Ryan O'Connell


Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 185
  • Hometown Manotick, Ontario
  • Junior Team Penticton Vees (BCHL)

Ohio State Career

2019-20 (Sophomore Season)

  • Goal and six helpers while playing in 29 games
  • Missed first four games of the year, Dec. 7 game vs. Minnesota and series at Wisconsin Jan. 10-11 with injuries
  • 27 shot blocks, with 2+ in seven games
  • Assist at Mercyhurst Oct. 25 in first game of the year
  • Helpers Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 against Michigan, Nov. 9 at Notre Dame and Nov. 30 vs. Michigan State

2018-19 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in first 20 games before missing four with injury; returned to action at Wisconsin Feb. 8-9 and ended year with 31 games played
  • First career assist came at Michigan Feb. 23
  • First career goal and point was Jan. 4 at Michigan State, with personal-best +2 mark
  • 19 shot blocks on the year, including three vs. UMass Oct. 20, at Colgate Nov. 9 and at Wisconsin Feb. 8


  • Drafted by Toronto in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (seventh round, No. 203)
  • Participated in the team’s development camp in Summer 2018 and ’19

Prior to Ohio State

  • Skated with Penticton in the BCHL in 2017-18; Limited to 26 games because of injury and posted 14 points on three goals and 11 assists
  • Member of Canada West gold medal winning squad at 2017 World Junior A Challenge
  • Spent two seasons with St. Andrew’s College, winning back-to-back CISAA titles
  • Won St. Andrew’s Best Defenseman Award in 2016 and ’17
  • Had 76 points (11g, 65a) in 123 CAHS/CISAA games combined
  • Played in Ottawa Junior 67s program
  • Graduated from St. Andrew’s in 2017
  • Also played lacrosse, golf and soccer; named soccer MVP

Off the Ice

  • Son of Ron, a police officer, and Carolyn, a federal government employee
  • Sister, Kylie, is studying criminology at Carleton University
  • Has spent time volunteering with youth at the YMCA in Ottawa and working at both a golf course and a restaurant
  • Environment, economy, development and sustainability major
  • Attracted to Ohio State because of “The best college experiences; interactions, the atmosphere, best college hockey in the country and the amount of opportunity for me. Traditions, but most importantly, the people at Ohio State.”
  • Began playing hockey around age 3, with father influencing him to get into the game
  • Hometown of Manotick is about 15 miles from downtown Ottawa
  • Uncle Brian Downey played at Maine from 1989-92 and was drafted by the Senators; set CCHL record for points in a season with 172 points in 56 games for the Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Cousin Patrick Stoqua played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL from 1979-84
  • Favorite hockey player is Morgan Reilly because they have similar playing styles and Reilly plays for his favorite hockey team
  • Pick One: Movie – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates; Television show – The 100; Musical Group – The Lumineers; Professional Team – Toronto Maple Leafs; Athlete – Tom Brady; Homecooked meal – spaghetti and Italian sausage; Celebrity – Drake; Snack food – pizza; Ice cream flavor – chocolate; Sport other than hockey – golf; Vacation spot – Bora Bora; Rink – Air Canada Center; Magazine – Sports Illustrated

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