Senior John Albert, a team captain for the Buckeyes this season, recorded the 100th point of his collegiate career Saturday night against Alabama-Huntsville. He is the 52nd member of the ‘Century Club’ and the first since 2008. The Q&A below ran in the game program for the series against the Chargers.
How did it feel to be voted one of the captains for the team this season?
I feel honored my teammates voted for me and wanted me to be one of the leaders on the team. There is a long list of great captains and I’m proud to be a part of it!
You are closing in on 100 career points – when you started at Ohio State, did you picture yourself joining the “Century Club”? What were your goals coming into college?
My goals coming into college were to produce for the team and be the best player and person I could be. To be able to join the century club would be a great honor and achievement.
You are a draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers – what have they told you (if anything) about where they see you in their future?
No, they haven’t talked about the future. The team and I want to focus on my time here at Ohio State.
How did you get into hockey? When did you realize you had a future in the game?
I started skating when I was 3 years old. I told my parents I wanted to play after my dad was watching an NHL game on TV and started playing after that. From when I was little it was a lifelong goal to play in the NHL and I have worked hard to get where I am.
Your parents seem to be at every game, home and away. How does it feel looking up in the stands and seeing them there?
It is awesome to have my parents there to support me – it means a lot. I can’t even put into words how much it means to me. I am grateful to have the best parents in the world. I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me; I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I would be lost or worried if I didn’t see them at one of my games!
Love you Mom and Dad. Thanks for everything!
It’s your senior season – does it feel any different knowing it’s your last go-around? What would like to leave as your legacy?
It’s sad to think that this is my last season here at Ohio State, it feels like yesterday I was coming in as a freshman. I want to leave here knowing I gave my best for the team and the Ohio State hockey program on and off the ice.
If you have a free day – what are some of your favorite things to do away from hockey?
I try to hang out with my friends as much as possible. I have my best friends from back home that go to school here and play on the club hockey team that are good to see. I also will go to lunch with CJ Severyn and go see a movie with Devon Krogh. At nighttime I like to relax at my house with Cal Heeter and go next door to Chris Reed’s house and bother him while playing NHL.
You’re a proud uncle – how many nieces/nephews do you have? Do you get to spend a lot of time with them?
Yes, I am a very proud uncle. I have two nieces, Paige and Kendra, and three nephews, Connor, Carter and Austin. They are great kids and I love them to death. I try to be the best uncle I can for them. I try to go home as much as possible to see my family and the kids. It is always great seeing them and makes me so happy each time. I have a very close family and I am blessed to have them in my life.