third Star of the Week honor ... hat trick against Michigan Jan. 16, including first career shorthanded goal; had Value City Arena record 12 shots on goal in the game ... first Buckeye with two hat tricks in a year since at least 1997-98 ... scored overtime gamewinner at Penn State Jan. 9 ... notched gamewinner with 40 seconds left in 3-2 win at Bowling Green Nov. 14 ... three assists in sweep of Penn State Feb. 27-28, with two assists in game two; +1 mark in each game ... three points in Shillelagh Tournament Nov. 28-29, with power play goal vs. Western Michigan and two assists vs. Notre Dame ... goal Feb. 6 at Minnesota, with assist in game two ... assist in game one, goal and +3 mark in game two vs. Minnesota March 6-7 ... goal Feb. 14 vs. Wisconsin and Dec. 5 at Michigan, with a power play tally at Miami Oct. 18.
2013-14 (Sophomore Season): Voted squad’s Most Improved Player by his teammates ... played in 33 of 37 games ... skated in last 25 games of the year ... five goals and 10 assists for 15 points ... sealed win over No. 1 Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with an empty-net goal with 27 seconds remaining ... scored gamewinner Feb. 1 vs. Penn State; goal broke a two-all tie late in the second period; +1 in game one vs. the Nittany Lions ... set up third-period game-tying goal vs. Michigan State Jan. 11 and was +1 in the game ... three points in series with Robert Morris Oct. 25-26; power play, gamewinning goal in game one and had two assists in game two ... goal and +1 mark at Penn State March 15 ... helper vs. Minnesota March 7 ... assist and +1 in each game vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29 ... scored Nov. 29 at Michigan in inaugural Big Ten game ... assist and +1 rating vs. Canisius Nov. 15 and Nov. 2 vs. Minnesota Duluth ... helper Oct. 15 at Bowling Green, with two blocked shots ... three blocked shots Feb. 7 at Michigan State ... an Academic All-Big Ten choice and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2012-13 (Freshman Season): Skated in 20 games, with 11 points on five goals and six assists ... played in first seven games, injured Nov. 9 vs. Alaska and missed 15 games before returning to action at Northern Michigan Jan. 18 ... scored third period gamewinning goal, clinching CCHA quarterfinal series win, in game three vs. Ferris State March 17; blocked two shots vs. the Bulldogs ... gamewinning goal and an assist vs. Notre Dame Feb. 1, with +1 mark ... three points in series vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 25-26; assist in opener before goal and assist in game two, with +1 mark ... tallied in first game back from injury Jan. 18 at Northern Michigan ... scored Buckeyes’ first goal of the season in first career game Oct. 12 at Minnesota Duluth ... two assists Oct. 27 at Bowling Green, with +2 mark ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Played with the Des Moines Buccaneers and Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL … led the Buccaneers with 24 assists and 46 points in 2011-12 … ranked second with 22 goals while playing in 58 regular-season games in 2011-12 … received 2011-12 Curt Hammer Award as the Buccaneers’ leading scorer … began USHL career in 2010-11 with Waterloo, skating in 10 games before joining Des Moines for the final 32 regular-season games … had 15 points in 2010-11, with 13 (7g, 6a) coming with the Buccaneers … skated for Team USA in an Under-17 tournament overseas… attended Shattuck St. Mary’s … graduated from Valley High School (Des Moines, Iowa) in 2011 … also played baseball.
Off the Ice: Son of Paul, a New York City firefighter who played baseball in college, and Mary Jane, a registered nurse … has one older brother, Paul, a graduate of Notre Dame who attends law school at St. John’s, and a younger brother, Nicholas … criminology major.
Buckeyes Hold Team Photo Day