April 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Dzingel, who just wrapped up his junior season with the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Dzingel will sign at amateur tryout agreement and report to the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. A seventh-round draft pick of the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (No. 204), Dzingel will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility.
“We are very proud of Ryan and all he has accomplished at Ohio State,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “We are excited for his new journey and wish him all the best.”
Dzingel was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and First Team All-Big Ten selection this season after leading the Big Ten in scoring with 46 points, including a league-high tying 22 goals while playing in all 37 games. Five of his goals were gamewinners, eight came on the power play and he had two shorthanded tallies. Dzingel led all B1G players with 24 points and 1.20 points per game in conference play, sharing the goal lead with 12. He was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as the Buckeyes advanced to the championship game, as he scored the third-period gamewinner vs. No. 1-ranked Minnesota in the semifinals. Nationally, Dzingel is in the Top 12 in points, points per game, goals and goals per game.
"I’m proud to say I signed with the Ottawa Senators,” Dzingel said. “It was a very difficult decision leaving my friends and the program I love. I felt like it was the right choice for me moving forward with my career, even though Ohio State is heading in the right direction. Thank you again to my teammates, coaches and fans. I will miss it."
Dzingel ends his Buckeye career with 108 points, on 45 goals and 63 assists, in 110 games. He was the first Buckeye to reach the 100-point mark as a junior since All-American and current Columbus Blue Jacket RJ Umberger in 2002-03. His 46 points this season were the most for a Buckeye since Umberger had 53 in 2002-03 and it was just the seventh 40-point campaign for a Buckeye since 1998-99. Dzingel was the seventh Buckeye with 20 or more goals in a year since 1999-00.