Four members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team were recognized by the Big Ten Conference Monday. Senior forward Tanner Laczynski was named Second Team All-Big Ten and senior defensemen Wyatt Ege and Gordi Myer, along with junior goalie Tommy Nappier, were Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selections. Myer also received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State. The All-Big Ten teams were selected by the seven Big Ten coaches and a panel of media voters.
Laczynski ends his career as a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, with first team accolades in 2018 and honorable mention recognition in 2019. A native of Shorewood, Illinois, Laczynski posted a team-best 34 points and 23 assists, ranking fourth with 11 goals, in 2019-20. It was his fourth consecutive season with 30+ points, 20+ assists and 10+ goals. Laczynski, an alternate captain for the Buckeyes, ended the season tied for third among Big Ten players in points and second in assists, leading the league with 14 power play assists and 17 power play points. He finished his career tied for 22nd in program history with 143 points, including 95 assists, in 138 games in the Scarlet and Gray. He is the second Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten first/second/honorable mention recognition three times, joining Mason Jobst (2017-19).
Myer, from Sylvania, Ohio, and an alternate captain for the Buckeyes, played in all 36 games in 2019-20, with the squad holding opponents to 2.28 goals a game to rank 13th nationally in team defense. He had a career-high five goals and 14 points, ranking second in scoring among the Buckeye defensemen and tying for 11th among Big Ten blueliners. He was first on the team and tied for sixth in the B1G with 68 shot blocks. Myer closed out his Ohio State career with 133 games played, posting an 8-37-45 line, with 192 shot blocks and a +30 rating, the fourth-best for a Buckeye defenseman since 2001. The Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner had just 14 penalties and 31 penalty minutes in his career, with five penalties as a senior.
Ege, a redshirt senior, hails from Elk River, Minn. He skated in 35 games for the Buckeyes in 2019-20, with the squad holding opponents to 2.28 goals a game to rank 13th nationally in team defense. He had a Buckeye-career best four goals, including a hat trick at Mercyhurst, notching eight assists for 12 points. Ege had 33 shot blocks and ended the year +10 to tie for second on the squad. He played in 145 collegiate games, with a 10-44-54 line, and saw action in 111 games in the Scarlet and Gray, notching 41 points, with six goals and 35 assists, along with 106 shot blocks and a +25 rating.
Nappier, who was the 2019 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and a First Team All-B1G honoree that season, started 32 of 36 Buckeye games in 2019-20 and posted a 2.04 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, ranking 11th and eighth, respectively, among NCAA goalies. The St. Louis native’s season goals-against average was the fourth-best in Ohio State history, with his save percentage third. He earned Big Ten Star of the Week honors four times and was tabbed the NCAA Goalie of the Month for December. He will enter his senior season with a 33-14-7 record, 1.92 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his career.
Laczynski and Myer earned their bachelor’s degrees this spring, while Ege was enrolled in the master’s of coaching program after earning his undergraduate degree in 2019. All three have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
Ohio State, ranked 10th at the end of the year, closed the shortened 2019-20 campaign 20-11-5 and was 11-9-4-1 in Big Ten play, finishing in a tie for second and earning the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes swept Wisconsin in the first round of the conference tourney, with 9-1 and 2-1 OT victories, in what proved to be the final games of the campaign.