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This Q&A ran in the Buckeye gameday program for the Michigan series

Junior forward John Albert has always had his sights set on Columbus. Growing up less than an hour from the Capital City in Concord, Ohio, Albert, an honorable mention All-CCHA choice a year ago and a preseason second team all-league choice entering this year, has always dreamed of attending Ohio State. He cites his experiences with the U.S. National Team Development Program as one of the most valuable and honorable experiences he has had. Albert talks about the road to the NHL and how the Buckeyes can improve in 2010.

Was it always your dream playing for Ohio State growing up in Ohio?
“Living in Ohio, I think everyone’s dream is to go to Ohio State. To get the opportunity to play here –  let alone go to school here – has been a dream come true for me.” 

Describe your experience playing with the U.S. National Team and representing your country.
“It was an unbelievable experience. I got the opportunity thankfully from hard work growing up. Wearing the USA jersey was a privilege. I will never forget that experience.”

Was it difficult to go to Ohio State after graduating from a Pioneer High School, a school only a mile away from Yost Ice Arena and the University of Michigan?
“No. I actually committed to Ohio State before playing with the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor. Obviously, Michigan and Ohio State are rivals, but like it or not, I decided to play for the team here.”

Talk about being drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
“It was a dream come true for me. I’ve worked my whole life to get where I am today and getting drafted in the NHL was the biggest goal of mine and now it’s to make it there. While I’m at Ohio State, I’m going to work hard here, but being drafted was an honor.”

After a successful run to the NCAA Tournament last season, what are the team’s goals for this campaign?
“This year, we should be better in the CCHA. We finished fifth last year and getting in the top four and that first weekend bye for the playoffs is critical to make it to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championship. We’ll do our best to win the CCHA and make it to the NCAA Tournament and see how far we can make it there.”