Buckeye All-American Mason Jobst has agreed to terms on an amateur tryout agreement with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team announced Thursday. The Sound Tigers are an affiliate of the New York Islanders. Jobst signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders April 2, which begins in 2019-20.
Jobst wrapped up his Buckeye career this spring as one of the best in program history. He earned his second All-America honor last week, becoming just the second Buckeye two-time All-American. He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist this year and earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades for the second time. He also was Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2018 and is just the second Buckeye to earn first/second team all-conference honors three times.
He led the Buckeyes with 17 goals and 36 assists this year and ended his career tied for 12th in program history with 164 points, on 69 goals and 75 assists. He led all 2018-19 skaters in career points and is one of just 21 NCAA skaters with 150+ points since 2013-14.
The Speedway, Indiana, native is one of five finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the top senior student-athlete on each Big Ten campus. A real estate and urban analysis major who will graduate this spring, he is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Jobst, a two-time captain, is part of a senior class that advanced to three NCAA Championships, including a 2018 Frozen Four trip. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular season title this year, the first in program history and first conference title for the program in nearly 50 years.
The Sound Tigers are in the Calder Cup playoffs and open their Atlantic Division semifinal series at 7 p.m. Friday against the Hershey Bears.
Jobst joins Buckeye alum Tanner Fritz in the Islanders organization. A Buckeye from 2012-15, Fritz was a Second Team All-CCHA player and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Fritz is in his fourth year of professional hockey. He has skated in 42 NHL games with the Islanders, including eight this year, but is currently out while recovering from surgery for a blood clot in his hand. He saw action in 57 games for the Sound Tigers this year, with 37 points on 12 goals and 25 assists.