First Team All-America Honors for Buckeye Ryan Dzingel
April 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Ryan Dzingel, a junior forward on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named a 2013-14 CCM Hockey First Team All-American, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced Friday. In all, 25 players were named to the All-America squads as selected by members of the AHCA. Dzingel, a native of Wheaton, Ill., is one of three forwards named to the first team for the west squad and one of six Big Ten players selected.
Dzingel is the fourth Ohio State player to be named a first team All-American and gives the Buckeyes a first team honoree for the second year in a row, following goalie Brady Hjelle in 2012-13. Dzingel is the first Buckeye forward to be named a first team All-American since Hugo Boisvert in 1998 and his award marks the ninth time an Ohio State player has been named a first or second team All-American by the AHCA.
In 2013-14, Dzingel was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and First Team All-Big Ten selection 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.
Following the season, Dzingel signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility. He joined the Senators’ AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators and had an assist in each of his first two professional games.
Dzingel ended 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.
Dzingel joins Hjelle (2013), Boisvert (1998) and Paul Pooley (1984) as Buckeyes named First Team All-Americans. Second-team selections include goalie Jeff Maund (1999) and forwards Boisvert (99), Zac Dalpe (2010), Perry Pooley (1984) and Umberger (2003).