Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey
The Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey team is an NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Ohio State University. The Buckeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference. They play at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
|Ohio State Buckeyes|
|University||Ohio State University|
|Head coach||Steve Rohlik|
7th season, 113–84–28 (.564)
|Alternate captain(s)||Gordie Myer |
|Arena||Value City Arena|
|Colors||Scarlet and Gray|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Conference regular season championships|
The Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey program began in 1963, the team played at the new OSU Ice Rink, constructed in 1961. The Buckeyes were a founding member of the CCHA in 1971. The Buckeyes won the inaugural 1972 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament with a 3–0 win over Saint Louis University.
One of the team's most successful seasons came in 1997–1998, the year before the Buckeyes moved into new the 17,500-seat Value City Arena, which replaced the aging and undersized (1,400-seat) OSU Ice Rink. The team finished the 1997–1998 season with an overall record of 27–13–2. They secured an at-large bid to the 1998 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. That same season the Buckeyes advanced to the 1998 Frozen Four and lost in the semifinal game to Boston College 5–2. The 1998 tournament was the program's first of two all-time Frozen Four appearances, the other coming in 2018. In 1999 the team advanced to the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Despite a first round elimination with a 4–2 loss to Maine, this marked the first time in school history the team made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons.
The time period during the early 2000s was the most successful period in the program's history. Ohio State made the NCAA Post season tournament in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The 2003–2004 season also saw the Buckeyes win the school's second CCHA post season tournament with a 4–2 win over Big Ten and CCHA rival Michigan. After three seasons, the Buckeyes returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, when they received an at-large bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament after a 5th-place finish in the CCHA regular season and falling to Alaska in the CCHA Quarterfinals. In the 2009 NCAA Tournament the team lost 8–3 to Boston University in the First round. The program was also invited to play in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic against Wisconsin on February 11, 2006, which was the second-ever outdoor ice hockey game played between college teams.
On March 21, 2011 the Big Ten Conference announced plans to sponsor men's ice hockey starting in 2013–14 season. Ohio State along with CCHA rivals, Michigan and Michigan State will leave the CCHA to join Minnesota and Wisconsin from the WCHA and Penn State, who is elevating their men's and women's American Collegiate Hockey Association club programs to varsity status, to form a six-team Big Ten Hockey Conference.
During the first half of the 2011–2012 season, the Buckeyes jumped out to a sizeable lead in the CCHA standings when the team recorded a 10–3–1 conference record. The second half of the season proved much harder for Ohio State when the team recorded an eleven-game winless streak through January and the first half of February. The team broke the streak with a 4–3 win over Western Michigan, the team's lone win in the second half of the season. The Buckeyes fell from a season high, second-place ranking in January 2012 to 21st place by the end of the regular season. In the first round of the 2012 CCHA Tournament, Ohio State was swept by Notre Dame 2–0 and 4–2 in the best-of-three series.
Despite an up and down 2013–14 season, Ohio State had a good showing in the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Tournament. After defeating Michigan State in overtime in the first round, the Buckeyes upset #1 Minnesota 3–1. They ultimately fell 5–4 in overtime in the championship game to the Wisconsin Badgers. Despite missing out on the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State would finish the 2013–14 season ranked #20.
After back to back losing seasons in 2014–15 and 2015–16, Ohio State had their first 20 win season and NCAA Tournament berth in 8 years. Led by forwards Nick Schilkey and Mason Jobst, the Buckeyes had the second ranked offense in college hockey and a historically great power play. Ohio State finished third in the Big Ten, their highest finish in the league's four-year history. Despite the successful season, Ohio State did not clinch a tournament berth until Penn State defeated Wisconsin in the 2017 Big Ten tournament, giving the Buckeyes the final at large berth and the 4 seed in the West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota. The Buckeyes faced off against the #2 overall seed, the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the 1st round. A third period comeback sent the game to overtime with the score tied at two. The Bulldogs ended the Buckeyes season on a goal from Willie Raskob at 11:58 of the first overtime.
Records vs. Big Ten Teams
As of the completion of 2018–19 season
|School||Team||Away Arena||Overall Record||Win %||Home||Away||Last Result|
|University of Michigan||Wolverines||Yost Ice Arena||44–83–14||.362||23–37–6||18–41–8||3-3 T|
|Michigan State University||Spartans||Munn Ice Arena||45–89–13||.350||23–36–6||17–47–7||2-3 L|
|University of Minnesota||Golden Gophers||3M Arena at Mariucci||7–29–4||.225||4–9–1||2–15–3||3-4 L|
|University of Notre Dame||Fighting Irish||Compton Family Ice Arena||37–35–10||.512||19–16–6||15–17–4||2-0 W|
|Pennsylvania State University||Nittany Lions||Pegula Ice Arena||15–10–2||.593||7–5–1||7–4–1||1-5 L|
|University of Wisconsin–Madison||Badgers||Kohl Center||16–18–3||.473||7–6–1||8–6–2||4-1 W|
The Buckeyes are currently coached by Steve Rohlik. He was announced the new head coach on April 24, 2013 shortly after the departure of Mark Osiecki.
All-time coaching records
† John Markell coached the final 9 games of the 1994–95 season after Jerry Welsh resigned.
