Matthew Jennings


Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 5-8
  • Weight 173
  • Hometown Buford, Ga.
  • Junior Team Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Ohio State Career
  • Bucks Go Pro intern with Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute department in Summer 2019
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree
2018-19 (Sophomore Season)
  • Skated in 29 games and had a 2-1-3 line
  • Scored first goal and point as a Buckeye Nov. 22 at Penn State
  • First career assist came vs. Notre Dame Jan. 17
  • Goal vs. Cornell Jan. 3 in Fortress Invitational in Las Vegas
2018-19 (Freshman Season)
  • Made Ohio State debut Oct. 20 vs. UMass and played in four games
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection
Prior to Ohio State
  • Played for Green Bay in the USHL for two seasons
  • Posted 9-4-13 line in 27 games in 2017-18 as an alternate captain
  • Notched 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points in 60 games with the Gamblers in 2016-17
  • Started NAHL career with the Topeka Roadrunners in 2014-15, playing in four games; began next season with the Roadrunners, posting 25 points (8g, 17a) in 30 games before ending the season with the Minot Minotauros; had 7-8-15 line through final 14 regular season games and then saw action in four playoff contests
  • 2016 NAHL All-Central Division Rookie Team selection
  • Came up through Thunder program
  • Attended Lanier High School and Connections Academy, graduating in 2015

Off the Ice

  • Son of Stephen, a hockey coach and scout, and Kristina, a teacher
  • Sister, Meghan, is a student at Georgia College and State University
  • Wears No. 19 because it was his father’s number during his hockey career
  • Finance major
  • On why he chose to attend Ohio State – “The culture, the bond between the guys on the team, the winning culture, the dedication of the coaching staff, the powerful alumni and the competitiveness and strive everyone has to be better every day.”
  • National Honor Society selection in high school
  • Started playing hockey at age 5; Father was the head coach at a Division III school and he spent every day at the rink with him
  • Has worked at the local ice rink
  • Favorite player is Patrice Bergeron because “He plays the game the right way and I try to emulate myself after him.”
  • Played on a line with Buckeye classmate Quinn Preston in Topeka
  • Pick one: Movie – Stepbrothers; Television show – Friday Night Lights; Music group – The Killers; Professional team – Boston Bruins; Athlete – Conor McGregor; Homecooked meal – taco soup; Celebrity – Jennifer Aniston; Snack food – Honey Nut Cheerios; Ice cream flavor – moose tracks; Sport other than hockey – football; Vacation spot – Cape Cod; Rink – Resch Center; Book – The Hard Hat

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