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Cole McWard

Defenseman

Player profile

  • Year Freshman
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 192
  • Hometown Fenton, Mo.
  • Junior Team Tri-City Storm (USHL)

Ohio State Career

2021-22 (Freshman Season, through Dec. 17)

  • Appeared in 17 of 18 games, posting three assists
  • Assist vs. UConn Oct. 15 for first collegiate point
  • Helper vs. Penn State Nov. 5 and against Bowling Green Dec. 16
  • Three shot blocks in each game vs. Penn State Nov. 5-6 and against Michigan Dec. 10 and has 14 on the year
  • Five +1 outings and a +2 night vs. Bowling Green Dec. 16

Prior to Ohio State

  • Second Team All-USHL in 2020-21 after leading USHL defensemen in power play goals (9) and shots on goal (131) while skating with Tri-City
  • Captain for the Storm and had 33 points, with 14 goals and 19 assists, in 52 games
  • Skated in 48 games with Tri-City in both 2018-19 and 2019-20; notched 1-5-6 line in first full year and 8-10-19 totals in year two; made USHL debut with Tri-City in 2017-18
  • Won gold at U17 Five Nations Cup with Team USA
  • USHL All-Academic Team honoree in 2019
  • Played for St. Louis AAA Blues
  • Attended Westminster Christian Academy and graduated from University of Missouri Online K-12 in 2019
  • Also played lacrosse, roller hockey and football

Personal

  • Son of Tina and Patrick, who both attended Missouri
  • Has a brother, Gannon
  • Enjoys playing pool (used to be a lot better at it), plays basketball and can juggle; loves dogs
  • Plans to major in a business area and would like to own and run a company someday
  • Has worked as a summer intern for his father, along with coaching at hockey camps
  • Played junior hockey with Christian Berger of Penn State and Yale’s Henry Wagner
  • On why he chose Ohio State: “It has the best of everything to offer. It is a top-notch university along with a hockey program that has a long history of success. The facilities at Ohio State are unmatched and the coaches are amazing people and coaches. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Buckeye.”
  • Started playing hockey at age 3; older brother started playing and would go to his skating lessons; got to go on the ice one day and always wanted to play after that

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