Jan. 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ryan Kesler, who played for the Ohio State men's hockey team in 2002-03, has been named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Team, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. Kesler, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, also skated for Team USA in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, the first former Buckeye to represent the United States in the Olympics.
In the 2010 Games, Kesler had two goals (including scoring in the gold medal game) as the United States won the silver medal. A U.S. National Team Development Team product, he was a two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and also represented the United States in the 2006 Men's World Championship, the 2003 and '04 World Junior Championship and the 2002 Men's World Under-18 Championship.
Kesler, the second-highest draft pick in Ohio State history when he was selected by Vancouver in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (No. 23 overall), is in his ninth full season in the NHL, all with the Canucks. The 2011 winner of the Frank J. Selke Award, given to the league's top defensive forward, Kesler has played in 619 NHL games, scoring 172 goals and adding 205 assists for 377 career points.
At Ohio State, Kesler played in 40 games as a freshman, recording 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points as the Buckeyes made the NCAA tournament and CCHA semifinals. He was the Buckeyes' Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention league all-rookie team choice.
Former Buckeye Andre Signoretti competed for Italy in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, the only other Ohio State letterwinner to skate in the Olympics.