Former Buckeye JB Bittner, a two-time captain for the squad, is in his third season on the Buckeye staff after completing his professional career. He served as the team's video coordinator in 2008-09 and reprises that role this season under new head coach Mark Osiecki after spending the 2009-10 campaign as an assistant coach behind the bench.
Bittner, a four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet and Gray, returned to the Ohio State campus following a three-year professional career when he spent time with a number of teams, including Portland and Iowa in the American Hockey League. He was with the Florida Everblades in the ECHL his last year as a professional but injuries kept him out of the lineup throughout the campaign.
Bittner played for the Buckeyes from 2002-05, competing in 160 games to rank fifth in program history in career games played and posting 37 goals, 39 assists and 76 points. He was captain of the 2004 CCHA Super Six Championship team and on three NCAA tournament squads. Bittner received the team's Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player award in 2005 and was the Scarlet and Gray award winner in 2003 and '05.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Bittner earned his bachelor's degree in sport and leisure studies from Ohio State in Summer 2005.
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