COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Laczynski, a forward who recently wrapped up a four-year career with the Ohio State men’ s hockey team, has signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Monday. Laczynski, from Shorewood, Ill., was a sixth-round pick of the Flyers in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
“Tanner has completed an excellent college career at Ohio State University and we are very excited to have him under contract,” Brent Flahr, the Flyers’ vice president and assistant general manager, said in the team’s release. “He plays a mature two-way game, he’s a proven leader, and we see him as a versatile forward for the Flyers organization going forward.”
Laczynski led the Buckeyes with 23 assists and 34 points, ranking second among B1G skaters in assists and tying for third in points in the shortened 2019-20 season. It was his fourth straight year with 10+ goals, 20+ assists and 30+ points.
He was an alternate captain for the Buckeyes (20-11-5), who finished the year ranked 10th in the USCHO poll, were the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament (set to host the tourney semifinals when the season was cancelled) and were poised to make a fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament. Over the last four years, Laczynski and his senior classmates were part of 87 wins, four-straight 20 win campaigns, a Big Ten regular season title and a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. They would have been the first class in school history to make four NCAA Tournament appearances.
“Extremely honored and humbled to say I’ve signed my first contract with the Philadelphia Flyers,” Laczynski said on his Instagram (@tanner_laczynski8). “Can’t thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches enough for getting me here. The work now begins.”
Laczynski ended his Buckeye career with 143 points, the second-most among 2019-20 NCAA players, and 95 assists, sharing the lead among this year’s skaters across the nation, while playing in 138 games. Laczynski’s 1.04 career points per game ranked fifth among all skaters in the NCAA this season and was second among seniors.
“We are excited for Tanner and proud of all he has accomplished,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “He made the decision to return to school for his senior year and was an integral part of our team’s success. He will get the best of both worlds this spring, first signing a pro contract and then earning his college degree.”
He had 13 career gamewinning goals, tying for the second-most for a Buckeye in school history. His 95 career assists are tied for 11th in school history and match Mason Jobst, who reached the mark last season, for the most since 1989 (two back of tying for 10th in school history).
Laczynski, who was part of the gold medal winning Team USA squad at the 2017 World Junior Championship, earned Second Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and was an honorable mention All-B1G selection in 2019. He has also received NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional and Big Ten All-Tournament team accolades. Big Ten year-end awards have not yet been announced for 2019-20. He earned a program-record tying nine Big Ten weekly honors, leading all Buckeye forwards.
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In the classroom, Laczynski is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third time this year. He will earn his degree in sport industry at the end of spring semester.
Laczynski is a Top 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Fan voting is open through March 30 at the link below.