The Ohio State men's hockey team garnered conference and university academic honors this month.
The Buckeyes had 16 members of the Academic All-Big Ten team, the second-most among league hockey programs (one behind Minnesota). The Buckeyes recognized were seniors Drew Brevig (Communication), Logan Davis (Marketing), David Gust (Family Resource Management), Josh Healey (Finance), Nick Schilkey (Finance) and Matt Tomkins (Finance), juniors Christian Lampasso (Industrial Systems Engineering), Sasha Larocque (Earth Sciences), Kevin Miller (Finance) and Matthew Weis (Sport Industry) and sophomores Freddy Gerard (Communication), Mason Jobst (Real Estate), Dakota Joshua (Sport Industry), Brendon Kearney (Finance), Tommy Parran (English) and John Wiitala (Finance). To qualify for the team, student-athletes must be a letterwinner with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and be in at least their second year on campus.
At the 50th annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner, 23 (of a possible 28) hockey Buckeyes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. The group included seniors Brevig, Davis, Gust, Healey, Schilkey and Tomkins, juniors Lampasso, Larocque, Miller, Sean Romeo (Finance) and Weis, sophomores Wyatt Ege (Management and Industry Exploration), Gerard, Jobst, Joshua, Kearney, Parran and Wiitala and freshmen Ronnie Hein (Management and Industry Exploration), Tanner Laczynski (Management and Industry Exploration), Sam McCormick (Management and Industry Exploration), Matt Miller (Business Administration) and Gordi Myer (Exploration). To qualify, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Brevig, Gust, Healey, Schilkey and Tomkins all end their careers as four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.
At the Scholar-Athlete Dinner, captain Nick Schilkey was named one of five finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is given to the top male and female senior student-athlete at each Big Ten university.
Nick Schilkey, a two-time Second Team All-Big Ten selection, is a finance major with a 3.8 grade-point average. A two-time team captain, he led the Big Ten and was third in the NCAA this season with 27 goals, the most goals for a Buckeye since 1991-92. He had a career-high tying 41 points in 2016-17 as he led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Schilkey ended his career with 130 points in 141 games for the Scarlet and Gray, the most career points for a Buckeye since 2004 and the fourth-most points since 1996-97. A Marysville, Mich., native, he is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
The Big Ten, the nation's oldest collegiate conference, commemorates the 103rd anniversary of a very unique tradition - the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100-plus years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
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