Favorite hockey player is Peter Forsberg because he is a dominating player ... started playing hockey at age 3 ... brother, Dan, was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (No. 46) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and played in 59 games for the CBJ in 2005-06 ... father, James, owns a hockey store ... Favorites: Music - country; Movie - Old School; Television Show - Boy Meets World; Actress - Hilary Duff; Actor - Will Ferrell; Team - Colorado Avalanche; Food - pizza; Television Channel - CMT ... Parma, which also is the hometown of fellow Buckeyes Tommy Goebel and Nick Biondo, is a suburb of Cleveland ... played with Buckeye classmate Jason DeSantis in the National Team Development Program.
Ohio State Career Led Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons ... enters junior campaign with 75 career points ... Inside College Hockey National Freshman of the Year and named to the INCH All-Rookie Team in 2005 ... CCHA All-Rookie Team selection and finalist for league rookie of the year award ... 2005 CCHA All-Tournament Team selection ... voted team's George Burke Most Valuable Freshman ... earned league rookie of the month accolades, a two-time conference special mention player of the month and a three-time league player of the week honoree.
2005-06 (Sophomore Season) Led the Buckeyes with 30 points and 19 assists and tied for second with 11 goals in 37 games ... played for Team USA in 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia ... U.S. Player of the Game in 6-5 comeback win over Finland with a goal and an assist; had an assist in tie with Switzerland and win over Norway; ended tourney with 1-4-5 totals in six games ... missed Ohio Hockey Classic while with Team USA, the first games he missed as a Buckeye ... had nine multiple-point games ... three-point games vs. Bowling Green Oct. 20 (2-1-3) and Union Dec. 11 (1-2-3) ... CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 24 after five-point series vs. the Falcons Oct. 20-21, with two goals (ppg, shg) and three points in opener and two helpers in game two ... opened scoring in each game at Michigan Feb. 3-4 and was third star of each contest ... three-point weekend vs. Ferris State Feb. 17-18, with two assists in opener and third-period gamewinner in game two ... two assists at Colorado College Oct. 14 and at Alaska Jan. 20 ... had three points in series sweep at Notre Dame Nov. 25-26, with 1-1-2 in game two ... goal and an assist in wins over Miami Jan. 10 and Michigan State Nov. 15 ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in October ... won Best Stickhandler and Most Dangerous Leading a Rush categories in CCHA Captains' Poll ... Preseason All-CCHA Second Team selection and INCH Preseason All-America Third Team choice.
Summer 2005 Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft with the 47th pick ... the first second-round pick in Ohio State history ... invited to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp ... had four points at the camp, as Team USA went 7-1 vs. Finland and Sweden combined.
2004-05 (Freshman Season) Led the Buckeyes with 34 assists and 45 points, as well as a +21 rating, while playing in all 42 games ... tied for the national lead in points among rookies and for the CCHA lead in assists ... point total was the highest for a Buckeye freshman since Brian Loney had 55 in 1992 and assist total was the third-best for an OSU rookie all-time, while point total was the seventh-highest for an OSU freshman ... ended the year 13th in the nation in assists per game (.81), tied for fifth in total assists and third (tied) in points per game among rookies (1.07) ... tied for sixth in the CCHA in points overall ... 34 helpers were the most for a Buckeye since Hugo Boisvert had 35 in 1998 ... team-best nine (4-5) postseason points ... ended the year on four-game goal and point (4-4-8) streaks ... had a goal and an assist in NCAA tournament game vs. Cornell March 26 ... goal and an assist in CCHA semifinal win over Michigan State March 18 ... three-point night in 5-4 overtime win over Ferris State in game three of CCHA tournament first round; scored a goal early in the third, set up Mathieu Beaudoin's second-period goal and assisted on Jason DeSantis' game-tying score with 50 seconds remaining ... five-point weekend and on the ice for 10-of-11 Buckeye goals (and not on the ice for any against) vs. Western Michigan Jan. 28-29 to earn INCH National Player of the Week accolades; had an assist in the opener before first career multiple-goal game and hat trick, as well as an assist for four-point night, in the second game ... CCHA Rookie of the Week after 1-2-3 performance in series sweep at Notre Dame ... earned Ohio Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team honors after recording four points in the tourney Dec. 29-30 (1-2-3/+2 vs. Minnesota State, 0-1-1/+1 vs. CC) ... had 15 assists on the year before tallying first goal at Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 20 ... had 1-9-10 totals in six games in November to earn special mention CCHA Player of the Month honors ... CCHA Rookie of the Month in January after posting 10 points in eight games ... four assists Nov. 6 vs. Sacred Heart tied Value City Arena record and marked OSU's first four-assist game since Dave Steckel Jan. 12, 2002 vs. Lake Superior State ... had three assists in first game vs. SHU for a seven-point weekend to earn CCHA Rookie of the Week honors ... three assists at Ferris State Oct. 15 marked first career points ... career-best +3 vs. SHU Nov. 5; tied that mark vs. Western Michigan Jan. 29 ... +1 or better in 19 games and had just five minus ratings ... ranked 17th in the National Hockey League's Central Scouting Service preliminary rankings of U.S. college skaters, 105th in the midterm rankings and 93rd in the final ranking of North American skaters.
Prior to Ohio State Played for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2003-04 ... ended the year second on the squad in scoring with 51 points, including 24 goals (seven on the power play) and 27 assists ... also had 46 penalty minutes ... participated in the 2004 U.S. National Evaluation Camp ... played for Team USA in the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Minsk, Belarus ... the U.S. squad won the silver medal, falling to Russia, 3-2, in the title game ... posted 2-3-5 totals in the tournament ... spent the 2002-03 season with the U.S. U-17 Team in the NTDP, finishing third with 21-20-41 totals in 63 games ... played for the Cleveland Barons in 2001-02, leading the team in scoring and serving as team captain ... member of the Pee Wee AAA Cleveland team that won the national championship in 1998 ... graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 2004 ... also played football.
Off the Ice Son of Jim and Mary Fritsche ... born Sept. 30, 1986, in Parma, Ohio ... has a brother, Dan (21), and two sisters, Christie (14) and Liz (17) ... enjoys golf and snowboarding ... full name is Thomas James Fritsche.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers - Game Two