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Sept. 25, 2015

Paul Tilley, a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State men’s hockey team from 1977-80, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 18-19. Tilley is the fifth Buckeye hockey player to be enshrined, joining Hugo Boisvert, Jamie Macoun, Bill McKenzie and Paul Pooley.

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Tilley was a three-time all-CCHA performer for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, earning first team all-league honors in 1979 and second team accolades in 1977 and 1980. Tilley was named the program’s Rookie of the Year in 1977 before garnering MVP honors in both 1978 and 1979. He was voted to the All-Buckeye Team as part of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2014.

Tilley, who played in 148 games as a Buckeye, ended his career with 212 points, the second-highest total at the time and a mark that is currently tied for fourth in program history. He is third among all Buckeyes with 131 career assists, while his 81 career goals are tied for the seventh-most among all Buckeyes. Tilley led the squad in scoring twice, including 76 points in 1979, the second-highest mark at the time and a total that currently ranks seventh in school history. He had eight career hat tricks, including four in 1979, ranking among the most all-time for a Buckeye. His last two years the program recorded 25 wins, the most in program history at the time, and finished second in the CCHA. He was on the 1979 squad that played in the CCHA Championship total goals series and the squad competed in the league semifinals all four of his years with the Scarlet and Gray.

During the NHL All-Star Game Fan Fair in Columbus in January, Tilley’s Ohio State jersey was included as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit highlighting college hockey in Ohio. His jersey and equipment have since been on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Following his Ohio State career, Tilley played professionally, including three seasons in England. The Peterborough, Ontario, native currently resides in Florida.