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Grant Gabriele
Grant  Gabriele

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Brighton, Mich.

Last College:
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 185

Position:
D

08/30/2017

Meet the Buckeye Men’s Hockey Freshmen

Six rookies on Ohio State 2017-18 squad

Chose Ohio State because “I always wanted to go to a Big Ten school. Besides the unbelievable academic opportunity, any college hockey player dreams of winning a national championship. I know at Ohio State we can do that. Also, I feel it’s the best place to prepare for the next level.” … grew up playing against Buckeye sophomore Tanner Laczynski before the two were teammates with the Chicago Steel … played with and against Ohio State sophomores Ronnie Hein and Sam McCormick growing up … favorite hockey player is Erik Karlsson, saying “I try and model my game after him. Besides being a great defender I really like the way he gets involved in the offense and his ability to make the people around him better.” … started hockey at age two; began with roller hockey and moved to ice about age 3; a lot of family members grew up playing hockey so it was passed down, with his grandpa his biggest influence in the sport … Pick one: Movie – Tommy Boy; Television show – The Office; Musician – Future; Professional Team – Golden State Warriors; Athlete – Neymar; Homecooked meal – meatloaf with mashed potatoes; Ice cream flavor – chocolate; Sport other than hockey – basketball; Vacation spot – Florida; Magazine – USA Hockey Magazine.

Prior to Ohio State: Played 34 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL in 2016-17, with 20 points on four goals and 16 assists … also saw action in eight playoff games … represented the United States in five international tournaments, including winning bronze at 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament … skated with Omaha (6 gp, 1g, 1a, 2p), Chicago (32 gp, 3g, 8a, 11p) and Muskegon (24gp, 5g, 8a, 13p) in the USHL in 2015-16 … spent 2013-14 and 2014-15 with U.S. National Team Development Program and had 16 points (4g, 12a) in 50 games with the U18 team … played with Little Caesars (2007-10), Belle Tire (2011-12) and Compuware (2013) before moving to NTDP … graduated from Brighton High School in 2015.

Off the Ice: Son of Ken, an orthopedic nurse manager, and Nicole, a clinical nurse manager … has a younger brother, Aaron … biological father Dan Gabriele was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox … plans to major in business and would like to get into real estate law … enjoys playing any sport and spending time with family … plays banjo, mandolin and guitar and can solve the 3x3 and Pyraminx Rubik’s cubes.

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