?We have a very hardworking and exciting group of guys returning, which should make for a competitive season.?
Selected in the first round of the 2001 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings (30th overall) ? has excelled in hockey despite growing up with no hockey influence in the family ? favorite Ohio State road trip is to Northern Michigan because it?s the longest trip to drive and it?s close to home ? describes himself as a player who is ?hardworking with a lot of character, a dependable face-off man with good hands around the net.? ? favorite player is John LeClair because he is similar in style ? played in the World Junior Championships twice (2001 and 2002) ? Favorites: Music ?all; Movies ? ?Bad Boys II? and ?The Usual Suspects?; Television Show ? ?The O.C?.; Actresses ? the Hilton sisters; Actor ? Jim Carey; Team ? Green Bay Packers; Athlete ? Wayne Gretzky; Food ? crab legs; Quote ? ?It?s not how far you go, it?s how go you far.?
Ohio State Career
Enters senior season with 75 career points ? named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team in 2001. 2002-03 (Junior Season) Ended the season with 10 goals, eight assists and 18 points ? ranked third (tied) on the team in goals ? injured Feb. 21 vs. UAF, forcing him to miss the Feb. 22 game vs. the Nanooks (the first career game missed because of injury); missed the series at Northern Michigan and vs. Michigan, as well as the first-round playoff games against UNO ? returned in the CCHA semifinal game vs. Notre Dame, posting an assist in the win ... tallied the game-tying goal with 4.7 seconds remaining Jan. 31 at Notre Dame ... had a season-high two assists against BGSU Jan. 17; tied the mark with two helpers at Miami Feb. 13 ... had a three-game goal scoring streak stopped in the second game vs. UNO Dec. 14 ... tallied in both December games vs. Miami ... tied for fourth on the team with four power-play goals ... tallied in the first game at UAF, in both games against Clarkson and opened the scoring in the first game against MSU with a power-play tally ... also scored against Ferris State Nov. 22 ... led the Buckeyes with a +4 rating in the two games combined against the Spartans ... third on the team with a +10 rating ? even or better in 30-of-36 games ? played in 100th career game Feb. 15 vs. Miami ? team was 11-0-1 when he had a positive plus/minus. 2001-02 (Sophomore Season) Ended the year with 22 points, including 16 assists, while playing in 36 games ? led the squad in penalties (32) and penalty minutes (75) for the second consecutive season ? scored two goals in the second playoff win at WMU ? the gamewinner and an empty-netter to seal the victory ... recorded an assist vs. Miami Feb. 25 to reach the 20-point mark for the second consecutive year ... had two assists in the second game vs. Michigan ... had an assist on Lafleche?s shorthanded goal vs. FSU Feb. 15 ... had four points in the home series with Michigan State; had two goals in the first game and two helpers in the second ... recorded 50th career point on an assist vs. the Spartans Feb. 2 ... posted a career-high four assists vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 12, which tied for the third-highest total in the NCAA during the season ... named to the U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the World Junior Championships for the second consecutive year ... had an assist and four penalty minutes in the tourney ... opened the year with points in the first four games (1-4-5) ... tallied vs. UVM and had a helper vs. UNH ... had an assist in the 3-1 win over NMU ... second on the team with 112 shots on goal ... received a game DQ (fighting) against BGSU and was suspended for the first game against UNO. 2000-01 (Freshman Season) Named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team ? received votes for All-CCHA honors ? led the team with 17 goals and ranked third overall with 35 points ? tied for third with 18 assists ? had a team-best 15-game scoring streak from Nov. 4-Feb. 2, posting 11-14-25 totals in the stretch ? ranked first with a +10 rating ? was even or better in 24-of-33 outings, including a six-game streak of +1 or better marks ? third among league rookies in scoring ? tied for 12th in the CCHA in scoring in league games (15-13-28) and tied for ninth in goals (15) in league games ? tied for second on the team with six power-play tallies ? earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 3 after posting six points (1-5) in OSU?s three games during the week (1-2-3 vs. Findlay Nov. 28; 0-2-2 and 0-1-1 at Ferris State Dec. 1-2) ? also earned conference rookie of the week honors Jan. 21 after posting four points, including a three-point (2-1) night, against Notre Dame (Jan. 19-20) ? had a goal and two assists vs. Findlay Nov. 28 for first career three-point game ? had a four-game goal-scoring streak (Nov. 4-18) ? scored the overtime game-winner at Lake Superior State with 31 seconds remaining ? scored two goals in first collegiate game, the season-opener at Northern Michigan (Oct. 13) ? also tallied twice in the second game at Western Michigan (Dec. 15) and at Notre Dame (Jan. 19) ? led the Buckeyes with a 22.7 shooting percentage (17 goals/75 shots) ? was first on the squad in penalties (32) and penalty minutes (80) ? named to the U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the IIHF World Junior Championships in Russia ? played in all seven games for the U.S. squad that finished fifth, posting one assist ? led the Buckeyes with three points in the Michigan series, his first games back from Russia ? had four game-winning assists, including the primary helper on Scott May?s overtime goal at Maine Oct. 27 ? drafted in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings with the 30th pick overall ? fourth collegiate player selected and the fifth American ? the second-highest draft pick in Ohio State history ? ranked No. 25, the fifth collegiate selection, in the midseason rankings released by the NHL?s Central Scouting Service; moved up to No. 16 in the final rankings.
Prior To Ohio State
In 52 USHL league games while with the U.S. National Under-18 team, posted 13-13-26 totals while being used mainly in a defensive role ? scored 11 points in international competition (IIHF) with five goals and six assists ? leading scorer for the U.S. squad at the World Under-18 Championship (2-5-7) ? attended West Bend West High School before attending and graduating from Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer High School in 2000.
Off The Ice
Son of Curt and Ellen Steckel ? born March 15, 1982 in Milwaukee, Wis. ? international business major ? hobbies include golf and watching television ? nickname is Stecks.
Career Overall Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 33 17 18 35 32-80 6 0 2 +10 2001-02 36 6 16 22 32-75 1 0 1 -4 2002-03 36 10 8 18 25-50 4 1 0 +10 Totals 105 33 42 75 89-205 11 1 3 +16
Career CCHA Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 26 15 13 28 26-68 4 0 2 +3 2001-02 26 3 15 18 25-61 0 0 0 -8 2002-03 23 8 6 14 14-28 4 1 0 +8 Totals 75 26 34 60 65-157 8 1 2 +3
Buckeye Hockey Update – Jan. 15