NHL players returned to their teams throughout the league this week as part of Phase 3 of the league’s Return to Play plan, with former Ohio State standouts among the returnees. Phase 3 is basically a training camp, as players work their way into game shape before the Stanley Cup qualifiers start Aug. 1.
Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, who both skated for the Buckeyes from 2012-14, are in camp with the Carolina Hurricanes. Dzingel, who got married in July during the NHL’s pause, played in 64 games for the Hurricanes during the 2019-20 regular season, with 29 points on eight goals and 21 assists. McCormick skated in 56 games for the Charlotte Checkers in 2019-20, Carolina’s AHL affiliate, and had a 16-19-35 line.
Matt Bartkowski, a Buckeye in 2008-09 and 2009-10, is in camp with the Minnesota Wild. Bartkowski saw action in 55 games for the AHL Iowa Wild, with 16 assists and 18 points. He was recalled by the NHL team during the season, but did not see game action.
Matt Tomkins, a goalie for the Buckeyes from 2014-17, is in camp with the Chicago Blackhawks. He played 13 games for AHL Rockford in 2019-20, with a 3.12 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Tomkins signed a two-way NHL/AHL deal with Chicago in January.