Career points leaders
Career goaltending leaders
minimum 30 games played
Statistics current through the start of the 2019–20 season.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|2||James Marooney||Freshman||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1999-08-16||Chaska, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|3||Collin Peters||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-02-05||Sheboygan, Wisconsin||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|4||Layton Ahac||Freshman||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2001-02-22||North Vancouver, British Columbia||Prince George (BCHL)||—|
|5||Gordi Myer (C)||Senior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1996-02-28||Sylvania, Ohio||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|7||Wyatt Ege||Senior (RS)||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||174 lb (79 kg)||1995-03-19||Elk River, Minnesota||Alaska Anchorage (WCHA)||—|
|8||Eugene Fadyeyev||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-10-08||Kiev, Ukraine||Madison (USHL)||—|
|9||Tanner Laczynski (C)||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1997-06-01||Shorewood, Illinois||Lincoln (USHL)||PHI, 169th overall 2016|
|11||Kamil Sadlocha||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-04-12||Carpentersville, Illinois||Madison (USHL)||—|
|12||Miguel Fidler||Senior (RS)||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1996-03-14||Edina, Minnesota||Madison (USHL)||FLA, 143rd overall 2014|
|13||Tate Singleton||Freshman||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||177 lb (80 kg)||1998-09-05||West Lebanon, New Hampshire||Central Illinois (USHL)||—|
|14||Austin Pooley (C)||Junior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1996-07-31||Dublin, Ohio||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|16||Quinn Preston||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||182 lb (83 kg)||1997-10-21||Trenton, Michigan||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|17||Sam McCormick||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-02-20||De Pere, Wisconsin||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|18||Michael Gildon||Freshman||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||196 lb (89 kg)||2001-06-21||Plano, Texas||USNTDP (USHL)||—|
|19||Matthew Jennings||Sophomore||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||173 lb (78 kg)||1997-06-07||Buford, Georgia||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|24||Ryan O'Connell||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-04-25||Manotick, Ontario||Penticton (BCHL)||TOR, 203rd overall 2017|
|26||Jaedon Leslie||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||187 lb (85 kg)||1998-08-04||St. Albert, Alberta||Fort McMurray (AJHL)||—|
|29||Gustaf Westlund||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1997-12-12||Stockholm, Sweden||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|30||Ryan Snowden||Freshman||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1998-03-06||Lincoln University, Pennsylvania||Central Illinois (HEA)||—|
|31||Evan Moyse||Junior||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1996-06-18||Olmsted Falls, Ohio||Wichita Falls (NAHL)||—|
|37||Tommy Nappier||Junior||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||1998-06-22||St. Louis, Missouri||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|40||Ronnie Hein (C)||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||188 lb (85 kg)||1997-01-22||Chelsea, Michigan||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|44||Dalton Messina||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-03-29||Macomb, Michigan||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|50||Matt Miller||Senior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||209 lb (95 kg)||1995-08-22||East Palestine, Ohio||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|61||Grant Gabriele||Junior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||197 lb (89 kg)||1997-04-17||Brighton, Michigan||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|65||C. J. Regula||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1998-05-29||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||Shreveport (NAHL)||—|
|72||Carson Meyer||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-08-18||Powell, Ohio||Miami (NCHC)||CBJ, 179th overall 2017|
Awards and honors
- 1972–73: Ray Meyers, F
- 1975–76: Bruce Allworth, F
- 1978–79: Paul Tilley, F
- 1980–81: Mike Blake, G; Dan Mandich, D; Brent Morrow, F
- 1982–83: Andy Browne, F
- 1983–84: John Dougan, G; Paul Pooley, F
- 1997–98: Hugo Boisvert, F
- 1998–99: Jeff Maund, G; Hugo Boisvert, F
- 2002–03: R. J. Umberger, F
- 2009–10: Zac Dalpe, F
- 2012–13: Brady Hjelle, G
- 1972–73: Jim Witherspoon, D
- 1976–77: Paul Tilley, F
- 1978–79: Steve Jones, G
- 1979–80: Steve Jones, G; Brian Jenks, D; Greg Kostenko, D; Rod McNair, D; Larry Marson, F; Paul Tilley, F
- 1980–81: Paul Pooley, F
- 1981–82: Larry Marson, F
- 1982–83: John Dougan, G; Dave Kobryn, F
- 1983–84: Perry Pooley, F
- 1984–85: Mike Rousseau, D
- 1995–96: Tom Sakey, G
- 1998–99: Andre Signoretti, D
- 2002–03: Mike Betz, G
- 2004–05: Nate Guenin, D; Rod Pelley, F
- 2006–07: Sean Collins, F
- 2012–13: Tanner Fritz, F
- 2015–16: Nick Schilkey, F
- 2016–17: Christian Frey, G; Josh Healey, D; Nick Schilkey, F
- 2017–18: Sean Romeo, G; Sasha Larocque, D; Mason Jobst, F
- 2018–19: Sasha Larocque, D
- 2013–14: Christian Frey, G; Drew Brevig, D; Nick Schilkey, F
- 2014–15: Matthew Weis, F
- 2015–16: Mason Jobst, F
- 2017–18: Tommy Nappier, G
- 2018–19: Gustaf Westlund, F
Ohio State Buckeyes Hall of Fame
This is a list of Ohio State alumni who have played on an Olympic team.
|Name||Position||Ohio State Tenure||Team||Year||Finish|
|= NHL All-Star Team||= NHL All-Star||= NHL All-Star and NHL All-Star Team||= Hall of Famers|
One Buckeye played in the WHA.