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COLUMBUS, Ohio Jason DeSantis, Tom Fritsche and Tommy Goebel, men’s hockey seniors, signed professional contracts last week following the conclusion of the Buckeyes’ season.

DeSantis, a defenseman, signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. He also agreed to an AHL contract for the 2008-09 season. DeSantis ended his Buckeye career with 60 points, including 16 goals and 44 assists, in 144 games as a Buckeye. He joins former Buckeye Nate Guenin (2002-05) on the Phantoms roster, while former Buckeye R.J. Umberger is a member of the Flyers.

Fritsche, a forward who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, signed an ATO with the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Avalanche. Fritsche played in 137 games as a Buckeye and recorded 107 points, including 75 assists, with a 5-14-19 line in 2007-08. He was the 2005 INCH National Freshman of the Year, a 2005 CCHA All-Rookie Team choice and received the 2007 Terry Flanagan Memorial Award, given to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s comeback player of the year.

Goebel, a forward, signed an ATO with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. Goebel was the team’s leading scorer in 2007-08, posting 21 goals and 36 assists. Goebel, who spent two years at Michigan State before transferring to Ohio State, completed his collegiate career with 54 goals, 61 assists and 115 points in 148 games.