Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey

Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
University Ohio State University
Conference CCHA
Head coach Mark Osiecki
2nd year, 15–18–4
Arena Value City Arena
Capacity: 17,500
Location Columbus, Ohio
Colors Scarlet and Gray


NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Conference Tournament Champions
1972, 2004
Conference Regular Season Champions

The Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Ohio State University. The Buckeyes are a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). 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.[1]

One of the team's most successful seasons came in 1997-1998, 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.[2] That same season the Buckeyes advanced to the 1998 Frozen Four and lost in the semifinal game to Boston College 2-5.[2] The 1998 tournament was the program's first and only Frozen Four appearance to date. In 1999 the team advanced to the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Despite a first round elimination with a 2-4 loss to Maine,[3] this marked the first time in school history the team made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons.[4]

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.[5] The Buckeyes returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2009,[6] after three seasons when Ohio State received an at-large bid to 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 3-8 to Boston University in the First round.[7]

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, University of Michigan and Michigan State University will leave the CCHA to join University of Minnesota and the University of 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.[8]


The Buckeyes are currently coached by Mark Osiecki.[9] Osiecki was hired in April 2010, he replaces John Markell behind the OSU bench.[10] Osiecki is a retired NHL player with the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota North Stars.[11] He previously served as head coach and GM of the Green Bay Gamblers (United States Hockey League) from 1997–2004, and from 2004-2010 was the recruiting coordinator and assistant/defensive coach for the Wisconsin Badgers.[12]

All-time coaching records

As of completion of 2010–11 season[4]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2010–present Mark Osiecki 1 15–18–4 .459
1994–2010 John Markell 15 280–267–56 .511
1975–1995 Jerry Welsh 20 328–381–56 .463
1972–1975 Gerald Walford 3 41–46–4 .477
1970–1972 Dave Chambers 2 44–14–0 .759
1966–1970 Harry Neale 4 49–48–3 .505
1965–1966 Glen Sonmor 1 9–7–0 .563
1963–1965 Tom Bedecki 2 6–14–0 .300
Totals 8 coaches 48 seasons 772–795–123 .493


Current roster

As of August 5, 2011. Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey roster

# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
1 Missouri Cal Heeter L Senior St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis (NAHL)
30 Ohio Jeff Michael L Junior Hilliard, Ohio North Bay (NOJHL)
34 Minnesota Brady Hjelle L Junior International Falls, Minnesota Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
5 Minnesota Brandon Martell L Senior Elk River, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
6 Ohio Clark Cristofoli L Freshman Lewis Center, Ohio Sioux Falls (USHL)
7 Minnesota Al McLean L Freshman Duluth, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
8 British Columbia Curtis Gedig L Sophomore West Kelowna, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
21 Michigan Sean Duddy R Senior Ann Arbor, Michigan Wichita Falls (NAHL)
25 Ontario Justin DaSilva L Freshman Cambridge, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)
27 British Columbia Devon Krogh R Junior West Vancouver, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
44 Alberta Ben Gallacher L Freshman Calgary, Alberta Camrose (AJHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
9 Alberta Chad Niddery R Freshman Penticton, British Columbia Powell River (BCHL)
10 Colorado Darik Angeli R Freshman Lakewood, Colorado Tri-City (USHL)
11 Ohio Alex Lippincott L Sophomore Akron, Ohio Fargo (USHL)
12 Saskatchewan Travis Statchuk L Sophomore Wadena, Saskatchewan Salmon Arm (BCHL)
13 North Carolina Paul Kirtland L Junior Cary, North Carolina Fairbanks (NAHL)
14 Minnesota Alex Carlson L Junior Farmington, Minnesota North Iowa (NAHL)
15 Nebraska Nick Oddo R Freshman Omaha, Nebraska Omaha (USHL)
16 Manitoba Brendan Arniel L Sophomore Winnipeg, Manitoba Buffalo (OJHL)
17 Wisconsin Max McCormick L Freshman De Pere, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL)
18 Illinois Ryan Dzingel L Freshman Wheaton, Illinois Lincoln (USHL)
19 Michigan Danny Dries L Senior Lake Orion, Michigan New Hampshire (Hockey East)
20 Alberta Riley Simpson L Freshman Innisfail, Alberta Brooks (AJHL)
23 New York Cory Schneider L Senior Rochester, New York Penticton (BCHL)
25 Minnesota Matt Johnson R Freshman Stillwater, Minnesota Tri-City (USHL)
28 Ontario Alex Szczechura R Sophomore Brantford, Ontario Penticton (BCHL)
29 Alberta Tanner Fritz R Freshman Grande Prairie, Alberta Grande Prairie (AJHL)
33 Ohio Chris Crane R Sophomore West Chester, Ohio Green Bay (USHL)

Buckeyes in professional hockey

See also


  1. ^ Pletsch, Fred; Courtney Welch (2008). "Season By Season" (PDF). 2008–09 CCHA Media Guide and Record Book. Central Collegiate Hockey Association. pp. 119–152. http://www.ccha.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/ccha/sports/m-hockey/auto_pdf/08-mediaguide-section6. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b "1998 NCAA Tournament". Inside Colelge Hockey. 2002-04. http://insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_98.htm. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "1999 NCAA Tournament". Inside Colelge Hockey. 2002-04. http://insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_99.htm. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Ohio State Men's Hockey Team History". U.S. College Hockey Online. 2011. http://www.uscho.com/stats/history/ohio-state/mens-hockey/2010-2011/. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Weston, Paula C. (March 20, 2004). "Buckeyes Shock Wolverines For CCHA Title". U.S. College Hockey Online. http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2004/03/20/buckeyes-shock-wolverines-for-ccha-title/#. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2009 NCAA Tournament". Inside Colelge Hockey. 2002-04. http://insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_09.htm. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ Connelly, Jim (March 28, 2009). "Top-Seeded Boston University Storms Past Ohio State". U.S. College Hockey Online. http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2009/03/28/top-seeded-boston-university-storms-past-ohio-state/#. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Staff (March 21, 2011). "Big Ten confirms plan to sponsor hockey starting in 2013–14 season". USCHO. http://www.uscho.com/2011/03/21/big-ten-confirms-plan-to-sponsor-hockey-starting-in-2013-14-season/. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Boggs, Justin J. (April 24, 2010). "Osiecki Looks to Build on Tradition as New Ohio State Coach". USCHO. http://www.uscho.com/2010/04/24/osiecki-looks-to-build-on-tradition-as-new-ohio-state-coach/#. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Dowd, James V. (September 14, 2010). "INCH A-Z: Mark Osiecki". Inside Colelge Hockey. http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/2010/09/14/a-z-osiecki/. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mark Osiecki Biography". The Ohio State University. September 26, 2010. http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=87738&SPID=10406&DB_OEM_ID=17300&ATCLID=204937853&Q_SEASON=2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ Staff (April 24, 2010). "Ohio St. hires Wisconsin's Osiecki". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5133246. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 

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