COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Mason Jobst was voted captain for the 2017-18 Ohio State men's hockey team, while junior Sasha Larocque and senior Luke Stork have been tabbed alternate captains for the squad. The trio was selected after a team vote.
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"I'm really excited about our leadership group," Steve Rohlik, in his fifth year as the Buckeyes' head coach, said. "When it's selected by your peers, it tells you where these guys are among their teammates. Obviously they have the letters on their jerseys, but I believe we have a great group of leaders in this lockerroom that will continue to help these guys. I'm proud of Mason, Sasha and Luke - being voted captain is well deserved for each of them. I look forward to their leadership throughout the year."
Jobst, from Speedway, Indiana, was a Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten selection and the Big Ten co-Scoring Champion last season after posting a B1G-best 55 points, with 19 goals and 36 assists. He ranked in the Top 8 in the NCAA in points and assists per game overall last season. A B1G All-Freshman Team choice, he has posted 85 points through his first two seasons, tying for 10th nationally among current players in total points. He is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Larocque, a native of Calgary, Alberta, played in 34 games a season ago and had eight assists and nine points. He was in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in blocks (68), blocks per game (2.0) and plus/minus (+18). In his Buckeye career, Larocque has skated in 66 games and has 19 points, with 15 assists. He has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors twice and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Pittsburgh native Stork has skated in 102 games for the Scarlet and Gray to lead the current Buckeyes in career games played. He saw action in all 39 games a season ago and had 14 points, with six goals and 14 assists. The team's 2017 Unsung Hero, Stork has 38 points with 17 goals and 21 assists, in his three years with the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes kick off the season with an exhibition game vs. Ryerson at 4 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The regular season begins at Wisconsin Oct. 6-7 with a Big Ten series, while the regular season home slate opens with games vs. Rensselaer Oct. 13-14.
Ohio State is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and was 21-12-6 overall, with an 11-8-1 mark in Big Ten play, last season. The squad ranked third nationally in scoring offense with 3.92 goals per game and led the NCAA on the power play, converting 31.6 percent of its chances.
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