?I can?t wait for the season to get started. It seems each year the players that come in get better and better and this year is no exception. Every returning player brought something to the team each game that helped us make it to Providence. We?ve been building off last year?s success over the summer and will be even better this season.?
Describes himself as ?incredibly determined and hard working while bringing a physical presence? ? names Brendan Shanahan as his favorite player because ?he?s tough as nails and can score as well? ? played with OSU senior goalie Mike Betz with the Sioux City Musketeers, as well as NHL players Rusty Klesla (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ruslan Fedotenko (Tampa Bay Lightning) and collegians David Hale (North Dakota) and Cramer Hickey (Alaska Fairbanks) ? favorites: Food ? mom?s pot roast, potatoes and Yorkshires, with strawberry-rhubarb crisp for dessert; Music ? country; Movie ? ?Snatch?; Television Show ? ?Friends?; Actress ? Jennifer Aniston; Actor ? Will Ferrell; Team ? Canucks; Food ? dessert; Vacation Spot ? parents? lake house in British Columbia; Quote ? ?Luck is merely opportunity meeting up with preparation ? therefore you must prepare yourself to be lucky.?
Ohio State Career
Recorded just three minus ratings in 43 games as a junior ? scored one of the Buckeyes? most important goal of the 2002 season, recording the overtime goal against UAF in the CCHA quarterfinals ? when asked to describe the goal by a reporter from uscho.com, Olsgard said: ?I don?t even know how the puck came to me. I just crashed the net really hard and good things happen when you go to the net that hard.? 2002-03 (Junior Season) Posted a career-best 13 points on the season; had just 12 in his first two years as a Buckeye combined ? had career highs of eight goals and five assists ... opened the scoring in the second playoff game vs. UNO ... first career two-goal game came Feb. 22 vs. UAF ... scored first career shorthanded goal unassisted at Miami Feb. 13 ... tallied the third-period gamewinner against the RedHawks Dec. 7; the score was the first power-play tally of his career ... assists came at Ferris State Nov. 23, against Princeton Jan. 3, vs. BGSU Jan. 17 and vs. Michigan March 7 ... also scored against Clarkson (Oct. 27), Colgate (Nov. 3) and Lake State (Nov. 9) ... had a streak of 24 consecutive games with an even or better plus/minus rating stopped vs. WMU Feb. 7 ... even or better in 14 of the last 15 games ? career-best +8 on the year ? did not miss a game, playing in a career-high 43 contests ? had 23 penalties for 46 minutes ? Buckeyes Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for February. 2001-02 (Sophomore Season) Saw action in 29 games, posting three goals and three assists for six points ? biggest goal of his Buckeye career capped the Buckeyes? comeback win over UAF in the league quarterfinals ? goal came unassisted, as he picked up the puck in the neutral zone and went around a Nanook defender before beating the UAF goalie ? had the second two-point game of his career Dec. 1 at Miami with a goal and an assist ? other goal came against Wayne State ? had career-high seven shots on goal in the playoff game vs. UAF ? even or better in 20-of-29 games ? third on the team with 52 penalty minutes. 2000-01 (Freshman Season) Played in 31 games, tallying two goals and four assists ? second on the squad with 25 penalties and 58 penalty minutes ? tallied first points as a Buckeye against Findlay Nov. 28 with a goal and an assist, with first career point coming on a helper on an Eric Skaug goal ? in the next game, at Ferris State (Dec. 1), he scored the game-winning goal ? won a faceoff in the offensive zone in the third period at Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 16) to set up Yan Des Gagne?s game-winning goal ? also had an assist against Cornell (Dec. 27) and against Michigan State (Feb. 24) ? even or better in 25-of-31 games ? an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior To Ohio State
Played two seasons for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL ? posted 22-12-34 totals in 53 games during last season ? had 11 power-play goals and three short-handed tallies ? also scored five game-winners for the Musketeers ? product of the Seattle SnoKing Midget Program ? participated in USA Hockey?s Select 15 Festival for the Pacific District ? also participated in the Chicago Showcase in 1996, ?97 and ?98 ? graduated from Issaquah (Wash.) High School in 1998.
Off The Ice
Son of Ed and Gayle Olsgard ? has a sister, Jenelle (20) ? born May 4, 1980 in Regina, Saskatchewan ? also lived in Phoenix for seven years ? hobbies include golf, mountain biking, tennis and wakeboarding ? real estate major and would like to become an investment banker after completing a long hockey career ? nickname is Olsy.
Career Overall Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 31 2 4 6 25-58 0 0 1 -3 2001-02 29 3 3 6 18-52 0 0 1 -2 2002-03 43 8 5 13 23-46 1 1 1 +8 Totals 103 13 12 25 66-156 1 1 3 +3
Career CCHA Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 24 1 2 3 20-48 0 0 1 -3 2001-02 20 1 2 3 15-46 0 0 0 -4 2002-03 28 5 3 8 17-34 1 1 1 +4 Totals 72 7 7 14 52-128 1 1 2 -3
Counting Down to Puck Drop
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