April 16, 2019

Mason Jobst: Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist

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Two-time All-American Mason Jobst has left his mark throughout the Ohio State men’s hockey record book. Just the fifth Hobey Baker Award finalist in program history, Jobst is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. He is part of a senior class that advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times, including the team’s first trip to the Frozen Four in 20 years, and won the first Big Ten title in program history. Jobst led all 2018-19 NCAA skaters with 164 career points, the most for a Buckeye since 1989, and is the Big Ten record holder in career goals and points in league games. A two-time Team MVP and leading scorer, he is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice majoring in real estate and urban analysis. Following the season, Jobst signed with the NHL New York Islanders.

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What was been the most rewarding experience or opportunity during your time as a Buckeye student-athlete?

Coming from the small town of Speedway, Indiana, with a graduating class of 99 students, it was a dream of mine to really branch out and step out of my comfort zone. That is what Ohio State offered me – a chance to not only become a better athlete and student but also a chance to meet so many new people and make friends that will last a lifetime. That is what I will cherish most about this amazing university.

What makes you a good candidate for this award? Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to thank for helping you during your time at Ohio State?

The award is said to be given to the student-athlete who attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work. I believe that in my four years that is exactly what I have done, in the classroom I was a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete while also attaining my degree from the Fisher College of Business with a specialization in real estate and urban analysis. On the ice, I was a two-time captain helping lead the team to three straight NCAA tournaments, including a Frozen Four appearance, and the program’s first ever B1G regular season title.

There are so many people that I would like to thank for helping me get where I am today. First, the coaches and academic counselors for pushing me every day to be the best I can be. Also, my teammates who have been by my side through all the ups and downs these past years. Being a student-athlete is difficult and having friends to lean on is so important and that exactly what my teammates have done for me.  

In your opinion what does it mean to be a student-athlete, especially at a university like Ohio State?

The more time you spend at this amazing university the more you appreciate how special it really is. The student-athletes at this school continue to set the bar higher and higher every year. Academically, at the Scholar-Athlete Banquet you get to see how many students attain a 3.0 and even a 4.0. The bar for athletics is also so high. With B1G and National Championships being the standard it pushes you and your teammates to be the best you can be day in and day out.

What are your post-college plans? After graduation, how do you plan to take what you have learned as a student-athlete into the business world/professional athletic endeavors?

Ohio State has set me up to continue chasing my dreams of playing professional hockey. I just recently signed an NHL contract with the New York Islanders, which is something I have been dreaming of since I was a little boy. After my hockey career is over I plan on using my degree and getting into commercial real estate investing. This is a degree not many other schools have to offer and it was a very big reason why I chose to come to Ohio State. This school has prepared me for whatever challenges life has to throw at me and I’m so grateful for my time here. It’s been the best four years of my life.