With the season closing in, get to know the Buckeye hockey newcomers.
No. 26 Jaedon Leslie, a forward from St. Albert, Alberta, opens the series.
Leslie came to Ohio State after four years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He played with the Whitecourt Wolverines throughout his career until a trade to Fort McMurray during last season. Leslie was part of the 2016 AJHL North championship squad that reached the AJHL final. Away from hockey, he is the lead co-director of the St. Albert Humboldt Broncos Memorial Charity Tournament. He received a Community Spirit Leadership Award from the city of St. Albert, presented by the mayor, because of his efforts to organize the tournament.
Why did you choose your number at Ohio State?
I wore No. 26 throughout junior hockey so I stuck with it.
Tell us about your family …
My father is Greg Leslie, who works for Coca Cola and my mother is Tammy Leslie, a primary math consultant. I have a little brother Dylan (16) who also plays hockey.
Describe your perfect off day.
Going to the sauna or pool and then coming home and watching a movie.
When did you first start playing hockey? Did you play any other sports when you were younger?
I first started playing hockey when I was 4. I also played lacrosse and ball hockey growing up.
What is your favorite thing about Columbus so far?
How friendly everyone is, especially my teammates. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.