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
UniversityOhio State University
ConferenceBig Ten
Head coachSteve Rohlik
7th season, 1138428 (.564)
Captain(s)Ronnie Hein
Alternate captain(s)Gordie Myer
Tanner Laczynski
Austin Pooley
ArenaValue City Arena
Capacity: 17,500
LocationColumbus, Ohio
ColorsScarlet and Gray[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1998, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1972, 2004
Conference regular season championships
1971–72, 2018–19
Current uniform

History

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.[2]

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.[3] That same season the Buckeyes advanced to the 1998 Frozen Four and lost in the semifinal game to Boston College 5–2.[3] 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,[4] this marked the first time in school history the team made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons.[5]

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.[6] After three seasons, the Buckeyes returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2009,[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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,[12] the team's lone win in the second half of the season.[13] The Buckeyes fell from a season high, second-place ranking in January 2012 to 21st place by the end of the regular season.[14][15] 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.[16]

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.

Season-by-season results[17]

Records vs. Big Ten Teams

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[18]

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

Coaches

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.[19]

All-time coaching records

As of completion of 2018–19 season[5]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2013–presentSteve Rohlik6113–84–28.564
2010–2013Mark Osiecki346–50–16.482
1995–2010John Markell15†280–267–56.511
1975–1995Jerry Welsh20†328–381–56.465
1972–1975Gerald Walford341–46–4.473
1970–1972Dave Chambers244–14–0.759
1966–1970Harry Neale449–48–3.505
1965–1966Glen Sonmor19–7–0.563
1963–1965Tom Bedecki26–14–0.300
Totals 9 coaches 56 916–911–163 .482

† John Markell coached the final 9 games of the 1994–95 season after Jerry Welsh resigned.

Statistical Leaders[18]

Career points leaders

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Paul Pooley 1980–1984 149 114 156 270 165
Ray Meyers 1970–1974 118 107 126 233 160
Dave Kobryn 1980–1984 154 72 151 223 194
Andy Browne 1980–1984 139 104 108 212 134
Paul Tilley 1976–1980 150 81 131 212 177
Larry Marson 1978–1982 143 82 128 210 49
Bruce Allworth 1973–1976 94 71 114 185 222
Rick Brebant 1984–1987 111 75 108 183 178
Tom Scanlon 1976–1980 145 76 101 177 215
Peter Bartkiewicz 1969–1973 115 86 88 174 68
Perry Pooley 1981–1984 152 85 89 174 151

Career goaltending leaders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

minimum 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Dave Caruso2002–2006965640523291959.9192.07
Brady Hjelle2011–201342236116186825.9332.08
Sean Romeo2017–2019543189301771185.9192.22
Jeff Maund1997–1999704139422241623.9212.35
Cal Heeter2008–20129452593936112265.9252.58

Statistics current through the start of the 2019–20 season.

Players

Current roster

As of September 3, 2019.[20]

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

NCAA

Individual Awards

All-Americans

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

  • 1983-84: Perry Pooley, F
  • 1998-99: Jeff Maund, G; Hugo Boisvert, F
  • 2002-03: R. J. Umberger, F
  • 2009-10: Zac Dalpe, F
  • 2016-17: Mason Jobst, F
  • 2017-18: Tanner Laczysnki, F
  • 2018-19: Mason Jobst, F


CCHA

Individual Awards

All-Conference Teams

First Team All-CCHA

  • 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

Second Team All-CCHA

  • 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

CCHA All-Rookie Team


Big Ten

Individual Awards

All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Big Ten

  • 2013–14: Ryan Dzingel, F
  • 2015–16: Josh Healey, D
  • 2016–17: Mason Jobst, F
  • 2017–18: Tanner Laczynski, F
  • 2018–19: Tommy Nappier, G

Second Team All-Big Ten

  • 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

Big Ten All-Rookie Team

  • 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

The following is a list of people associated with the Ohio State men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Ohio State Buckeyes Hall of Fame.[21]

Olympians

This is a list of Ohio State alumni who have played on an Olympic team.[18]

Name Position Ohio State Tenure Team Year Finish
Andrè SignorettiDefenseman1997–2001 ITA200611th
Ryan KeslerCenter2002–2003 USA2010 Silver

Buckeyes in the NHL[22]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[23] = NHL All-Star[23] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

WHA

One Buckeye played in the WHA.

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