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July 30, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey forward Tom Fritsche was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft Saturday in Ottawa, Ontario. Fritsche, a Parma, Ohio, native and the 2005 INCH National Freshman of the Year, was the 47th overall pick in the draft.

Last season, Fritsche was a Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team selection after leading the Buckeyes in scoring. He had a team-best 34 assists and 45 points, the highest point total for a Buckeye freshman since 1992, as well as a +21 rating. Fritsche, who played for the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) prior to coming to Ohio State, was named to the 2005 CCHA All-Tournament Team and led OSU with nine postseason points.

Buckeye goalie Ian Keserich, also a native of Parma, Ohio, was drafted by the Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2004 draft (No. 215).

Fritsche’s brother, Dan, was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2003 draft with the 46th pick. Dan played in 19 games for the Blue Jackets in 2003-04 and played for the Memorial Cup champion London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

Fritsche is the fourth-highest draft pick out of Ohio State, behind first-round choices R.J. Umberger (No. 16 in 2001), Ryan Kesler (No. 23 in 2003) and Dave Steckel (No. 30 in 2001). Fritsche is the first Buckeye to be drafted in the second round of the NHL draft. This year, he was the first player from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association chosen in the draft.