Michael Gildon


Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 196
  • Hometown Plano, Texas
  • Junior Team U.S. National Team Development Program


  • Attended New York Rangers development camp in Summer 2019 as a free agent invitee

USA Hockey 

  • Invited to USA Hockey World Junior Summer Showcase in 2020

Ohio State Career

  • A two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection

2021-22 (Sophomore Season, through Dec. 17)

  • Played in four games – at Bentley Oct. 8, vs. UConn Oct. 15, vs. Mercyhurst Nov. 27 and vs. Michigan Dec. 12
  • Assist in win over Michigan Dec. 12

2020-21 (Redshirt Freshman Season)

  • Played in 20 games, with two assists, before season was ended because of injury (last played Feb. 19)
  • Helpers against Arizona State Dec. 17 and Michigan State Nov. 28
  • Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree

2019-20 (Redshirt Season)

  • Played in eight games before season-ending surgery in November
  • Tallied 5×3 power play goal vs. Michigan Nov. 1 for first collegiate goal
  • Assist vs. RIT Oct. 12 was first collegiate point and came in first collegiate game
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades

Prior to Ohio State

  • Played with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons
  • Had 76 points, with 31 goals and 45 assists, in 87 total games in 2018-19 (13-16-29 line in 26 USHL games)
  • Had 15-20-35 line in 61 games in 2017-18, adding a 12-11-23 line in 34 USHL contests
  • Won gold medal at U17 World Challenge in 2017 and claimed bronze at 2018 U18 World Hockey Championship
  • Played for Dallas Stars Elite program


  • Son of Matt, an IT Manager, and Lisa, CFO of two hospitals
  • Older brother, Max, played at the University of New Hampshire before signing with the Florida Panthers, the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, in Summer 2020; has a younger sister, Mckenna
  • Attracted to Ohio State because it is where his grandfather, Larry Smith, went to school and because of the facilities
  • Sport industry major
  • Follows college football closely and enjoys watching movies in his spare time
  • Has worked at camps helping children learn to skate
  • Started played hockey at age 3, with grandfather getting him and his brother into the sport
  • Pick one: Favorite thing about hockey – the guys; Movie –  The Other Guys; TV show –  Ozark; Musician – Mac Miller; Professional team – Dallas Stars; Athlete – Sidney Crosby; Meal – Fajitas; Celebrity – Mark Wahlberg; Snack food – honey roasted peanuts; Ice cream flavor – cookie dough; Sport other than hockey – Football; Vacation spot – Northern California; Rink – American Airlines Center; Place hockey has taken you – Sochi, Russia

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