June 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team has voted on its annual team awards, with junior First Team All-American Ryan Dzingel leading the way as the squad's MVP.
Dzingel, from Wheaton, Illinois, also picked up the team's Leading Scorer Award for the third time (2012/co, 2013) after leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 22 goals and 46 points and sharing the team lead with 24 assists. He was a Top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (just the fourth in program history) and the fourth Buckeye to be named a First Team All-American. Dzingel was a First Team All-Big Ten selection and led the B1G in points, sharing the league's goal-scoring lead. His 46 points were the most for a Buckeye since 2003 and he became the first Buckeye since that season to hit the 100-point mark for his career as a junior.
Senior Curtis Gedig, a native of West Kelowna, British Columbia, was tabbed the team's Best Defensive Player for the second year in a row. He played in 33 games and had two goals, eight assists and 10 points, with a +4 rating, while the Buckeye defense held opponents to 2.70 goals a game. Gedig blocked 54 shots and had just five minor penalties on the year.
Nick Schilkey, a Big Ten All-Rookie Team selection from Marysville, Michigan, was named the Buckeyes' Rookie of the Year. The only Ohio State freshman to play in all 37 games, he led the squad's rookies in scoring with 26 points, ranking second among all Buckeyes with 13 goals. He was fifth in scoring among league rookies overall and tied for second among B1G freshmen with 13 points in conference play. Schilkey was +9 on the year.
Nick Oddo, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, was tabbed the team's Unsung Player. Oddo played in all 37 games and had nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points, all career highs after entering the season with 17 points in his first 54 games combined. He was second among all Big Ten players with a +23 rating and had just two games with a minus rating all season.
Sophomore and Faribault, Minnesota, native Anthony Greco was voted the Most Improved Player. He had a career-high 10 assists and 15 points, matching the five goals he had as a freshman, while playing in a career-high 33 games in 2013-14.
Sophomore Sam Jardine, a sport industry major from Lacombe, Alberta, received the team's Scholar-Athlete honor. An Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recipient, Jardine skated in all but one game and had 13 points, with a goal and 12 assists.