Sam McCormick


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 5-10
  • Weight 170
  • Hometown De Pere, Wis.
  • Junior Team Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)


  • Signed with team in France following senior season

Ohio State Career

  • Earned bachelor’s degree in real estate in Summer 2020
  • Member of senior class that earned three straight NCAA berths (including a Frozen Four trip in 2018) and was poised for a fourth in 2020 before season was canceled; would have been first group of seniors in program history with four NCAA appearances
  • Part of 2019 Big Ten regular season championship squad, as well as two second-place finishes
  • Played in 101 games as a Buckeye, with 18 points, on five goals and 13 assists, along with two shootout winners
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in 2017

2019-20 (Senior Season)

  • Skated in all 36 games, with 1-3-4 line
  • Scored shootout winner vs. Penn State Feb. 7
  • Goal at Wisconsin Jan. 11
  • First assist on OT winner vs. Army West Point Jan. 4 in Las Vegas
  • Assist at Minnesota Jan. 25 and at Penn State Nov. 23
  • Marked career game 100 March 6 vs. Wisconsin

2018-19 (Junior Season)

  • Skated in 25 games, with 1-3-4 line
  • Scored first goal of the year Feb. 15 vs. Minnesota
  • Three assists on the season (Nov. 16 vs. Wisconsin, Dec. 1 at Minnesota, Dec. 28 vs. Mercyhurst)

2017-18 (Sophomore Season)

  • 25 games played, posting two goals and five assists for seven points
  • Assist vs. Michigan State March 2 in B1G quarterfinals
  • Tallied at Notre Dame Feb. 10, with +1 mark
  • Goal vs. Niagara Dec. 29; +1 in each game vs. the Purple Eagles
  • Assist Oct. 20 at UMass and Nov. 25 at Michigan
  • Helper and +1 mark Oct. 13 vs. RPI
  • Assist and +1 Oct. 6 at Wisconsin in season opener

2016-17 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in 14 games and had a goal and two assists
  • Scored shootout winner in round seven at Penn State Jan. 21
  • Notched first career goal Nov. 19 at RPI and was +1 in the game
  • Played in first game as a Buckeye Oct. 22 vs. Bowling Green and picked up an assist
  • Helper at Niagara Oct. 29, with +1 rating
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors

Prior to Ohio State

  • Posted 57 points, on 32 goals and 25 assists, in 2015-16 regular season to rank eighth among USHL scorers
  • Started year with the Madison Capitols, skating in 47 games and picking up 42 points on 24 goals and 18 assists
  • Traded to the Waterloo Black Hawks to close the year and had 15 points, with eight goals and seven helpers, in 14 regular season games
  • Black Hawks reached the USHL Clark Cup conference finals; had five points (3g, 2a) in nine playoff games
  • Skated in 60 regular season games for the Capitols in 2014-15, recording 15 goals, 16 assists and 31 points
  • Skated in one game for USHL Sioux City Musketeers in 2013-14
  • Played for Notre Dame High Academy and Team Wisconsin
  • 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists) in 24 regular season games in final season with Notre Dame Academy in 2013-14
  • Squad reached state semifinals each of his last three years and won title in 2012

Off the Ice

  • Son of Scott and Kris, has a brother, Max, and a sister, Abby
  • Real estate and urban analysis major
  • Enjoys playing golf and water sports
  • Brother, Max, played for the Buckeyes from 2012-14 and made his NHL debut in 2015-16 with the Ottawa Senators and started 2018-19 with the Senators, was traded to Colorado organization in March and ended the year with the AHL Colorado Eagles; Signed with the Carolina Hurricanes in Summer 2019
  • Played juniors with classmates Ronnie Hein and Miguel Fidler
  • Was attracted to Ohio State because it is where his brother played hockey
  • Started skating at age 4 because his family played
  • Favorite player is Joe Pavelski because he is also from Wisconsin
  • Pick one: Movie – The Dark Knight; Television Show – Game of Thrones; Professional Team – Ottawa Senators; Athlete – Michael Jordan; Musician – Kenny Chesney; Sport other than hockey – Golf; Ice Cream Flavor – Mint Chocolate Chip; Vacation Spot – Mexico; Celebrity – Vince Vaughn

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