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Ryan O'Connell

Defenseman

Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 185
  • Hometown Manotick, Ontario
  • Junior Team Penticton Vees (BCHL)

NHL

  • Drafted by Toronto in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (seventh round, No. 203)
  • Participated in the team’s development camp in Summer 2018 and ’19

Ohio State Career

  • Entered senior season with two goals, 13 assists, 15 points and 87 shot blocks in 87 games played
  • Member of 2019 Big Ten regular season championship squad

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

  • Two assists while playing in 13 games
  • Team-high 25 shot blocks
  • Career-high +4 and posted an assist vs. Michigan State Oct. 30
  • Posted an assist vs. Mercyhurst Nov. 26
  • Four shot blocks at Minnesota Nov. 12 and vs. Michigan Dec. 10
  • Played in career game 100 Dec. 10 vs. Michigan

2020-21 (Junior Season)

  • Skated in all 27  games, with six assists
  • Third on squad and 10th in Big Ten with 41 shot blocks; 10th in B1G with 1.52 blocks per game
  • Three or more blocks in seven games (five at Wisconsin Feb. 27, four vs. Michigan State Nov. 19 and vs. Notre Dame Feb. 6, three at Notre Dame Dec. 12, vs. Penn State Jan. 8, at Michigan State Jan. 23 and vs. Michigan Feb. 19)
  • Career-high two assists at Michigan State Jan. 23; blocked five shots in series vs. the Spartans
  • Posted assists Nov. 23 at Minnesota and Dec. 3 vs. Wisconsin, Jan. 8 vs. Penn State and March 4 vs. Arizona State
  • +3 in game one vs. the Sun Devils March 4

2019-20 (Sophomore Season)

  • Goal and six helpers while playing in 29 games
  • Missed first four games of the year, Dec. 7 game vs. Minnesota and series at Wisconsin Jan. 10-11 with injuries
  • 27 shot blocks, with 2+ in seven games
  • Assist at Mercyhurst Oct. 25 in first game of the year
  • Helpers Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 against Michigan, Nov. 9 at Notre Dame and Nov. 30 vs. Michigan State

2018-19 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in first 20 games before missing four with injury; returned to action at Wisconsin Feb. 8-9 and ended year with 31 games played
  • First career assist came at Michigan Feb. 23
  • First career goal and point was Jan. 4 at Michigan State, with personal-best +2 mark
  • 19 shot blocks on the year, including three vs. UMass Oct. 20, at Colgate Nov. 9 and at Wisconsin Feb. 8

Prior to Ohio State

  • Skated with Penticton in the BCHL in 2017-18; Limited to 26 games because of injury and posted 14 points on three goals and 11 assists
  • Member of Canada West gold medal winning squad at 2017 World Junior A Challenge
  • Spent two seasons with St. Andrew’s College, winning back-to-back CISAA titles
  • Won St. Andrew’s Best Defenseman Award in 2016 and ’17
  • Had 76 points (11g, 65a) in 123 CAHS/CISAA games combined
  • Played in Ottawa Junior 67s program
  • Graduated from St. Andrew’s in 2017
  • Also played lacrosse, golf and soccer; named soccer MVP

Off the Ice

  • Son of Ron, a police officer, and Carolyn, a federal government employee
  • Sister, Kylie, is studying criminology at Carleton University
  • Has spent time volunteering with youth at the YMCA in Ottawa and working at both a golf course and a restaurant
  • Environment, economy, development and sustainability major
  • Attracted to Ohio State because of “The best college experiences; interactions, the atmosphere, best college hockey in the country and the amount of opportunity for me. Traditions, but most importantly, the people at Ohio State.”
  • Began playing hockey around age 3, with father influencing him to get into the game
  • Hometown of Manotick is about 15 miles from downtown Ottawa
  • Uncle Brian Downey played at Maine from 1989-92 and was drafted by the Senators; set CCHL record for points in a season with 172 points in 56 games for the Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Cousin Patrick Stoqua played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL from 1979-84
  • Favorite hockey player is Morgan Reilly because they have similar playing styles and Reilly plays for his favorite hockey team
  • Pick One: Movie – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates; Television show – The 100; Musical Group – The Lumineers; Professional Team – Toronto Maple Leafs; Athlete – Tom Brady; Homecooked meal – spaghetti and Italian sausage; Celebrity – Drake; Snack food – pizza; Ice cream flavor – chocolate; Sport other than hockey – golf; Vacation spot – Bora Bora; Rink – Air Canada Center; Magazine – Sports Illustrated

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