Brendon Kearney


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 201
  • Hometown Northville, Mich.
  • Junior Team Chicago Steel (USHL)

Ohio State Career

  • Derek Hines Unsung Hero award winner
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner for Ohio State men’s hockey
  • Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice
  • Bucks Go Pro intern for Summer 2018
  • Member of second senior class in program history to make three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2018 Frozen Four trip (second in program history)
  • Part of 2019 Big Ten regular season championship squad (first B1G title in program history)
  • Earned bachelor’s degree in finance in Spring 2019, will attend graduate school in accounting in Fall 2019
  • Awarded Woody and Anne Hayes scholarship for postgraduate studies at 2019 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner
  • Voted team’s Unsung Hero award winner in 2018 and ’19
  • Hosts #KearneysCorner feature for OhioStateBuckeyes.com (View on Twitter)
  • Skated in 137 games in the Scarlet and Gray (did not miss a game in last two years); Posted 48 points on 19 goals and 29 assists, along with 87 shot blocks

2018-19 (Senior Season)

  • Selected national winner of Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner
  • Career-high seven goals, adding four assists for 11 points while playing in all 36 games
  • Goal at Michigan Feb. 24
  • Scored in final second vs. Notre Dame Feb. 1 to seal win
  • Two assists vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28
  • Tallied shorthanded empty net goal vs. Penn State Nov. 24 (second career SHG)
  • Scored twice vs. Wisconsin Nov. 16 for first career multiple-goal game
  • Tallied at Minnesota Dec. 1 and at MSU Jan. 5
  • Led Buckeye forwards with 31 shot blocks (fourth overall on team)
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten

2017-18 (Junior Season):

  • Played in all 41 games, with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points, all career highs; 27 shot blocks
  • Tied for eighth in the B1G with +14 mark
  • Point in six of the last nine games, with two goals, six assists and eight points in stretch, along with +8 mark
  • Assist in NCAA Tournament win over Denver March 25; Part of line that shut down top line for both Princeton and DU
  • Played in 100th career game March 25 vs. Denver
  • Goal in Big Ten Tournament championship game at Notre Dame March 17
  • Three points vs. Michigan State in B1G quarterfinals March 2-3, with two assists in game one and helper in game two; +2 in each game
  • Three points in series vs. Wisconsin Feb. 23-24; Goal and +2 in game one and 2 assists and +2 mark in game two
  • Three shot blocks at Minnesota Feb. 17
  • Goal and an assist at Notre Dame Feb. 10, with career-best +3 mark
  • Scored vs. Michigan Jan. 27
  • Helper at Michigan State Jan. 6, with +2 rating, and vs. Michigan State Feb. 2
  • Assist vs. Niagara Dec. 29, +1 in each game vs. the Purple Eagles Dec. 29-30
  • Goal and an assist vs. Penn State Dec. 1, with two shot blocks
  • Helper at UMass Oct. 20 and at Michigan Nov. 25
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten

2016-17 (Sophomore Season)

  • Saw action in 33 games and had 10 points, with three goals and seven assists
  • Goal vs. Michigan State in B1G Tourney quarterfinals March 16 tied game at three in the second period en route to OSU’s 6-3 win
  • Scored first career shorthanded goal at Wisconsin March 11; had three shot blocks in the victory
  • Tallied at Michigan State Feb. 17
  • Assisted on goal that tied game vs. Minnesota Feb. 10 in eventual 5-4 win
  • Assist on gamewinning goal with 30 seconds remaining at Michigan Feb. 4
  • Two assists at Robert Morris Nov. 5
  • Helper at Bowling Green Oct. 21
  • Named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection

2015-16 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in 27 games and had nine points on four goals and five assists
  • Four-game point streak Feb. 27-March 11, with a 3-3-6 line in the stretch
  • Three points, with two goals and an assist, in sweep of Michigan March 4/6; gamewinning goal and an assist in game one in Ann Arbor for first career two-point game; goal in game two
  • Goal, assist and two points at Michigan State March 11, with +2 mark Scored Nov. 13 vs. Canisius for first career goal and point
  • Assists Jan. 17 at Michigan and Jan. 23 vs. Penn State
  • +2 in three of last six games
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Alternate captain for the Chicago Steel in 2014-15
  • 32 points, with 18 goals and 14 assists, in 57 games
  • Finalist for the Curt Hammer Award, which recognizes the USHL player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, leadership pride and determination
  • Began 2013-14 with the Langley Rivermen in the BCHL, playing in 16 games, before joining the Chicago Steel in the USHL
  • 19 points, including 18 assists, in first campaign with the Steel
  • Captain of Honeybaked U18 squad in 2012-13 and had 27 points (12g, 16a) in 26 regular season games
  • Also spent time with the US NTDP in 2012-13
  • 19 points in 25 games with Honeybaked U18 in 2011-12
  • Came up through Honeybaked program and won back-to-back national championships in 2010 and ‘11 with the team
  • Graduated from Northville High School in 2013
  • Also played lacrosse and baseball growing up

Off the Ice

  • Son of Doug and Julie and has two younger sisters, Ryann and Reagan
  • Enjoys spending time volunteering, playing golf and watching baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers, and has made roadtrips to see the Tigers play in other ballparks
  • Finance major
  • Started skating at age 2 while living in New Haven, Conn.; went to an open skate at The Whale (Ingalls Rink) after a Yale practice, with one of the coaches coming out and giving him his first lesson; loved the game ever since
  • Has worked for a local sign company, helping design and install signs in the Metro Detroit area, including work at Joe Louis Arena and Comerica Park
  • Favorite player is Henrik Zetterberg because “He is a captain, a leader and plays a complete game, focusing on all three zones. I try to learn by watching him and apply those characteristics to my game, but add a little more grit!”
  • Pick one: Movie – Miracle; Television show – Entourage; Musician – Kenny Chesney; Professional team – Detroit Red Wings; Athlete – Wayne Gretzky; Homecooked meal – chicken parmesan; Celebrity – Margot Robbie; Snack food – apples and peanut butter; ice cream flavor – cookies and cream; Vacation spot – Dominical, Costa Rica; Rink – Joe Louis Arena; Book – Lone Survivor

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