Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey
|Ohio State Buckeyes|
|University||Ohio State University|
|Head coach||Steve Rohlik|
6th season, 112–79–27 (.576)
|Alternate captain(s)||Sasha Laroque |
|Arena||Value City Arena|
|Colors||Scarlet and Gray|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Conference regular season championships|
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.
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.
All-time coaching records
As of completion of 2016–17 season
|Totals||9 coaches||54 seasons||870–890–153||.495|
Ohio State established hockey as a varsity sport in 1963–64.
|Tom Bedecki (Independent) (1963–1965)|
|Glen Sonmor (Independent) (1965–1966)|
|Harry Neale (Independent) (1966–1970)|
|Dave Chambers (Independent) (1970–1971)|
|Dave Chambers (CCHA) (1971–1972)|
|Gerald Walford (CCHA) (1972–1973)|
|Gerald Walford (Independent) (1973–1975)|
|Jerry Welsh (CCHA) (1975–1995)|
|John Markell (CCHA) (1994–2010)|
|1997–98||John Markell||27–13–2||19–10–1||3rd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1998–99||John Markell||21–16–4||17–10–3||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2002–03||John Markell||25–13–5||16–8–4||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2003–04||John Markell||26–16–0||16–12–0||4th||NCAA First Round|
|2004–05||John Markell||27–11–4||21–5–2||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2008–09||John Markell||23–15–4||13–11–4||5th||NCAA First Round|
|Mark Osiecki (CCHA) (2010–2013)|
|Steve Rohlik (Big Ten) (2013–present)|
|2016–17||Steve Rohlik||21–12–6||11–8–1–1||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2017–18||Steve Rohlik||26–10–5||14–8–2–1||2nd||NCAA Frozen Four|
Postseason invitational champion
As of January 10, 2019.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|3||Sasha Larocque (C)||Senior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||206 lb (93 kg)||1994-02-09||Calgary, Alberta||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|5||Gordi Myer||Junior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1996-02-28||Sylvania, Ohio||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|6||Tommy Parran||Senior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1995-08-07||Shaker Heights, Ohio||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|7||Wyatt Ege||Junior (RS)||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||174 lb (79 kg)||1995-03-19||Elk River, Minnesota||Alaska Anchorage (WCHA)||—|
|8||Dakota Joshua||Senior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1996-05-15||Dearborn, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)||TOR, 128th overall 2014|
|9||Tanner Laczynski||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||193 lb (88 kg)||1997-06-01||Shorewood, Illinois||Lincoln (USHL)||PHI, 169th overall 2016|
|10||John Wiitala||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||178 lb (81 kg)||1995-03-27||Lakeville, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|11||Kamil Sadlocha||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||168 lb (76 kg)||1999-04-12||Carpentersville, Illinois||Madison (USHL)||—|
|12||Miguel Fidler||Junior (RS)||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1996-03-14||Edina, Minnesota||Madison (USHL)||FLA, 143rd overall 2014|
|14||Austin Pooley||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1996-07-31||Dublin, Ohio||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|15||Freddy Gerard||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||171 lb (78 kg)||1994-01-19||Rocky River, Ohio||Madison (USHL)||—|
|16||Quinn Preston||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1997-10-21||Trenton, Michigan||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|17||Sam McCormick||Junior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-02-20||De Pere, Wisconsin||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|19||Matthew Jennings||Freshman||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||173 lb (78 kg)||1997-06-07||Buford, Georgia||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|20||Collin Peters||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1997-02-05||Sheboygan, Wisconsin||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|21||Eugene Fadyeyev||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-10-08||Kiev, Ukraine||Madison (USHL)||—|
|23||Michael Rounds||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-10-29||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|24||Ryan O'Connell||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-04-25||Manotick, Ontario||Penticton (BCHL)||TOR, 203rd overall 2017|
|25||Brendon Kearney||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1995-03-12||Northville, Michigan||Chicago (USHL)||—|
|26||Mason Jobst (C)||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1994-02-17||Speedway, Indiana||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|29||Gustaf Westlund||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-12-12||Stockholm, Sweden||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|30||Sean Romeo||Senior (RS)||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1994-11-07||Cary, North Carolina||Maine (HEA)||—|
|31||Evan Moyse||Sophomore||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1996-06-18||Olmsted Falls, Ohio||Wichita Falls (NAHL)||—|
|37||Tommy Nappier||Sophomore||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||1998-06-22||St. Louis, Missouri||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|40||Ronnie Hein||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||188 lb (85 kg)||1997-01-22||Chelsea, Michigan||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|50||Matt Miller||Junior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||209 lb (95 kg)||1995-08-22||East Palestine, Ohio||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|61||Grant Gabriele||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-04-17||Brighton, Michigan||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|72||Carson Meyer||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-08-18||Powell, Ohio||Miami (NCHC)||CBJ, 179th overall 2017|
Buckeyes in professional hockey
- Tom Askey, retired goaltender for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and various European pro teams.
- Mike Bales, retired goaltender for the Ottawa Senators and various European pro teams.
- Ryan Dzingel Current NHL player and 6th round draft choice for the Ottawa Senators
- Matt Bartkowski, current NHL hockey player/defenseman with Vancouver Canucks.
- Mathieu Beaudoin current NHL hockey player with Arizona Coyotes.
- Sean Collins current NHL hockey player for the Washington Capitals.
- Corey Elkins, current NHL hockey player/left wing with Los Angeles Kings.
- Tom Fritsche, 2nd round draft choice, currently with the Lake Erie Monsters(AHL).
- Nate Guenin, current NHL player with the Colorado Avalanche.
- Ryan Kesler, current NHL hockey player with the Anaheim Ducks.
- Jamie Macoun, longtime veteran ice hockey defenceman in the NHL.
- Jeff Madill, retired NHL player with the New Jersey Devils.
- Bill McKenzie, retired NHL goaltender.
- Éric Meloche, current professional hockey player with the Straubing Tigers (DEL).
- Kevin Montgomery current NHL draft choice, currently with the Lake Erie Monsters(AHL).
- Rod Pelley, currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL.
- Dave Steckel, current ice hockey player in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Tyson Strachan, current NHL player/defenseman with the Buffalo Sabres.
- R.J. Umberger, current ice hockey player/center in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers.
- Jim Witherspoon, retired NHL player/defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings.
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