July 18, 2017
This summer, Sasha Larocque, a junior on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, traveled to Iceland with the environmental science program as part of the Buckeyes Go International initiative sponsored by the athletics department.
Larocque, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, has played in 66 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with 19 points on four goals and 15 assists. He was +18 in 2016-17, ranking third in the Big Ten and tying for 13th in the NCAA in plus minus among blueliners, and ranked seventh among B1G defensemen with 2.0 blocked shots per game.
Read on to learn more about his trip.
“Iceland is the most astonishing country I have ever been to. The group and I spent about two weeks exploring the South and Western regions while taking an environmental science course. Iceland is a world leader in renewable, clean energy and seeing some of the hydroelectric and geothermal plants was very interesting and applicable to my major in earth sciences. The geology of the island is also so unique and many of the natural structures found there are very rare anywhere else in the world. The scenery and untouched beauty that is found across the country is all the more motivation to push for these clean energy alternatives so we can preserve our environment.
We got to see and do so much in a short period of time. I hiked six mountains, saw numerous glaciers and volcanos, some gorgeous waterfalls, natural hot springs and even a geyser system. A few of my favorite things were the Blue Lagoon, Þórsmörk, Glymur waterfall and I really enjoyed the summer solstice because the sun didn’t set the entire time we were there.
I can’t thank SASSO, my coaches and The Ohio State University enough for helping me go on this incredible adventure.”