Matt Waddell, a member of the Ohio State men's hockey team from 2004-07, is at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the Chinese National Women’s Curling Team.
Waddell has been working with the team, which won the bronze medal at the 2010 Games, for just under two years. They arrived in PyeongChang last week, with their event set to start Wednesday with round robin play. Tie-breaker games will be Feb. 22, with the semifinals Feb. 23 and the bronze medal game Feb. 24 and the gold medal game Feb. 25.
Waddell currently works for Twist Conditioning and Wellness in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He retired from hockey following the 2015-16 season.
As a Buckeye, Waddell skated in 157 games on the blueline, posting 59 points on 17 goals and 42 assists, along with a +41 rating. He was an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection. He is tied for 11th in program history in career games played and was part of the 2004 CCHA Tournament title, along with two NCAA appearances.
Following his Buckeye career, Waddell moved into the professional ranks. He spent his first year as a pro playing in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack and in the ECHL with the Charlotte Checkers. He moved on to Europe, skating in Sweden, Hungary, Italy, and Germany, as well as time playing in the Asia League.
Hockey Buckeyes at the #Olympics!
Alums Matt Waddell (Chinese women’s 🥌 strength & conditioning coach) and Matt McIlvane (German men’s 🏒 assistant coach) met up in PyeongChang. #GoBucks #BuckeyesForLife pic.twitter.com/XPdjPfX44B
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 13, 2018
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