COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Kesler, who played for the Buckeyes in 2002-03, was named to the US Olympic Team, USA Hockey announced Friday.
A two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and a U.S. National Team Development Team product, he is believed to be the first former Buckeye to play for the US team. Kesler represented the United States in the 2006 Men’s World Championship, the 2003 and ’04 World Junior Championship and the 2002 Men’s World Under-18 Championship.
Kesler, who was selected by Vancouver in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (No. 23 overall), is in his sixth season in the NHL, all with the Canucks. An alternate captain for the Canucks, he was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Award, given to the league’s top defensive forward, last season.
RJ Umberger, a Buckeye from 2001-03 and current Columbus Blue Jacket, is on a short list of players still in the mix to make the US team should injuries happen to the current Team USA members.
Former Buckeye Andre Signoretti competed for Italy in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.