Sept. 10, 2013

Buckeyes in the Pros

During the 2012-2013 season 40 former Ohio State men’s hockey players spent the year on ice in multiple professional hockey leagues across the globe including the NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL, and European leagues.

Six former hockey Buckeyes spent time in the NHL in 2012-13. RJ Umberger played all 48 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets during the shortened NHL season and registered 18 points before the team was knocked out of the playoff race on the last day of the regular season. 

Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler missed the first 12 games of the NHL season recovering from off season shoulder and wrist surgeries. During his first game back, Kesler fractured his right foot blocking a shot vs. the Dallas Stars. He did not play during the month of March, but returned April 8 vs. Phoenix and tallied the game winning goal.

Dave Steckel started the 2012-2013 campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, registering an assist in 13 games. Steckel was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in mid-March, playing his first game for the Ducks March 16 in St. Louis. Steckel was able to contribute a goal and five assists for six points in 21 games for the Ducks during the end of the regular season. The Ducks lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. Steckel dressed in all seven games, tallying a goal and an assist.

Matt Bartkowski skated in 56 games for the Providence Bruins of the AHL before being called up by the Boston Bruins March 23. Bartkowski finished off the NHL regular season with Boston, adding two assists. Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs in 7 games, with Bartkowski skating in two outings. He registered his first NHL goal and saw nearly 25 minutes of ice in game seven of the first round. Bartkowski picked up an assist in the second round against the New York Rangers, who the Bruins defeated in five games. The Bruins swept Pittsburgh in the conference final to reach the Stanley Cup final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Tyson Strachan spent the 12-13 campaign skating for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and the Florida Panthers. He played in 38 games for the Panthers registering four assists and 40 penalty minutes.

Zac Dalpe was up and down between the Charlotte Checkers and the Carolina Hurricanes this past season, posting a goal and two assists for three points for the Hurricanes. Dalpe also put up 21 goals and 21 assists for the Checkers to rank fourth on the team in points and third in goals.

Click the PDF above for a complete list of former Ohio State players who played professional hockey in 2012-13.