Tommy Nappier


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-3
  • Weight 220
  • Hometown St. Louis, Mo.
  • Junior Team Omaha Lancers (USHL)


  • Attended Pittsburgh Penguins development camp as a free agent invitee in Summer 2019

Ohio State Career

  • 2020-21 Second Team Preseason All-Big Ten
  • 2019 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year
  • 2019 First Team All-Big Ten, 2020 Honorable Mention All-B1G
  • 2018 B1G All-Freshman Team
  • 2019 Mike Richter Award semifinalist
  • Nine-time Big Ten Star of the Week, tying for first in program history
  • Ended junior year first in program history with 1.92 career goals-against average and .934 career save percentage
  • Has posted two of the Top 3 season save percentages in Ohio State history, with .934 in 2018-19 ranking second and .932 in 2019-20 third all-time
  • Program-record 1.86 goals-against average in 2018-19 and 2.04 in 2019-20 was fourth in school history
  • Eight career shutouts are fourth in Ohio State history
  • Four shutouts in 2018-19 tied for third for a Buckeye in a single season and were the most since Brady Hjelle had four in 2013
  • Shutout streak of 195:32 in 2018-19 ranks third in program history
  • One of six Ohio State goalies with shutouts in back-to-back starts
  • 2018 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • Voted team MVP in 2020 and co-team Most Improved Player in 2019

2020-21 (Senior Season, through Dec. 29)

  • Preseason Second Team All-Big Ten
  • Started Buckeyes’ first 10 games with a 3.04 goals-against average and .918 save percentage
  • Ranks first nationally with 304 saves and in minutes played (588:02)
  • B1G Second Star of the Week after 84 saves – 42 in each game – vs. Michigan State Nov. 28-29
  • 37 stops against Wisconsin Dec. 3 and 36 vs. Arizona State Dec. 17

2019-20 (Junior Season)

  • Honorable Mention All-B1G selection
  • Voted Team MVP
  • Ranked second among B1G goalies with 2.04 goals-against average and third with .932 save percentage; ranked 11th and eighth, respectively, in the NCAA
  • Season goals-against average ranks fourth in school history, with save percentage third
  • Started first 12 games and 32 overall, missing four with injury
  • Second in career save percentage (.934) and fifth in career goals-against average (1.92) among active NCAA goalies, ranking eighth in career winning percentage (33-14-7, .676)
  • Four-time conference star of the week
  • Overtime save vs. Minnesota Dec. 6 was career save 1,000
  • NCAA Goalie of the Month for December after recording 4-0-1 mark, .97 gaa and .970 save percentage
  • Allowed just one goal in each game vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series March 6-7, with 31 saves in game one and 29 in game two
  • 25-save shutout at Michigan State Feb. 21
  • 74 saves at Michigan Jan. 31-Feb. 1, with 39 in game one
  • 25-save shutout vs. Colgate Dec. 28
  • B1G Third Star of the Week Dec. 3 after 23-save shutout vs. Michigan State Dec. 1 and Dec. 10 after allowing three totals goals in 1-0-1 series vs. Minnesota Dec. 6-7
  • Power play assist at Penn State Nov. 23 for first career point
  • B1G Second Star of the Week after 1.50 gaa and .938 sv% in sweep of Michigan
  • B1G First Star of the Week after 68 saves on 71 shots in Ice Breaker Tournament
  • Career-high 44 saves vs. WMU Oct. 11 (and added five saves in 3×3 OT and four in shootout)

2018-19 (Sophomore Season)

  • Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten, as well as Mike Richter Award semifinalist
  • Fourth in the NCAA in save percentage (.934), eighth in goals-against average (1.86) and sixth in winning percentage (12-4-3, .711); Four shutouts tied for 10th in the NCAA; GAA is first in Ohio State history, with save percentage second all-time for a single season
  • Finished first in B1G games with 1.82 gaa (second best in B1G history), .936 sv% (fourth in B1G all-time) and 8-2-2 record
  • Named B1G third star after 30-save shutout vs. Notre Dame Feb. 2
  • B1G Third Star of the Week after 29-save shutout at MSU Jan. 5
  • Career-high 38 saves vs. Penn State Nov. 24 in 5-2 win
  • B1G Third Star of the Week after 24 saves in 1-0 shutout at Colgate Nov. 10
  • First-period goal allowed vs. UMass Oct. 20 ended shutout streak at 195:32, the third-longest streak in program history
  • Stopped all 27 shots at Arizona State Oct. 13 for second career (and second straight) shutout
  • Stopped then-career-high 36 shots at Notre Dame Nov. 3; allowed two goals in first loss of Buckeye career (in eighth start, 11th appearance)
  • Then-career-high tying 35 saves in 3-1 win over UMass Oct. 20

2017-18 (Freshman Season)

  • Named to B1G All-Freshman Team
  • Four starts and six appearances, with 4-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .956 save percentage
  • Named B1G First Star of the Week after 31 saves for first career shutout vs. Wisconsin Feb. 24
  • Stopped all six shots faced in relief vs. Michigan State Feb. 3
  • Made 30 saves on 31 shots in win at Penn State Jan. 13 for first B1G victory
  • Stopped 27-of-28 shots in win vs. Niagara Dec. 30
  • Made 35 saves at UConn Nov. 10 in first start, marking first collegiate win
  • Played in relief vs. Notre Dame Nov. 4 for first collegiate action
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Played for the Chicago Steel and Omaha Lancers in the USHL in 2016-17
  • Saw action in 10 games with the Steel and had an 8-1-1 ledger, with a 1.87 goals-against average and .929 save percentage
  • Played in 33 games with the Lancers, with 2.93 gaa and .893 sv%, earning team’s Three Stars award
  • Played for the Springfield Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League in 2015-16 and saw action in 39 games, notching 2.45 goals-against average and .919 save percentage
  • Named to NAHL Midwest Division All-Rookie Team and tabbed team’s MVP
  • Played in 40 games over two seasons with the St. Louis AAA Blues before moving to the NAHL; team finished third at the Tier 1 National Championship
  • Attended Christian Brothers College High School
  • Played basketball, baseball and soccer growing up 

Off the Ice

  • Son of Tom and Donna and has an older sister, Madeline, who is attending graduate school at Rockhurst University
  • Sport industry major
  • Enjoys playing other sports, traveling and spending time with friends and family
  • Started playing hockey at age 5 and became a goalie at 7; father, who always loved the sport but never had the opportunity to play, got him into the game
  • Chose Ohio State because of the “academics and rich athletic tradition”
  • Favorite hockey player is Pekka Rinne “His compete level is unmatched and I try to model my game after him.”
  • Coaches growing up included NHL players Jeff Brown, Keith Tkachuk and Bruce Racine
  • Grew up playing on ’98 AAA Blues, which produced five NHL draft picks, including three in the first round
  • Pick one: Movie – Step Brothers; Television show – SportsCenter; Musician – Kenny Chesney; Professional team – St. Louis Blues; Professional Athlete – LeBron James; Homecooked meal – steak and baked potato; Celebrity – Will Farrell; Snack food – trail mix; Ice cream flavor – chocolate; Sport other than hockey – basketball

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