Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler became the first Ohio State player to compete in the NHL All-Star Game, skating in the league’s annual event Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. Kesler served as an alternate captain for Team Staal, which won the NHL All-Star Super Skills Saturday night. Kesler and Team Staal suffered an 11-10 loss in the main event Sunday.
Kesler was miced up for the VERSUS broadcast Sunday and spent time answering questions, earning Ohio State hockey a mention.
Kesler, a silver medalist with Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is now an alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks. He is having a career year, with 27 goals and 27 assists for 47 points through the first 50 games of the year. He has skated in 452 NHL regular-season games, recording 262 points on 117 goals and 145 assists. He has been mentioned as a candidate for the NHL MVP trophy this year. He was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the league’s best defensive forward, the last two seasons.