Tanner Fritz


Player profile

  • Height 5-11
  • Weight 186
  • Hometown Grande Prairie, Alberta
  • Last College Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
  • Year Senior

Participated in Chicago Blackhawks[apos] prospect came in Summer 2014 … attracted to Ohio State because of the hockey program and the campus … was introduced to organized hockey by his father and brothers when he was 4 … favorite player is Joe Sakic because of his leadership on and off the ice along with his ability to play both ends of the game and to be humble about his accomplishments … has spent summers working for a lawn service and as a shop hand … Pick One: Movie – Shawshank Redemption; Celebrity – Will Farrell; Homecooked meal – Steak; Ice cream flavor – cookie dough; Vacation spot- Mexico; Professional Team – Edmonton Oilers; Sport other than hockey – golf.

Ohio State Career: Will serve as team captain in 2014-15 and wore [quote]A[quote] in 2013-14 … leading returning scorer and has 83 career points to lead current Buckeyes … second team All-CCHA choice in 2013 … 2013 CCHA scoring champion, the third Buckeye to win the crown (Hugo Boisvert/1998, Paul Pooley/1984) … also led CCHA with 23 assists, becoming the fourth Buckeye to lead the league (Peter Boyd/2010, Boisvert/1998, Paul Pooley/1984) … three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection … named Most Improved Player by his teammates after his freshman season … received 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the hockey team.

2013-14 (Junior Season): Played in 32 games (suffered injury at Bowling Green Oct. 15 and missed next five games) … third on team with 32 points, including team-high tying 24 assists … eight goals (four on the power play) … tied for fourth in the Big Ten in points per game (.97) and ninth in points … tied for third among league players in assists overall … in B1G games only, finished tied for seventh with 16 points, third (tied) with 12 assists, tied for fourth with .60 assists per game and tied for eighth with .80 points per game … point in 20 of 32 games with eight multiple-point outings … two points in overtime win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals March 20, with a goal and an assist on the OT goal … assist vs. Minnesota in the B1G semifinals March 21 and scored a goal against Wisconsin in the championship game March 22; +1 vs. the Spartans and Gophers … B1G First Star of the Week Nov. 12 after six points, with a goal and five assists, in series sweep of Niagara; goal and three assists for four points, with +3 mark, in game one and had two assists and +2 rating in game two … scored 6×4 power play goal (1:34 left) at Michigan State Feb. 7 in comeback tie and on the ice for game-tying goal with two seconds left; clinched shootout victory in round 5 … four points in series with the Nittany Lions Jan. 31-Feb. 1; two helpers in game one and picked up an assist in game two Feb. 1 … assist in each game at Penn State March 14-15; +1 in game two, with two blocked shots … goal March 7 vs. Minnesota … three-point day, with a goal and two assists, Dec. 2 vs. Michigan … two assists in game at Michigan Nov. 29 … gamewinning goal vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28 and had an assist in game two Dec. 29 … two assists in game vs. Canisius Nov. 16, with +2 rating … assist vs. Wisconsin Feb. 15 and Jan. 25 … two assists at Miami Oct. 12 … 25 blocked shots, including three Nov. 9 … an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice … played in 100th career game March 7 vs. Minnesota.

2012-13 (Sophomore Season): Played in all 40 games, second on team with 37 points, first with 26 assists, had 10 multiple point games … won CCHA scoring title with 32 points in league play and was first with 23 assists (five more than second place) … voted Second Team All-CCHA … in all games, tied for fourth in points and second in assists among league players … point in 15 of last 19 games … eight-game point streak (2g, 7a, 9p), Jan. 11-Feb. 2 … five-game assist and point streaks Nov. 10-24, with two assists in last three-consecutive games of stretch … goal in CCHA quarterfinal game one vs. Ferris State March 15, +1 in game two March 16 and assist in game three win March 17 … two assists at Miami March 1, with +2 mark … five points in series with Michigan Feb. 22-23; shorthanded goal, assist, two points in opener before two goals, an assist and three points in game two … three assists and a goal for a four-point game vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16, with +4 mark … power-play goal Feb. 9 at Alaska … assist in each game vs. Notre Dame Feb. 1-2, +1 in game one … three points in series vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 25-26; goal in opener, with two assists and +2 mark in game two … two points at Northern Michigan Jan. 18-19, goal and +1 in opener, assist in game two … assist in each game at Ferris State Jan. 11-12 … goal and assist Dec. 1 at Michigan State, with +1 mark … two assists in each game at Lake Superior State Nov. 23-24, +2 in game one and +1 in game two … three assists in series vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 16-17, with two helpers in series finale … assist vs. Alaska Nov. 8, +1 vs. the Nanooks Nov. 9 … goal Oct. 27 at Bowling Green, +1 Oct. 26 vs. the Falcons … goal, assist and +2 Oct. 13 at Minnesota Duluth … wore captain[apos]s C in three series … an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice.

