Grant Gabriele and Quinn Preston, who recently wrapped up their Ohio State men’s hockey careers and began their pro hockey journeys, earned their Ohio State degrees in sport industry Sunday.
Gabriele, a defenseman from Brighton, Mich., played in 124 games in the Scarlet and Gray and had 50 career points, with 13 goals and 37 assists. He had a career-best five goals, 15 assists, 20 points, +12 mark and 49 shot blocks in 2021-22. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, Gabriele agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Providence Bruins for the 2022-23 season. He joined the P-Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign, skating in two contests.
Preston, a forward from Trenton, Mich., was an alternate captain the last two years for the Buckeyes. He played in 127 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 72 points on 33 goals and 39 assists, including a 7-12-19 line in 2021-22. He has earned ACHA Scholar All-American, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades and was a Senior CLASS Award finalist. Preston signed with the ECHL Toledo Walleye following the Buckeyes’ season, appearing in eight regular season games, with seven points on two goals and five assists. He has also skated in five postseason games, with the Walleye in the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Gabriele was part of the Buckeyes’ 2018 Frozen Four run and both Gabriele and Preston were on the 2019 Big Ten Championship squad.