March 7, 2014
This weekend marks the final home games for the 2014 Buckeye men's hockey senior class, as Ohio State hosts No. 1 Minnesota in a Big Ten Conference series at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
This week, the four seniors will look back on their time wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Today's featured senior is Travis Statchuk, a forward from Wadena, Saskatchewan, who has 16 points as a Buckeye, including 14 assists, in 88 career games. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete as a marketing major, Statchuk will spend the summer as one of the prestigious Bucks Go Pro interns in the Ohio State Department of Athletics and will graduate later this year.
Read on for a Q&A with Statchuk:
1. What are you going to miss the most about playing hockey for Ohio State?
The thing I am going to miss most is just coming to the rink every day and spending time with the guys. You form a family and a special bond with a lot of the guys on the team spending every day with them and that's definitely what I will miss most.
2. Do you have any pregame rituals?
I wish I had something really creative or strange, but really all I do is take a nap.
3. If you could go back and give advice to the freshman you, what would you say?
I would say don't take anything for granted. Enjoy all the little things that come with being a college hockey player and just being in college in general. It's kind of cliché, but it does go by fast and you can't get these four years back so just enjoy every moment no matter what.
4. What is one of the most meaningful statements Coach Rohlik has said to you?
One of the things Coach has said to me personally that sticks out is to "relax and enjoy the moment". Being my last year he told me not to rush college and think too much of the future or what comes after. If you continue to work hard things will fall into place, so live in the present and enjoy it.
5. What are your plans post-graduation?
At this time I don't have any solidified plans post-graduation, but to do something that truly makes me happy and I enjoy doing every day.
6. What do like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with the guys, relaxing and playing my guitar.
7. Describe a specific moment during your career as a Buckeye that defined you personally.
I don't think I can choose one specific moment. I think every day as a Buckeye has defined me personally. I have had a lot of ups and downs here, but I have always pushed forward. The ups have definitely outweighed the downs and I am very grateful.
8. What do you love most about hockey?
The thing I love most about hockey is the guys. Spending every day on and off the ice you form a special bond and make memories that last a lifetime.
9. What is one challenge you had to overcome in order to progress in your hockey career?
Personally I would say injuries were the biggest challenge. I have never had the best luck in that department, but it never kept me from playing the game I love.
10. What is the most rewarding part of being a Buckeye?
I think the most rewarding thing of being a Buckeye is the camaraderie. There are a lot of Buckeye alumni out there, but the Buckeye community has a small feel to it. Everyone who has attended school at the Ohio State has a tie to one another in some shape or form and will go out of their way to help a fellow Buckeye out. It is something special you can't receive just anywhere.
Mason Jobst - All-American