The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was inducted over the weekend. The group was officially welcomed at a dinner Friday in the Ohio Union and introduced to the crowd at halftime of the Buckeye football game Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
RJ Umberger, a member of the men’s hockey team from 2001-03, was among the inductees. He was a JOFA West Second Team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist while also earning First Team All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association honors in 2003. That season, he posted a career-high 26 goals, 27 assists and 53 points as the Buckeyes reached the NCAA Tournament.
In his three-year Ohio State career, Umberger recorded 129 points, with 58 goals and 71 assists in 112 games, and his 1.15 points per game average is second among all Buckeyes with 50-plus games played since 1990. He led the squad in assists and points each of his three years and was the team goal leader twice. The 2001 CCHA Rookie of the Year, Umberger won the Perani Cup, given to the player with the most three star of the game honors, three times for the Buckeyes.
Umberger is the highest NHL draft pick in program history, as he was selected 16th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2001. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native played in 779 NHL games between the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets, with 392 points on 180 goals and 212 assists. A product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, Umberger represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2001 and 2002, as well as at the 2006 IIHF World Championship.
A two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Umberger completed his Ohio State business marketing degree during his professional career, graduating in June 2011. He received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State in 2003.