2011-12 (Freshman Season): Played in 34-of-35 games, missing just the last game of the year because of injury … led team freshmen in games played … voted Most Improved Player by his teammates … six goals, eight assists and 14 points … ended CCHA play tied for 10th in rookie scoring … three-game point streak (1g, 2a) and +1 rating in all 3 games Dec. 2-10 … nine points (4g, 5a) in six-game stretch Jan. 20-Feb. 4 … three points vs. Michigan State Feb. 3-4; assist in game one, career-high two goals in game two, along with +2 mark … career-high three assists and points Jan. 28 at Lake Superior State (first multiple-assist game); +1 in the contest … two goals, three points in series vs. Ferris State Jan. 20-21 and +1 in each game; goal in opener and two points, with a goal and an assist, in game two for first career multiple-point game … two points in series vs. Miami; assist in game one Dec. 9 and goal Dec. 10; +1 in each outing … assist and +1 vs. Lake Superior State Dec. 3 … scored first career goal Nov. 5 at Alabama-Huntsville; +1 in the game … first career assist and point was Oct. 28 vs. Alaska; helper came on the power play … scored in shootout vs. Alaska 10/27 … an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Prior to Ohio State: Spent four seasons with the Grande Prairie Storm in the AJHL … named 2011 AJHL MVP after ranking fourth in the league and first on the team with 74 points in 60 games … served as team captain in 2010-11 after recording 31 goals and 43 assists … unanimous selection to the 2011 AJHL North Division Team … had 54 points (in 54 regular-season games), with 27 goals and 27 assists, in 2009-10 … posted 19-24-43 line in 57 regular-season games in 2008-09 as the Storm won the AJHL title (had 12 points in 19 postseason games) … in first year with the Storm in 2007-08 limited to 28 games because of injury, recording eight points on four goals and four assists … played for Canada West in the World Junior A Championship in both 2008 and `09; was invited to play in the 2010 event but opted to remain in Grand Prairie and take care of his schooling … won the Storm[apos]s two-way player award in 2009 and `10 … graduated from Grande Prairie St. Joseph High School in 2009.

Off the Ice: Son of Irwin and Shirley… has two older brothers, Dustin and Draypr Riendeau … cousin of Daymen Rycroft (Bencharski) who played for the Buckeyes from 2001-04 … enjoys baseball and golf … sport industry major.

B1G First Star of the Week 11/12/13
2013 Second Team All-CCHA
2013 CCHA Scoring Champion
2012, 2013, 2014 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
2013 Academic All-Big Ten

Career Milestones
First Goal Nov. 5, 2011 at Alabama-Huntsville
First Assist Oct. 28, 2011 vs. Alaska
50th Point March 17, 2013 vs. Ferris State (assist)
100th Game March 7, 2014 vs. Minnesota

Career Single-Game Highs Goals:2(2x, last 2/23/13 vs. Michigan)Assists:3(3x, last 11/8/13 vs. Niagara)Points:4(2x, last 11/8/13 vs. Niagara)PIM:15(11/19/11 at Michigan)Shots:5(2x, last 2/23/13 vs. Michigan)+/-:+4(2/16/13 vs. Western Michigan)Point Streak:8 games(1/11/13-2/2/13 (2g, 7a, 9p))Multiple Pt Games:21(16 2P, 3 3P, 2 4P)