COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the 2017 Ohio State men’s hockey team voted on the program’s award winners for the 2016-17 season. Mason Jobst, the team’s leading scorer, was selected MVP. Josh Healey was deemed the Best Defensive Player, Kevin Miller and Matt Miller shared Most Improved Player honors, Luke Stork received the Unsung Player award and Tanner Laczynski was voted Rookie of the Year.
Team MVP and leading scorer Mason Jobst, a sophomore forward, had a team-high 55 points en route to First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America accolades. It was the most points for a Buckeye since 1998 and the most assists for an Ohio State skater since 1992. He was in the Top 10 in the NCAA in points per game and assists per game and led the NCAA in points per game the second half of the year. Jobst was the Big Ten co-Scoring Champion with 34 points in 20 Big Ten games.
Healey, a senior defenseman and a Second Team All-Big Ten selection, repeated as the team’s Best Defensive Player, the fifth Buckeye to win the award twice. He skated in 35 games and had a career-high 21 assists and 25 points, with a +17 rating, ranking fourth in points and plus/minus among B1G defensemen. He ended his career with 60 points in 133 games for the Scarlet and Gray and is the first Buckeye blueliner to earn first or second team all-conference honors twice.
Kevin Miller, a junior forward, shared Most Improved Player honors after a career-high 11 goals and 15 points while playing in 38. He entered the season with five goals and 13 points in his first 40 games combined. Five of Miller’s goals came in the last nine games, including a two-goal game against Michigan Feb. 24.
Freshman Matt Miller was the co-recipient of Most Improved Player honors. The defenseman skated in 20 games, including in 15 of the last 20 outings, and had two goals and five assists for seven points. He was +9 and had 43 shot blocks, ranking first on the team with 2.15 per game.
Rookie of the Year Laczynski, a forward, ended the season with 32 points, with 10 goals (including three gamewinners) and 22 assists, ranking fourth (tied) in points among B1G freshmen and 11th in points per game among all NCAA rookies. Laczynski won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship in early January.
Stork, a junior forward, was selected the Unsung Player by his teammates. He skated in all 39 games and had six goals and eight assists for 14 points, matching his total from 2016. He marked the 100th game of his Buckeye career March 16, the first member of the junior class to hit the century mark.
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