Dalton Messina


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 5-11
  • Weight 195
  • Hometown Macomb, Mich.
  • Junior Team Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

Ohio State Career

  • A three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick

2022-23 (Senior Season, through Jan. 1)

  • Two assists while playing in six games
  • Assist in back-to-back games – Dec. 3 at Penn State and Dec. 16 at Bowling Green
  • +1 in three games in a row – Dec. 2 and 3 at Penn State and Dec. 16 at Bowling Green

2021-22 (Junior Season)

  • Skated in three outings and had two assists
  • Played in both games vs. Mercyhurst Nov. 26-27
  • Posted assist in game two for first career point; +1 in the win and blocked a shot
  • Helper at Notre Dame Dec. 4
  • Earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades

2020-21 (Sophomore Season)

  • Made season debut Nov. 29 vs. Michigan State and was injured in the game
  • Played in 10 games overall
  • Three shot blocks
  • Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2019-20 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in 10 games
  • Two shot blocks vs. Colgate Dec. 28
  • Made Buckeye debut Nov. 2 vs. Michigan
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors

 Prior to Ohio State

  • Played in the USHL the last three seasons, spending last year and a half in Youngstown
  • Skated in 56 regular season games in 2018-19, with 25 points on nine goals and 16 assists
  • Started 2017-18 with Cedar Rapids, serving as the team’s captain, and had a 2-2-4 line in 15 games before moving to Youngstown; Had 2-4-6 totals in 21 games with the Phantoms; Squad reached the Clark Cup finals
  • Played in 56 games for the RoughRiders in 2016-17, notching 17 points on 12 goals and five assists while serving as an assistant captain as a rookie
  • Skated with the Oakland Junior Grizzlies and Compuware and served as a captain for Oakland
  • Graduated from De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, Mich., in 2016
  • Also played high school lacrosse and travel baseball


  • Son of Joe, who works with Ford Motor Company, and Sherry, who works at Biondo Cement
  • Sister, Desiree, and brother, Dario, both attended Oakland University; Desiree is currently attending Michigan to obtain her master’s degree in social work, she was a two-time All-American and three-time Player of the Year for the women’s lacrosse team at Oakland, part of four conference championship teams and four WCLA national tournament appearances
  • Late uncle Tommy Valentine played college golf at Georgia and was a member of the PGA for 12 years, recording 14 Top 10 finishes and beating Tomy Watson in a three-hole sudden death playoff in 1981
  • Sport industry major and would like to be an NHL general manager
  • Loves to play cards and learn about history
  • Started hockey at age 3; sister and brother were always playing – whether it was street, roller or ice hockey – and always wanted to be a part of it
  • Has worked as a golf caddy, starting at age 12
  • Pick One: Best thing about hockey – brotherhood; Movie – Happy Gilmore; TV show – Entourage or The Office; Musician – Toby Keith; Professional team – Detroit Red Wings; Athletes – Brendan Shanahan and Lebron James; Homecooked meal – mom’s chicken pot pie; Celebrity – Vince Vaughn; Snack food – granola bar; Ice cream flavor – chocolate chip cookie dough; Sport other than hockey – basketball; Vacation spot – Florida; Rink – Joe Louis Arena; Book – Harry Potter series; Place hockey has taken you – Quebec City for the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

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