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Nov. 19, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head men’s hockey coach John Markell announced Wednesday the addition of six student-athletes who have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent for the 2004-05 season. Sam Campbell (Hamilton, Ontario), John Dingle (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Ian Keserich (Parma, Ohio) Domenic Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.), Matt McIlvane (Naperville, Ill.) and Brandon Scero (Canton, Mich.) comprise the class that will enroll in Ohio State beginning in Fall 2004. The group will be joined by defenseman Kyle Hood (Osoyoos, British Columbia), who signed with the Buckeyes in Fall 2002.

Campbell, a 5-9, 170-pound left-shot forward, plays for the Hamilton Red Wings in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. He has played in 23 games this season and is tied for fourth in the league with 47 points, including 14 goals and 33 assists. His point total is first on his team and is tied for the lead among Western Division skaters. Last season, Campbell was fourth on his team in scoring as a 17-year-old and won the team’s coaches award. Campbell was born March 24, 1986.

Dingle is a right-shot forward for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League. He is tied for third on the squad in points (14), ranks second in assists with 11 and holds a +5 rating in 18 games. He is serving as an assistant captain as a rookie on the squad. Dingle (6-1, 210) won a national championship with the Pittsburgh Forge last season and was named to the 2003 NAHL All-Rookie Team. Dingle was born May 24, 1984.

Keserich is in his second season playing for his hometown Cleveland Barons in the North American Hockey League. The 6-2, 180-pounder has played 1123:28 in net, making 547 saves and allowing 60 goals for a 3.20 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. This past summer, Keserich was a member of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that won the gold medal at the Under-18 Junior World Cup and was named the best goaltender of the tournament. Buckeye freshman Sean Collins played for the Barons in 2001-02. Keserich was born Jan. 6, 1986. Maiani, a 5-10, 175-pound right-shot center, is in his second season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. In 15 games this season, he leads the team in scoring with 14 points, including five goals and nine assists, and has a +6 rating. Last season, Maiani posted 7-12-19 totals in 50 games. He competed for Team USA at the 2002 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. Buckeye seniors Mike Betz and Chris Olsgard both played for the Musketeers for two seasons (1998-99, 1999-00). Maiani was born May 23, 1986.

McIlvane, a 6-1, 200-pound right-shot center, plays for the Chicago Steel in the USHL. A rookie with the squad, he has 6-4-10 totals and a team-best +9 rating in 15 games. He played for the Chicago Freeze in the North American Hockey League last season, posting 56 points in 53 games to rank second on the team. McIlvane earned all-rookie team honors and was named the league’s player of the month in February. In 2001-02, McIlvane played for Team Illinois (AAA), with 23-30-53 totals in 51 games. McIlvane was born Nov. 2, 1985.

Scero, a 6-0, 190-pound forward, is a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP). Through 14 games this season, he ranked first on the squad with 10 goals (including three gamewinners) and was second in scoring with 13 points. Scero is the fifth player to come to Ohio State from the National Team Development Program, joining senior Dave Steckel, R.J. Umberger (2001-03), Ryan Kesler (2003) and Scott Titus (1999-03). Scero was born June 5, 1986.

Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2004-05 Recruiting Class Sam Campbell F 5-9 170 Hamilton, Ontario Hamilton Red Wings (OPJHL) John Dingle F 6-1 210 Shaker Heights, Ohio Tri-City Storm (USHL) Ian Keserich G 6-2 180 Parma, Ohio Cleveland Barons (NAHL) Domenic Maiani F 5-10 175 Shelby Township, Mich. Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) Matt McIlvane F 6-1 200 Naperville, Ill. Chicago Steel (USHL) Brandon Scero F 6-0 190 Canton, Mich. U.S. National Under-18 Team (NTDP)