For three years, Austin Pooley has worn No. 14 for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. For his final collegiate season, the native of Dublin, Ohio, will don a new number, one that is significant to both his family and Buckeye hockey.
This upcoming season, Pooley will wear No. 12, the number his father, Perry, wore during an All-American career with the Buckeyes from 1981-84.
“To be able to wear the number that was worn by a person that has done so much for me and the Ohio State hockey program is an honor,” Austin said. “Having the opportunity to follow in my dad and best friend’s footsteps and wear No. 12 is a dream come true. I am excited to leave it all on the ice this year with my dad watching while I’m wearing his old number.”
Through his first three seasons in the Scarlet and Gray, Austin has skated in 110 games, posting eight goals and 22 points. As a junior in 2019-20, he had a career-best nine assists and 12 points and led the squad with a +11 rating.
Austin was an alternate captain for the Buckeyes last year, the first Central Ohio native to serve as a captain for the program. He was part of the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship squad and NCAA appearances in 2018 and ’19 (including a Frozen Four berth in 2018), with the squad poised for another trip in 2020 before the season was ended early because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I take great pride in where I came from and having the last name that I have,” Austin said. “Every day I wake up and try to add to that any way I can. Every day of my life I try to represent my last name and build on the legacy.”
Austin, a finance major, follows in his father’s footsteps with outstanding work in the classroom. Perry was an Academic All-American. Austin is the program’s first two-time AHCA Scholar All-American, is a two-time B1G Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection and has earned three Ohio State Scholar-Athlete nods.
Perry had 174 points during his 152-game career as a Buckeye and is tied for 10th in points all-time. A Second Team All-American in 1984, he notched 85 goals and 89 assists (ranking second in program history with 40 power play goals) for the Scarlet and Gray. In addition to his Academic All-America accolade, he was voted First Team Academic All-CCHA.
Adding to the Pooley legacy, Paul, Perry’s twin brother, is the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer, notching 270 points from 1981-84 and also earning All-America and Academic All-America honors.
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