Aug. 5, 2015

Rockford Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defenseman Sam Jardine, a junior on the Ohio State men’s hockey team in 2014-15, has agreed to a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, the team announced Wednesday. Jardine, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (No. 169), will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to develop as a hockey player, student and person for the last three years at Ohio State,” Jardine said. “This campus became my home and my new friends became family. I came here ready to learn and grow, but even my high expectations were quickly exceeded. No place could have prepared me better for a life chasing my dream of playing in the NHL. This school and city will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you to the athletics administration, my coaches, fans and donors, and most importantly my teammates, my brothers for the past three years. I love you and each one of you means the world to me.”

Jardine, a native of Lacombe, Alberta, played in 97 games as a Buckeye, with three goals and 29 assists for 32 points, along with 109 blocked shots. In 2014-15 he skated in 33 games, scoring twice and picking up 10 assists, while serving as an alternate captain.

“We want to thank Sam for his three years at Ohio State,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “He has been one of our leaders, not just on the ice, but also in the classroom and in the community. We look forward to seeing him succeed in his professional career. It is exciting to have another Buckeye advancing to the next level.”

A three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Jardine traveled with a group from the Ohio State department of athletics to Costa Rica for a volunteer trip with the Soles 4 Souls organization this summer.