January 4, 2017

Buckeye Spotlight – David Gust


Jan. 4, 2017

David Gust, a native of Orland Park, Ill., is a senior on the Ohio State men’s hockey team. He is second in goals for the Buckeyes, notching a career-high tying 11, and is fourth with 17 points. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA with six power play goals, with the Buckeye power play ranked fourth nationally.

This weekend, the No. 11-ranked Buckeyes host No. 2-ranked Penn State in a Big Ten Conference series. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes close their five-game homestand with a nonconference matchup against Arizona State, with the teams meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 and 2 p.m. Jan. 14.

How did you decide to come to Ohio State?
The campus. My older sister (Kara) attended OSU and had nothing but good things to say.

How long have you been playing hockey?
I started skating at 4 years old

Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
I have to put on these Normatec boots (they fill up with air loosening my legs up) and also get a Tim Horton’s cup of mud on the way to the rink.

What is your favorite part of hockey?
My favorite part about the sport of hockey is the relationships I’ve built along the way and laughs in the locker room.

What is the hardest thing about hockey?
The hardest thing about our sport is how long the season is and the physical toll it puts on the body.

How do you balance athletics and academics?
Time management is key along with always communicating with the professors.

Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major of Family Financials because I like to work with numbers.

Where is your favorite spot to study on campus?
My favorite study spot would have to be the top floor in the Thompson Library… the view up there is something else.

What is your favorite class you have taken at Ohio State? My favorite class is Entrepreneurship because it made you think a different way than you’re used to.

What is a fun fact about you not many people know about?
A fun fact about myself is that I was born with six toes (don’t worry I only have 5 now).

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Who do you admire most and why?
I admire my dad because he supports me in all that I do and has always put my family before himself.

Describe Ohio State in one word.