The 2021-22 Buckeye roster features 15 players from last season’s roster and welcomes 10 newcomers to the team. Get to know the new faces wearing Scarlet and Gray this season:
Raygan Kirk, a goaltender, arrives in Columbus having played in 41 games over the past two seasons with 38 starts for Robert Morris. In 2020-21, while helping the Colonials win the CHA Tournament title and reach the NCAA Tournament, she had a 1.91 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and 433 total stops.
On the international stage, Kirk won gold with Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF U-18 World Championships, starting all four games and earning tournament MVP honors. She was invited to the 2019 Team Canada Summer Showcase camp and had the distinction of being the youngest player to get that honor.
Teagan Grant joins the Buckeyes this season after two seasons at Wisconsin. She played in 51 games for the Badgers and helped the team to a national championship in 2021.
Besides her hockey experience in the United States, the junior from New Liskeard, Ontario has plenty of experience representing her home country. She helped Hockey Canada to a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship and won silver with Team Ontario at the U18 National Championships in 2018. She was also a finalist at the Canada Winter Games in 2019. Grant played three seasons for the Toronto Aeros, winning the PWHL League Championship and gold at the Final Four Ontario Championship in 2018.
Hadley Hartmetz comes to Ohio State after most recently playing for Boston College. She played in 19 of the Eagle’s 20 contests during the 2020-21 season, scoring 14 goals on the year and adding 13 assists during her sophomore campaign. She tied for seventh nationally and third among Hockey East defenders in scoring and led the team with a plus-17 rating for the season. Her 13 assists was tied for fourth nationally among defenders. In her rookie season, Hartmetz tied for third on the team with 13 helpers and added 15 points to rank seventh nationally among rookie defenders.
Prior to her time in Boston, Hartmetz represented the United States twice on international ice. She was a member of the 2018 U-18 Women’s National Team that won gold at the IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia. In 2019, she helped the team to a silver medal at the U-18 World Championships. The Phoenixville, Pa. native played prep hockey for Shattuck-St. Mary’s where she helped the Sabres to Tier 1 U-19 national championships in 2017 and 2018.
Kenzie Hauswirth arrives in Columbus by way of Quinnipiac, where she played in 26 games for the Bobcats. She recorded eight goals and three assists in her two years on the team.
The Farmington, Minn. native played prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary’s, where she helped the Sabres to national championships in 2016 and 2018. She is also a two-time USA Hockey National Champion and was invited to attend the USA Hockey U18 National Team Camp.
A graduate from Anchorage, Alaska, Clair DeGeorge joins the Buckeye squad after playing four seasons at Bemidji State. She played in 128 career games and added 79 points (28 goals, 51 assists) for the team. DeGeorge finished her career tied for 10th on BSU’s career assists list and is tied for 13th in career points.
The forward played prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary’s, where she helped guide the team to four consecutive national championships. In 2016, she played for the United States in the U18 Series versus Canada, attended the Girls Select U18 Player Development Camp and participated in USA Hockey’s Women’s National Festival. She went on to win gold with the U18 Women’s National Team in 2017.
Madison Wiebe is one of two Buckeye freshmen this season. The North Vancouver, B.C. native played three seasons for the Greater Vancouver Comets before joining Delta Hockey Academy for one season in the CSSHL. In six games for the Huskies last season, she scored one goal and recorded five assists.
The forward was selected to the 2020-21 Hockey Canada National Women’s U18 Summer Camp and also skated in two games for Canada at the 2021 U18 Summer Showcase.
Lauren Bernard returns to her home state to play for the Buckeyes this season. The Madison, Ohio native previously played two seasons at Clarkson, skating in 56 games and recording 17 points on three goals and 14 assists. She was the Knights’ second-highest scorer from the blueline with 13 points, including 11 assists, as a freshman in 2019-20.
Prior to arriving at Clarkson, Bernard represented USA Hockey at the 2019 U18-World Championships in Obihiro, Japan, winning the Silver medal. She was named to the 2019 USA Today First-Team All-American team and skated for the Pens Elite program out of Pittsburgh, Pa. prior to 2019.
Lexi Templeman, from Staffa, Ontario, joins Ohio State after playing four seasons and graduating with a degree in accounting from Robert Morris.
She was the Colonials’ leading scorer last season with seven goals and 23 assists (30 points) while earning first team All-CHA honors. A veteran of 130 career games at Robert Morris, she finished her Robert Morris career with 127 points (34 goals, 93 assists). In her last full season – 2019-20 – Templeman finished second in the CHA in scoring with 44 points and was 10th nationally in assist per game. She was on the Robert Morris team that played Ohio State in her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Jamie Grinder joins Wiebe as the second freshman on the 2021-22 Buckeye roster, having also played for Delta Hockey Academy prior to arriving in Columbus. The Richmond, B.C. native played three seasons for the Huskies, skating in 55 games and tallying 27 points as a defenseman. She also made it to the Provincial Championships in not only hockey, but basketball, track and volleyball as well.
In 2020, Grinder was invited to the U18 Hockey Canada Team Summer Camp. In January, she was selected to attend the selection camp for Team Canada’s U18 team.
The third member of the Buckeyes’ new trio from Robert Morris arrives via Columbiaville, Mich. Emily Curlett played in 130 games over her four-year RMU career and in her last full season – 2019-20 – led the nation in power play goals with 13. She is first-team All-CHA honoree and the Colonials’ all-time leader in goals scored by a defender (43).
Like Templeman, Curlett also skated on the Robert Morris teams that competed against Ohio State in past seasons.