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Sasha Larocque

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Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 206
  • Hometown Calgary, Alberta
  • Junior Team Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

Ohio State Career

  • 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, the first in program history to earn the honor
  • 2019 and 2018 Second Team All-B1G (one of three Buckeyes to earn first/second team All-Big Ten honors twice)
  • 2018 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team
  • Alternate captain as a junior, captain as a senior
  • 2019 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American
  • Awarded Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award for postgraduate studies at 2019 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner
  • Traveled to Iceland in Summer 2017 as part of Buckeyes Go International study abroad program
  • Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice
  • 2019 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
  • Took part in Bucks Go Pro professional development road trip to Indianapolis in Summer 2018
  • Member of second senior class in program history to make three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2018 Frozen Four trip (second in program history)
  • Career +47 rating, the second-best for a Buckeye since at least 2000 and the best for a defenseman in that time
  • Skated in 140 games and had 37 points, on eight goals and 29 assists, along with 249 shot blocks
  • Leader of Ohio State defense that was Top 15 in the NCAA each of his last two years, including program-record 2.07 team goals against average in 2017-18
  • Earned bachelor’s degree in earth sciences in Spring 2019
  • Voted team’s Best Defensive Player in 2018 and ’19

Professional 

  • Signed ATO with AHL Colorado Eagles following senior season; signed with team for 2019-20
  • Attended NHL development camp with Anaheim as a free agent invitee in Summer 2018

2018-19 (Senior Season)

  • Voted Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Big Ten
  • Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American (second in program history)
  • Nine points with seven assists, in 33 games
  • Missed three game because of injury (Feb. 2, 8-9)
  • Team-best +11 mark, tying for 11th in the B1G and tying for fourth among Big Ten defensemen
  • Squad ranked 14th in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten, allowing 2.31 goals per game (league-best 2.17 in B1G games only)
  • Tied for second on team with 50 shot blocks (seven games with three-plus during the year)
  • Six blocks in series vs. Michigan State March 1-2, with four in game two (and assist in game one)
  • Named B1G Second Star of the Week Jan. 3 after gamewinning goal, assist, five shot blocks and +2 mark in sweep of Mercyhurst
  • Two-point game vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28; gamewinning goal in the third period and had an assist
  • Shorthanded empty net goal vs. Penn State Nov. 24, posting +4 mark in the game; assist in game one vs. PSU
  • Three shot blocks in each game at Minnesota 11/30-12/1
  • Organized team’s Movember efforts
  • Selected team’s Best Defensive Player and won Scholar-Athlete Award
  • Recipient of a Fergus Memorial Award Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2017-18 (Junior Season)

  • Second Team All-Big Ten
  • Two goals, seven assists, nine points while playing in all 41 games
  • Team-high 76 shot blocks
  • Leader of Buckeye defense that ranked third in NCAA in goals allowed per game, holding opponents to program-record 2.07 goals an outing
  • Won team’s Best Defensive Player award
  • +19 on the year, ranking second in the Big Ten and tying for 12th in the NCAA overall (t-seventh among NCAA defensemen); even or better in all but five games on the year, including just one minus rating in last 26 games
  • Named to NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team; led OSU defensive effort that allowed three goals in two games combined and was 8-for-9 on the penalty kill; four shot blocks vs Denver
  • Two points and +4 in Big Ten quarterfinal series vs. Michigan State March 2-3; Goal in game one, with assist and +3 mark in game two
  • +4 in series vs. Wisconsin Feb. 23-24, with +3 mark in game two
  • Assist vs. Michigan State Feb. 2
  • Six blocks at Penn State Jan. 12-13, with four in game two
  • Goal in game one and assist in game two at Michigan State Jan. 5-6; +2 in each game
  • Seven blocks in sweep of Minnesota Dec. 8-9, with four in game one and three in game two
  • Six blocks in series at UConn Nov. 10-11, with assist and four shot blocks in game one
  • Two assists and +4 mark vs. Robert Morris Oct. 27
  • Career-best seven shot blocks at UMass Oct. 20
  • Played in career game 100 Feb. 24 vs. Wisconsin
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree

2016-17 (Sophomore Season)

  • Played in 34 games and had eight assists and nine points
  • 68 blocked shots on the year, with three-plus in five of last six games (22 total in stretch)
  • Seventh among Big Ten players in blocks and blocks per game
  • +18 on the year, tying for seventh among all B1G skaters; ranked third among league blueliners and tied for 13th among NCAA defensemen
  • Seven shot blocks in B1G Tourney, with five vs. Wisconsin in semifinals March 17; +3 in quarterfinal win vs. Michigan State March 16
  • Assist and four blocks in each game at Wisconsin March 10-11; +3 in game one
  • Two assists and +2 in game one vs. Minnesota Feb. 10 (including on gamewinning goal), with helper and +1 mark in game two
  • Assist and four blocks at Michigan Feb. 4
  • Scored a goal and was +2 at Minnesota Dec. 3
  • Also had helpers Oct. 15 at Miami and Nov. 11 vs. UConn
  • Four blocks in each game in the Ice Breaker Tournament Oct. 7-8
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice

2015-16 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in 32 of 36 games and had 10 points, with three goals and seven assists
  • Points all came in the last 24 games of the season
  • Blocked 55 shots
  • +1 or better in six of last seven games
  • Missed three games with injury
  • Three points in Michigan series Jan. 15/17; two assists and three shot blocks in game one and a goal in game two
  • Gamewinning goal vs. Cornell Dec. 29 in Florida College Classic championship game, with +4 rating
  • Scored first career goal Nov. 28 at Omaha
  • Assist Nov. 14 vs. Canisius was first career point
  • Blocked eight shots in series at Providence Oct. 23-24, with five in game one
  • Seven blocks in series at Michigan State March 11-12, with four in series opener
  • Assist, five shot blocks and a +2 mark at Michigan March 4


Prior to Ohio State

  • Skated in 57 regular season games with Dubuque in 2014-15 in first year in the USHL
  • Started year as an alternate captain and was promoted to captain in February
  • 20 points, including 16 assists, on the year
  • Skated in eight postseason games as the Fighting Saints reached the conference final
  • Played four seasons in the AJHL, including two-plus campaigns with the Grande Prairie Storm
  • Had 22 points (7g, 15a) in 42 games in 2013-14 for the Storm while serving as team captain
  • Alternate captain and posted 31 points, including 26 assists, in 58 games in 2012-13
  • Began 2011-12 with the Okotoks Oilers, playing in 23 games, before moving to Grande Prairie, posting four assists in 29 games with the Storm
  • Skated in 40 games for the Oilers in 2010-11 and had six assists; started year with Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA team
  • Graduated from Centennial High School in 2011

Off the Ice

  • Son of Chris and Nora and has a sister, Carolyn, and a brother, Justin
  • Wants to work in the oil and gas industry
  • Enjoys spending time in nature
  • Attracted to Ohio State because of the “academics, facilities, coaches, team and school environment”
  • Started playing hockey at age 8; enjoyed playing street hockey so father and friends got him involved in ice hockey
  • Favorite hockey player is Josh Gorges because “He is a tough player to play against and does anything for his team. He is reliable defensively and capable in the offensive zone and I try to model my game after his.”
  • Pick one: Movie – Zoolander; Television show – Suits; Musical group – Zac Brown Band; Professional team – Montreal Canadiens; Homecooked meal – hamburgers; Celebrity – Will Smith; Snack food – yogurt and granola; Ice cream flavor – vanilla; Vacation spot – Banff; Book – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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