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Dominic Vidoli

Defenseman

Player profile

  • Year Junior
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 190
  • Hometown Wake Forest, N.C.
  • Junior Team Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)

Ohio State Career

  • An AHCA All-American Scholar and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in 2021
  • Bucks Go Pro 1.0 intern in Summer 2021, working in the MOVES lab

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

  • Skated in 12 of first 18 games, with two goals and three assists
  • Assisted on overtime gamewinner vs. Bowling Green Dec. 16
  • Scored first collegiate goal at Bentley Oct. 9, with goal standing as gamewinner
  • Third period goal vs. Penn State Nov. 6 was the gamewinner in comeback win
  • Two helpers vs. Mercyhurst Nov. 26 for first career multiple-point game; +2 in the outing
  • 13 shot blocks on the year, with three vs. Michigan Dec. 11 and two in four other games

2020-21 (Sophomore Season)

  • Played in first 10 games and 16 overall; did not play after Jan. 24 because of injury
  • Assist vs. Michigan Jan. 15 for first career point
  • +3 vs. Penn State Jan. 8 and +2 against Michigan State Nov. 29
  • 10 shot blocks
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Played with Sioux City for two seasons
  • Saw action in 18 games in 2018-19, with a 2-13-15 line and had 16 points, with three goals and 13 assists, in 19 games in 2019-20
  • Assistant captain for the Musketeers in 2019-20
  • Played at Boston University for part of 2018-19, skating in six games
  • Spent three years playing for Culver Military Academy; in last year with Culver, had 55 points (17g, 38a) in 43 games in 2017-18, as team was ranked No. 1 nationally and lost just four games all season
  • Played with TPH Thunder and Cleveland Barons AAA programs
  • Graduated from Culver in 2018
  • Also played lacrosse

Personal

  • Son of Christopher, a business manager, and Amy, a retired financial manager; Has an older sister, Elizabeth, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati
  • Biology major and would like to double major in philosophy; hopes to attend medical school and practice functional/integrative medicine
  • Born in Cleveland
  • On why he chose Ohio State: “All my family is originally from Ohio. I grew up a huge Buckeye fan. It was the perfect fit to get a good education and play great hockey. I loved the campus and Columbus. The coaching staff was awesome. I was excited to move back to the state where I grew up and play for the school I grew up rooting for.”
  • On why he wears No. 9: “I grew up wearing No. 63. When I went to Culver Military Academy we could only wear numbers 1-30 so I chose 9, which stemmed from 63 (6+3=9). I have been 9 ever since.”
  • Started playing hockey at 5 years old; no one in his family played, but played garage hockey with a friend and then asked to try ice hockey and has been playing ever since
  • Taught himself to play guitar in high school and enjoys cooking
  • A huge coffee fan and plans to train to be a barista
  • Loves to read all types of things, enjoys listening to science and performance podcasts and enjoys the outdoors
  • Has worked on a blueberry farm picking blueberries in North Carolina
  • On his favorite player, Roman Josi: “He plays the game with a ton of creativity. His poise, vision and raw skill with the puck and his play without the puck make him one of the best defensemen in the NHL year in and year out.”