July 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Tanner Fritz will serve as the captain of the Ohio State men’s hockey team in 2014-15, while junior Sam Jardine will be the team’s alternate captain. Fritz and Jardine, both Academic All-Big Ten honorees who participated in the Chicago Blackhawks’ development camp this summer, were selected after a vote by the team.

“Tanner and Sam truly represent what being a Buckeye is all about on and off the ice,” Steve Rohlik, entering his second year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, said. “They are both outstanding hockey players and outstanding student-athletes. The program is in good hands with them leading the way.”

Fritz, from Grande Prairie, Alberta, was an alternate captain in 2013-14. He is the team’s leading returning scorer after posting 32 points, with eight goals and a team-high tying 24 assists, last season. He has played in 106 games as a Buckeye, with 25 goals, 58 assists and 83 points, and was a Second Team All-CCHA pick in 2012-13 after leading the conference in scoring. A sport industry major, Fritz is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Jardine, who hails from Lacombe, Alberta, played in 36 games in 2013-14 and had 13 points, including 12 assists. A draft pick of the Blackhawks, Jardine has played in 64 games through his first two years as a Buckeye and has 20 points, with 19 assists. Jardine, a sport industry major, is an Academic All-Big Ten choice and two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.