Austin Pooley


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 210
  • Hometown Dublin, Ohio
  • Junior Team Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

Features: More than a Number | A Name in the Rafters

Ohio State Career

  • Wearing No. 12, his father Perry’s number as a Buckeye (1981-84), for his senior year
  • Alternate captain for 2019-20; First Central Ohio native to serve as a captain for the program
  • AHCA Scholar All-American in 2018 and ’20
  • 2019 and ’20 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
  • Three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • Two-time Academic All-Big Ten
  • Took part in Bucks Go Pro professional development road trip to Indianapolis in Summer 2018

2019-20 (Junior Season)

  • 3-9-12 line while skating in all 36 games, marking a career high in assists and points; had 10 points through first two years (74 games)
  • Led team with +11 mark, tying for fifth in the B1G
  • Ended year with a point in six of last nine games
  • Tied for sixth among B1G forwards and third on the team with 30 shot blocks and .83 blocks per game
  • Career-high two assists vs. Wisconsin March 6 in B1G Tournament game
  • Assist in each game vs. Wisconsin Feb. 28-29, with three blocks in game two
  • Helper on third period gametying goal at Michigan State Feb. 22
  • Assist and +2 mark against Penn State Feb. 7
  • Third period insurance goal at Michigan Feb. 1
  • Third period goal in comeback vs. Notre Dame Jan. 17
  • Career-high four shot blocks vs. Michigan State Dec. 1
  • Assist in each game at Notre Dame Nov. 8-9
  • Scored gamewinner in the third period vs. Michigan Nov. 1
  • Earned AHCA Scholar All-American, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades

2018-19 (Sophomore Season)

  • 3-2-5 line while playing in 33 games, with 21 shot blocks
  • Assist on overtime gamewinner at Wisconsin Feb. 8
  • Goal vs. Notre Dame Feb. 1; +1 in each game vs. the Irish Feb. 1-2
  • Tally vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28
  • Scored shorthanded goal Nov. 23 vs. Penn State (an NCAA Play of the Week)
  • Assist and +1 mark at Minnesota Dec. 1
  • Named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades, as well as Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors

2017-18 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in all 41 games, with two goals and three assists for five points
  • First among B1G freshmen in games played
  • Assist and +1 vs. Michigan State March 2 in B1G Tournament quarterfinals
  • Unassisted goal in final second at Penn State Jan. 13
  • Two assists vs. Penn State Dec. 1; first career helpers and first multiple point game as a Buckeye
  • Scored first goal as a Buckeye Oct. 27  vs. Robert Morris, +1 in the win
  • Made Ohio State debut Oct. 6 at Wisconsin
  • Voted team’s Rookie of the Year
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • AHCA Scholar All-American selection

Prior to Ohio State

  • Skated with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL in 2016-17 and had 32 points, with 21 goals and 11 assists, in 60 regular season games while serving as an assistant captain
  • Spent two seasons with USHL Fargo Force
  • Team captain and posted 11 points on four goals and seven assists in 60 games during 2015-16
  • Totaled 15 points (8g, 7a) in 57 games in 2014-15 and was an assistant captain
  • Played in 46 games and four playoff games with Omaha Lancers in the USHL in 2013-14, registering eight points (1g, 7a)
  • Played with Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program, collecting 82 points on 29 goals and 53 assists over two seasons
  • Also played baseball

Off the Ice 

  • Son of Perry and Sharon and has a younger brother, Connor
  • Finance major
  • Enjoys golfing, going to concerts and going to the pool
  • Son of former Buckeye All-American Perry Pooley, a forward from 1980-84 who amassed 174 points (85 goals, 89 assists) in his career at Ohio State to rank among the Top 10 scorers in program history
  • Nephew of Paul Pooley, the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer (270 points)
  • Paul and Perry both signed NHL contracts with Winnipeg and won a Calder Cup in the AHL with the Sherbrooke Canadiens
  • Cousin Scott played hockey at Holy Cross and signed with the AHL Toronto Marlies in Summer 2018
  • Favorite hockey player is Franz Nielsen because “He is a good two-way forward that is consistent and can play in a lot of different situations. He is a good leader and is a person who makes his teammates better.”
  • A Columbus area native, calls Ohio State his dream school to attend and play hockey
  • Pick one: Movie – The Shawshank Redemption; Television show – House of Cards; Musician – Kenny Chesney; Professional team – Columbus Blue Jackets; Athlete – Roger Federer; Homecooked meal – steak; Celebrity – Tom Cruise; Snack food – peanut butter and jelly; Ice cream flavor – cookie dough; Sport other than hockey – golf; Vacation spot – Fort Lauderdale

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