COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tatum Skaggs on Friday was announced as a finalist for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Skaggs is the second women’s hockey player in as many years to be a finalist, following Jincy Dunne in 2020. Dunn went on to win the award last year, along with wrestler Kollin Moore.
The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis.
Finalists are selected based on their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, on the field, and as a leader and role model within their program. Each year, Ohio State selects one male and one female recipient for the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The winners for the 2021 Big Ten Medal of Honor will be announced on May 31.
Skaggs, from Hartland, Wisc., held the Buckeyes advance to their second Frozen Four in the last four years during the 2020-21 season. An alternate captain, played in 132 games for the Buckeyes during her four-year career and finished with more goals – 65 – than any active player on the 2020-21 roster. She was Ohio State’s leading scorer in 2020-21 with 19 points and tied for the team lead with 11 assists. She is set to graduate on Sunday with her degree in special education.
And to say she’s scored big goals in big moments would be an understatement. In 2020 at the WCHA Final Faceoff, she had game-winning goals in both the semifinals and finals – vs. No. 3 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin – to give the Buckeyes their first-ever conference title. Not surprisingly, she was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Skaggs graduated in May with her degree in special education and plans to get into the field either through working in a school or an organization that helps kids with special needs. Throughout her career, she earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete honors, OSU Scholar-Athlete laurels and Academic All-Big Ten distinction.