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Jaedon Leslie

Foward

Player profile

  • Year Freshman
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 187
  • Hometown St. Albert, Alberta
  • Junior Team Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

Ohio State Career

  • A two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice
  • 2020 Most Improved Player award co-recipient

2020-21 (Sophomore Season)

  • Played in 21 games, with three goals and three assists for six points
  • Career-high three assists and four points vs. Arizona State March 4, with +5 rating; first career multiple point game
  • Scored Feb. 19 vs. Michigan and Dec. 17 vs. Arizona State
  • 16 shot blocks
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors

2019-20 (Freshman Season)

  • Voted co-winner of team’s Most Improved Player award
  • Four goals, three assists and seven points, along with +6 rating, while playing in 15 games (all in the second half of the year)
  • Missed first 12 games of the year with injury
  • Point in six of his last nine games
  • Scored overtime gamewinner to clinch Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series vs. Wisconsin March 7
  • Assist in game one vs. Wisconsin Feb. 28 and +3 in the series
  • Tied game late in the third at Michigan State Feb. 22
  • First career goal was gamewinner at Michigan Feb. 1
  • Scored vs. Penn State Feb. 7 and helper in game two vs. the Nittany Lions; +1 in each contest
  • Played vs. Cornell Jan. 3 and had assist for first career point
  • Skated in first career game Dec. 28 vs. Colgate
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades

Prior to Ohio State

  • Started 2018-19 with Whitecourt Wolverines before being traded to Fort McMurray Oil Barons; Was a captain and had 12-18-30 line in 35 games with the Wolverines and posted 7-11-18 totals in 25 regular season games with the Oil Barons
  • Notched three goals and six points in 10 postseason games in 2019
  • Had 49 points in 58 games with Whitecourt in 2017-18, scoring 15 goals and adding 34 assists while serving as team captain
  • Also played with the Wolverines in 2016-17 and 2015-16; Had nine points (4g, 5a) in 39 games in first year with the squad, as the team won the AJHL North championship and reached AJHL final, and saw action in 53 games in year two, with 15-15-30 line
  • Received a number of awards with Whitecourt: Fan Favorite in 2016 and ’18, Unsung Hero in 2016, Most Improved and Humanitarian in 2017 and Most Dedicated in 2018; Finalist for 2018 AJHL Don McNabb Most Dedicated award
  • Played with St. Albert Raiders AAA program
  • Graduated from Bellerose Composite High School in 2016

Personal

  • Son of Greg, who works for Coca Cola, and Tammy, a primary math consultant
  • Has a younger brother, Dylan
  • Lead co-director of St. Albert Humboldt Broncos Memorial Charity Tournament; received Community Spirit Leadership Award from city of St. Albert, presented by the mayor, because of efforts to organize the tournament
  • Finance major
  • Attracted to Ohio State because of the “coaching staff, campus and facilities”
  • Enjoys wake surfing, golfing and spending time with friends
  • Started skating at age 3 and playing hockey at 5, with his father getting him into the game
  • Pick One: Best thing about hockey – “It’s a fast, exciting game that creates lifelong friendships”; Movie – Step Brothers or Avengers: Endgame; TV Show – Suits or Designated Survivor; Music – Post Malone; Professional team – Edmonton Oilers; Athlete – Connor McDavid; Meal – steak, baked potato and Caesar salad; Celebrity – Will Ferrell; Snack food – cookies; Ice cream flavor – birthday cake; Sport other than hockey – to watch, football/to play, golf or baseball; Vacation spot – cruises throughout the Caribbean; Books – Harry Potter; Place hockey has taken you – Boston

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