Sept. 19, 2013

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The inaugural Big Ten Hockey Media Day was held Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., as the conference readies for the first season of men’s hockey as a member sport. All six league head coaches, as well as student-athlete representatives from each team, were on hand to meet with media and television partners.

Steve Rohlik, in his first season as Ohio State’s head coach and a native of Saint Paul, addressed the group of assembled media from the podium, talking about all the benefits of the Big Ten adding hockey, both for the sport and the Buckeye program.

“At Ohio State, when you think of Ohio State athletics, you think of Big Ten. I think the hockey program there, we’re just scratching the surface, so I think it’s really going to affect our program maybe more than any other. With that being said with the city of Columbus, and the athletics and people who look at athletics down there in Ohio State, what Big Ten and the brand of Big Ten what that can mean to our hockey program is tremendous.”

To read the full transcript of Rohlik’s press conference, click HERE.

Rohlik and Buckeye senior captain Curtis Gedig spent time with one-on-one interviews on the concourse level of the arena, along with interviews and promo shoots for BTN, FOX and ESPN.

Click HERE for a Storify recap of Big Ten Hockey Media Day from the Big Ten.

At media day, Buckeye juniors Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list. Read more HERE.

The Buckeyes open 2013-14 with an exhibition game Oct. 5 vs. Toronto in Value City Arena. The regular season begins against Miami Oct. 10 in VCA.