Jakub Dobeš


Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 6-4
  • Weight 198
  • Hometown Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Junior Team Omaha Lancers (USHL)
  • NHL Draft Montreal (5th round, 2020)

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  • Selected by Montreal in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (No. 136)
  • Attended team’s development camp in Summer 2022

Ohio State Career

  • 2022 Big Ten Goaltender and co-Freshman of the Year
  • 2022 First Team All-Big Ten and unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team
  • Mike Richter Award semifinalist and Big Ten Player of the Year finalist in 2022
  • Named to College Hockey News All-Rookie Team
  • Four-time B1G Star of the Week
  • HCA National Rookie of the Month in October 2021 and National Co-Goaltender of the Month in January 2022
  • .934 save percentage in 2022 was second is school history and 21 wins rank fifth (tied) all-time, while 1,086 saves were the second-most in a single season for a Buckeye
  • 2022 Team MVP
  • An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete as a freshman

2022-23 (Sophomore Season, through Jan. 1)

  • Started first 20 games of the year, with 2.29 goals-against average and .917 save percentage
  • Fourth (tied) in the NCAA with 12 victories
  • Tied for fourth nationally in games started
  • Stopped all 20 shots faced at UConn Oct. 14 for fourth career shutout, also had three saves in (exhibition) shootout
  • B1G Third Star of the Week after two wins, 1.51 gaa and .935 sv% at Mercyhurst Oct. 1-2

2021-22 (Freshman Season)

  • 2022 Big Ten Goaltender and co-Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team; Mike Richter Award semifinalist and Big Ten Player of the Year finalist
  • Ranked in the Top 7 in the NCAA in save percentage (.934/3rd), saves (1,086) and wins (21); save percentage was first in the B1G and third nationally
  • 21-11-2 on the year, with 34 starts and 35 appearances, posting 2.26 goals-against average
  • Allowed two or fewer goals in 22 outings; 30+ saves in 15 of last 17 games, including seven with 40+ in the stretch
  • Three shutouts on the year to share Big Ten lead
  • 49 saves on 52 shots in game one win vs. Penn State in Big Ten Tournament opener March 4, with 43 stops on 36 shots in game two and 33 on 35 shots in game three
  • 40 saves in loss to Minnesota Feb. 12
  • 43 saves vs. Wisconsin Feb. 4 in overtime win and had 26 stops in game two
  • B1G First Star of the Week for the second-straight week after stopping 97-of-99 shots at Penn State Jan. 28-29 in 1-0-1 weekend; 46 saves in game one and 51 save shutout in game two
  • B1G First Star of the Week Jan. 26 after stopping 71-of-73 shots in two wins combined vs. Michigan State; 40 saves in game two; also had an assist in game one
  • 38 stops in 4-1 win vs. Notre Dame Jan. 15, with 34 in game one vs. the Irish
  • 38 saves on 40 shots in 2-2 OT tie at Wisconsin Jan. 9 and added three saves in shootout win; 33 saves in game one at Wisconsin
  • 15-save shutout vs. LIU Dec. 31
  • 42 saves in 3-2 win at Bowling Green Dec. 17; stopped a penalty shot in the last minute to preserve one-goal lead
  • B1G Second Star of the Week following Penn State series Nov. 5-6; held PSU to three goals and made 62 saves
  • B1G Third Star of the Week after backstopping two wins vs. UConn Oct. 15-16, stopping all 55 shots faced
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Played for the Omaha Lancers in 2020-21, earning Second Team All-USHL accolades; posted 2.48 goals-against average and .908 save percentage, with a 26-16-3 record
  • Spent 2019-20 with Topeka in the NAHL (10 games played, 1.59 gaa, .946 sv%) and Omaha (21 gp, 3.09 gaa, .891 sv%)
  • Played for St. Louis AAA Blues in 2017-18 and 2018-19; also played two regular season games and six playoff contests for De Smet Jesuit High School in 2017-18, along with one game for NAHL Topeka
  • Youth hockey was with HC Vitkovice and Pirati Chomutov
  • Played for Czech Republic in U19 World Championships in 2019-20
  • Also played soccer
  • Graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis in 2020


  • Son of Viera Dobešova, a high school teacher, and Zdenek Dobeš, a manager for road construction
  • Mother was an ice dancer (figure skater) and competed in world and European championships; father played hockey at the Czech professional level
  • Has a brother, Zdenek
  • International business administration major
  • Enjoys playing video games (even though he’s not that good at it) and running in nature
  • On why he chose Ohio State: “I always wanted to go to Big Ten school. Ohio State is an amazing school and I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
  • On why he wears No. 44 at Ohio State: “Normally my number is 71 but Patrick Guzzo already spent a year with it, so I will just go with 44 which is the number my younger brother wears. I have worn 44 in the past so I’m used to it.”