January 2, 2018

Fritz Makes NHL Debut


Jan. 2, 2018

Tanner Fritz, a forward on the Ohio State men’s hockey team from 2012-15, made his NHL debut Tuesday, skating with the New York Islanders.

Fritz was recalled from AHL Bridgeport Monday, where he was fourth among AHL skaters in points, notching a 10-25-35 line through 29 games.

The Islanders suffered a 5-1 loss to Boston in Fritz’s debut. He saw 11:36 of ice time, including time on the power play, and put a shot on goal.

Almost game time! Getting ready for @TFritz91‘s #NHL debut. pic.twitter.com/F5srnHFLJk

— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 2, 2018

Following the game, Islanders head coach Doug Weight talked about Fritz’s play.

“I think he skated well. A couple of really nice plays. I don’t think there was a lot of flow, it was three or four minutes and then some power plays. I think Tanner was good, he’s a good skater and he made some strong plays. I think that line (Fritz, Nelson, Prince) actually had the most jump in the third period.”

Fritz started his pro career in 2015-16 with Missouri, where he had 33 points, with 10 goals and 23 assists. Following that, he signed a PTO, and then an AHL deal, with Bridgeport. He was fourth with the Sound Tigers in points last year (19-23-42) and signed a two-way deal with the Islanders during the offseason.

Ready for @TFritz91‘s #NHL debut tonight! pic.twitter.com/gOkfRbAsqz

— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 2, 2018

With the Buckeyes, Fritz had 110 points, with 36 goals and 74 assists, in 129 games. A 2013 Second Team All-CCHA choice, he was a captain as a senior and an alternate captain as a junior. Fritz was a three-time Academic All-Big ten selection and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Fritz spoke about his first NHL game after the contest.

“It was a good experience. I never thought I’d be in this position today. Obviously not the outcome I wanted to be a part of, or the team wanted, but to get my first game one out of the way – it’s a great feeling. Nice to have some family and friends here watching. It will be nice to look back on this day. I’ll always have that for the rest of my life and I’m happy for that.”