Nov. 23, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A trio of United States Hockey League players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Ohio State men’s hockey team beginning in Fall 2017, Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, announced. The group includes goalie Tommy Nappier (St. Louis, Mo./Chicago Steel), forward Austin Pooley (Dublin, Ohio/Youngstown Phantoms) and defenseman Michael Rounds (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Des Moines Buccaneers).
In addition, defenseman Wyatt Ege and goalie Sean Romeo, who transferred to Ohio State and enrolled this fall, will be eligible to play for the Buckeyes beginning in Fall 2017 after sitting out 2016-17 to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements.
“We are really excited to add these five players to our program next year,” Rohlik said. “They all bring the right mix off the ice and on the ice to add to our culture.”
Forward, 6-1, 198
Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
In first season with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL and has eight points, with six goals and two assists, through his first 18 games … spent two seasons with USHL Fargo Force … earned 11 points on four goals and seven assists in 60 games during 2015-16 … totaled 15 points (8g, 7a) in 57 games in 2014-15 … played in 46 games and four playoff games with Omaha Lancers in the USHL in 2013-14, registering eight points (1g, 7a) … played with Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program, collecting 82 points on 29 goals and 53 assists over two seasons … son of former Buckeye Perry Pooley, a forward from 1980-84 who amassed 174 points (85 goals, 89 assists) in his career at Ohio State to rank among the Top 10 scorers in program history … nephew of Paul Pooley, the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer (270 points).
Goaltender, 6-3, 205
Chicago Steel (USHL)
St. Louis, Mo.
Joined Chicago Steel of the USHL for this season … ranked in Top 4 among USHL goaltenders with 1.75 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through his first nine games (seven wins, one loss and an overtime loss) … played for the Springfield Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League in 2015-16 and saw action in 39 games, garnering 2.45 goals-against average and .919 save percentage … played in 40 games over two seasons with the St. Louis AAA Blues before moving to the NAHL.
Defense, 6-0, 179
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
In first season with Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL … has two assists through his first 15 games … played in 55 games for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in 2015-16, earning 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists … played with the South Division team at the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament … skated with the Lansing Capitals of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) for three seasons before moving to the NAHL.
Defense, 5-11, 165
Alaska Anchorage (WCHA)/Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Elk River, Minn.
Will have three years of eligibility at Ohio State … skated in 34 games with Alaska Anchorage in 2015-16, posting 13 points on four goals and nine assists … named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team … played for Dubuque in the USHL in 2014-15 and had a 3-21-24 line … NAHL All-Rookie Team choice while playing with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in 2013-14; had 20 points, including 127 assists, in 59 regular season games … skated in 14 playoff games and had four goals and three assists as the team won the Robertson Cup.
Goalie, 6-1, 173
Maine (Hockey East)/Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
Will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State … played two seasons at Maine … started 21 of 23 games played as a freshman in 2014-15, with a 3.04 goals-against average and .902 save percentage … saw action in two games in 2015-16, posting 2.27 goals-against average and .933 save percentage … spent three seasons with Youngstown in the USHL … assistant captain for the Phantoms in 2013-14 and had a 3.42 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 30 games … played in 53 games in 2012-13, with a 2.75 gaa and .910 sv%; had 2.36 gaa and .905 save percentage in nine playoff games … saw action in 16 games in first season with Youngstown (2011-12).