Eric Cooley


Player profile

  • Year Graduate
  • Height 5-9
  • Weight 185
  • Hometown Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Junior Team Amarillo Bulls (NAHL)
  • Previous School Niagara University (AHA)

College Career

  • Graduate transfer after playing four years at Niagara
  • Earned degree in finance and now working toward a certificate in public management; plans to become a financial advisor

Ohio State Career

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

  • Goal and three assists while playing in 16 of first 18 games; did not play in game two vs. Bentley or UConn
  • Scored gamewinner against Michigan Dec. 11, marking first goal at Ohio State
  • Two assists vs. Michigan State Oct. 30 and a shorthanded helper vs. Penn State Nov. 5

Prior to Ohio State

At Niagara

  • Played in 130 games in four years at Niagara, with 24 goals, 49 assists and 73 points
  • Skated in 21 games in 2020-21, with a 4-4-8 line
  • Played in all 34 games in 2019-20, notching six goals and 12 assists for 18 points; posted two goals at RIT Nov. 8, 2019, scoring to tie the game and then tallying the gamewinner for the Purple Eagles in their first 3×3 overtime game; both goals appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays and NHL Network Goal One | Goal Two
  • Appeared in all 41 games and had 27 points, on nine goals and 18 assists, as a sophomore in 2018-19
  • Saw action in 34 of 36 games as a freshman and had 20 points, scoring six goals and posting 14 assists; named Atlantic Hockey Rookie Player of the Week
  • Invited to Toronto Maple Leafs development camp in 2018 and Buffalo Sabres camp in 2019
  • Earned AHA All-Academic Team accolades in 2019

Junior Hockey

  • Played for the NAHL Amarillo Bulls in 2016-17, with 34 points, on 14 goals and 20 assists, in 51 games
  • Came up through Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program and was part of 2016 U18 AAA National Championship squad
  • Attended Central Catholic for three years and graduated from PA Cyber in 2017


  • Son of Eric, owner of Ameri-Bin (a waste and hauling service), and Cathy, who attended Washington and Jefferson College
  • Has three siblings, brothers Logan and Riley, and sister Lauren
  • Spends lots of time outdoors fishing and golfing with friends
  • Chose to wear No. 27 at Ohio State because it was the first number he wore when he started playing hockey
  • Has worked for his father’s company in the summer loading debris and doing clean outs for people who need help clearing out their projects
  • On why he chose Ohio State: “Coming to Ohio State was a no-brainer. Being from Pittsburgh it is close to home and it is respected not only athletically but academically as well.”
  • Comes from a hockey family and started playing when he was 3 years old. Uncles John Mooney (Colorado College) and Tom Mooney (Notre Dame) played college hockey and introduced him to the game
  • Great uncle Jack Butler payed for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1951-59 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012

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