COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gordi Myer, who completed his career with the Ohio State men’s hockey team in 2019-20, has signed his first professional contract with his hometown team, agreeing to terms with the Toledo Walleye, the ECHL organization announced Thursday.
“I think he’s going to fit in great,” Dan Watson, the Walleye head coach, said. “He’s a puck-moving defenseman who has the ability to break pucks out which is really important in today’s game. The skating ability, the ability to break pucks out and the ability to join the rush – those are all things I really like about him.”
Myer closed out his Ohio State career in March with 133 games played, posting an 8-37-45 line, with 192 shot blocks and a +30 rating, the fourth-best for a Buckeye defenseman since 2001. He was a leader on the Buckeye defense that has ranked in the Top 15 each of the last three years. The 2020 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner had just 14 penalties and 31 penalty minutes in his career, with five penalties as a senior.
An alternate captain in 2019-20, Myer earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten accolades after playing in all 36 games, with the squad holding opponents to 2.28 goals a game to rank 13th nationally in team defense. He had a career-high five goals and 14 points, ranking second in scoring among the Buckeye defensemen and tying for 11th among Big Ten blueliners. He was first on the team and tied for sixth in the B1G with 68 shot blocks.
Myer earned his Ohio State degree in economics – business in May. He was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and received a Woody and Anne Hayes postgraduate scholarship through the Ohio State department of athletics.
He was part of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams (including a 2018 Frozen Four trip), with the team poised for a program record fourth when the remainder of the season was cancelled in March. The Buckeyes finished in the Top 3 of the Big Ten each of Myers’ four years and won the 2019 Big Ten regular season title. The squad was 20-11-5 in 2019-20 and had advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Buckeyes started last season at the Walleye’s home, the Huntington Center, where they captured the Ice Breaker Tournament title with a tie/shootout win vs. Western Michigan and a victory over RIT in the championship game.