April 9, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State goaltender Jeff Maund (So., Mississauga, Ontario) has declared his intentions to sign a professional contract with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and will forego his final two years of collegiate eligibility.
Maund has said he will sign a professional contract Monday as a free agent and will report to the Blackhawks training camp in the fall.
It was Maund’s stellar play down the stretch as a freshman in 1997-98 that helped Ohio State reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. After shutting out Yale in the first round, Maund turned in one of his best performances of the year in leading OSU to a 3-2 overtime victory over top-ranked Michigan State, which propelled the Buckeyes into college hockey’s Final Four. Maund calls that victory over the Spartans the highlight of his Ohio State career.
He finished his freshman season with a 2.36 goals against average and a .922 save percentage, marks that were among the best in the nation.
Maund’s sophomore season was even better. Once again, he led the Buckeyes into the NCAA Tournament and became the first Ohio State goalie to earn All-American honors after finishing the season with a 2.34 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. He collected three shutouts in the CCHA despite facing almost 150 more shots than the average conference goaltender.
Maund finishes his career as a Buckeye with a 42-22-4 record and a 2.35 goals against average, top all-time among OSU goalies. He also became only the third goaltender in OSU history to record over 1,000 saves in a career.
Jeff Maund’s Career Highlights, Records and Statistics….
Seven-time CCHA Player of the Week in his career. Two-timeCCM/USCHO National Player of the Week 1997-98 Ohio State MostValuable Player. 1997-98 CCHA all-Rookie Team. 1998 CCHAall-Tournament Team. 1998 NCAA West Regional Most OutstandingPlayer. Allowed one goal or less in 19 of his 70 career starts (27%of the time). Ranks first all-time at OSU with a 2.35 career GAA.1998-99 second-team All-American. First Ohio State goaltender everto be named All-American.
Jeff Maund’s Career Goaltending Statistics Year GP Min. W L T GA GAA Pct. 1997-98 32 1858:15 22 8 0 73 2.36 .922 1998-99 38 2283:05 20 14 4 89 2.34 .921 Totals 70 4141:20 42 22 4 162 2.35 .921
Quotes from Maund:
“When you look at all the things that were involved, I just had to do it. It was something that I could not turn down.”
“I’m still kind of in shock. It hasn’t really set in that I can say I’m a professional athlete now.”
On getting the chance to be a professional hockey player:
“This is what I have been playing for since I was young – trying to get to the ultimate level, and now I am there. It’s going to be a chance to get to do what I want to do and making a living at it.”
On the decision to turn pro:
“I don’t really think there were any second thoughts. I had to ask myself at first if I really wanted to go. I knew that there was a lot going for us here, with our ranking and the way the program is going. I feel we would have a shot and the national title, and I think we still do.”