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Congratulations to former Buckeye Ryan Kesler, who earned a silver medal with the U.S. men’s hockey team yesterday at the Vancouver Olympics. In the gold medal game Kesler, a first-round draft pick who now is an alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks, scored to cut Canada’s lead to 2-1. In Team USA’s win over Canada last Sunday, Kesler scored an empty-net goal to seal the victory.

Kesler is on his way to Columbus today, where he and the Canucks will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night in Nationwide Arena as the NHL gets back into action.

Kesler, the first former Buckeye to play for Team USA in the Olympics, is now the first Olympic medalist in program history.

With Kesler’s silver, all five Buckeye athletes at the Vancouver Games came home with a medal. He joins four women’s hockey Buckeyes – gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme of Canada, silver medalist Lisa Chesson from Team USA and Finland’s Emma Laaksonen and Minttu Tuominen who both won bronze.