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Grant Gabriele

Defenseman

Player profile

  • Year Junior
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 197
  • Hometown Brighton, Mich.
  • Junior Team Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

Ohio State Career

  • Voted team’s co-Most Improved Player in 2018-19
  • An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2019-20 (Junior Season)

  • Four goals, nine assists and 13 points to set career highs for goals, assists and points while playing in all 36 games
  • Tied for 13th in points among B1G defensemen
  • 46 shot blocks on the year to rank second on the team, with six vs. Michigan Nov. 1-2 (career-high four in game one) and four at Michigan Feb. 1
  • Helper in playoff game vs. Wisconsin March 6 and +1 in each game of the series
  • Goal at Wisconsin Jan. 10 and power play goal at Michigan Jan. 31
  • Helper in each game vs. Colgate Dec. 27-28 and +3 in the series; assist vs. Cornell Jan. 3
  • Opened scoring vs. Minnesota Dec. 6 with unassisted goal
  • Set up GWG in last two minutes vs. Michigan Nov. 2
  • Goal and an assist at Mercyhurst Oct. 25 for first career multiple-point game and career-best +2 rating

2018-19 (Sophomore Season)

  • Played in 24 games, with 1-3-4 line and +3 mark
  • Assist and +2 at Wisconsin Feb. 9
  • First career goal came at Penn State Jan. 19
  • Posted assist in first career game Oct. 20 vs. UMass
  • Helper at Michigan State Jan. 5
  • Shared co-Most Improved Player award

2017-18 (Freshman Season)

  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • Did not see regular season game action

Prior to Ohio State

  • Played 34 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL in 2016-17, with 20 points on four goals and 16 assists; also saw action in eight playoff games
  • Represented the United States in five international tournaments, including winning bronze at 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  • Skated with Omaha (6 gp, 1g, 1a, 2p), Chicago (32 gp, 3g, 8a, 11p) and Muskegon (24gp, 5g, 8a, 13p) in the USHL in 2015-16
  • Spent 2013-14 and 2014-15 with U.S. National Team Development Program and had 16 points (4g, 12a) in 50 games with the U18 team
  • Played with Little Caesars (2007-10), Belle Tire (2011-12) and Compuware (2013) before moving to NTDP
  • Graduated from Brighton High School in 2015

Off the Ice

  • Son of Ken, an orthopedic nurse manager, and Nicole, a clinical nurse manager
  • Has a younger brother, Aaron
  • Sport industry major with a history minor
  • Enjoys playing any sport and spending time with family
  • Plays banjo, mandolin and guitar and can solve the 3×3 and Pyraminx Rubik’s cubes
  • Chose Ohio State because “I always wanted to go to a Big Ten school. Besides the unbelievable academic opportunity, any college hockey player dreams of winning a national championship. I know at Ohio State we can do that. Also, I feel it’s the best place to prepare for the next level.”
  • Favorite hockey player is Erik Karlsson, saying “I try and model my game after him. Besides being a great defender I really like the way he gets involved in the offense and his ability to make the people around him better.”
  • Started hockey at age 2; began with roller hockey and moved to ice about age 3; a lot of family members grew up playing hockey so it was passed down, with his grandpa his biggest influence in the sport
  • Pick one: Movie – Tommy Boy; Television show – The Office; Musician – A Boogie wit da Hoodie; Professional Team – Golden State Warriors; Athlete – Neymar; Homecooked meal – meatloaf with mashed potatoes; Ice cream flavor – chocolate; Sport other than hockey – basketball; Vacation spot – Florida; Magazine – USA Hockey Magazine

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