September 21, 2020

Meet the New Buckeyes – Matt Cassidy

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Ten questions with new Buckeye Matt Cassidy, a sophomore from New Jersey.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be, and why?
New Jersey – it’s the greatest state.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl

What is your favorite go-to snack?
Banana and peanut butter

Summer or winter?
Summer

Drive or be the passenger?
Drive

What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving – food and football

What was your first job?
Hardware store

First concert you attended?
Dave Matthews Band

What’s your favorite moment in your sport?
The guys cheering you on after a good play.

Who has helped you the most in your sport and how?
My close friend Evan Barratt. He pushed me to be better and learn from his game.

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Prior to Ohio State

  • Skated with Youngstown Phantoms in 2019-20, posting a 19-17-36 line in 49 games
  • Spent 2018-19 at Quinnipiac University, appearing in 15 games for the NCAA Tournament team and earning ECAC All-Academic Team honors
  • Played in the AJHL with the Brooks Bandits in 2017-18, notching 42 points (17g, 25a) in 52 games and adding three assists and four points in the playoffs
  • Spent 2016-17 with the Springfield Jr. Blues, with 38 points, on 15 goals and 23 assists, in 56 games; named to NAHL Midwest All-Rookie Team and was the Blues’ Rookie of the Year
  • Skated with the U.S. National U-17 Team and the USNTDP Junior Team in 2015-16, along with two games with the USHL Green Bay Gamblers
  • Played for Team Comcast AAA team and at St. Augustine Prep; earned First Team All-New Jersey and First Team All-Gordon Conference accolades
  • Also played lacrosse
  • Graduated from St. Augustine Prep in 2017

Personal

  • Son of Joseph, the vice president of finance at Stevens Institute of Technology who played football at Delaware, and Lori Ann, a reading specialist
  • Has a sister, Julie
  • On why he chose Ohio State: “A combination of world-class athletics, academics and an unbelievable alumni network attributed to my decision to attend OSU.”
  • Plans to major in finance or economics
  • Enjoys fishing, golfing and going to the beach
  • Started playing hockey at age 4; father would take him to Flyers games and he fell in love with the sport early and wanted to play
  • Summer jobs have included working at a gym, fencing company and hardware store and teaching at hockey camps
  • On his favorite hockey players: “Growing up I was a huge Mike Richards fan, but recently I have been following Ryan O’Reilly very closely. I love how they play both ends of the ice, lead and produce every night to help the team succeed. Also, they WIN!”