Aug. 31, 2015

2014-15 Buckeye Letterwinners in the Pros

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, 35 former Ohio State men’s hockey letterwinners had taken to the ice in different professional hockey leagues around the world, including the NHL, AHL, ECHL and European leagues.

Six former Buckeyes competed in the NHL, including Ryan Kesler who accumulated 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) with the Anaheim Ducks in the 15 playoff games through the Western Conference Final, where the Ducks fell in Game 7 to the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3. During the regular season, Kesler tallied 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 81 games with 75 penalty minutes.

R.J. Umberger skated in 67 games for the Philadelphia Flyers, earning 15 points with nine goals and six assists. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin competed in 76 games for the season, racking up 15 points on two goals and 13 assists, with 32 penalty minutes.

Tyson Strachan played in 46 games for the Buffalo Sabres, collecting five assists and 44 penalty minutes. Fellow Buckeye alum Zac Dalpe split his season between the Sabres and the Rochester Americans of the AHL, competing in 21 games for Buffalo and claiming three points on one goal and two assists.

Matt Bartkowski competed as a defenseman for the Boston Bruins in 47 games. Bartkowski totaled four points on four assists and 37 penalty minutes for the season.

Click the PDF above for a complete list of former Ohio State players who played professional hockey in 2014-15.