Ohio State Hockey Gains Notoriety in the National Hockey League

While the Columbus Blue Jackets have kept ice hockey at top of mind in Columbus during this hot summer with their trades, signings and draftees, the Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey team has also made news in the NHL.

In this year’s Stanley Cup, former Ohio State defenseman Matt Bartkowski, in his first year as a professional hockey player, was a part of the Boston Bruins’ run to the title.  Read more about Bartkowski being one of the team’s “black aces,” and watch him hoist the trophy after the Bruins won Game 7 in Vancouver, 4-0.

Staying with the Stanley Cup, former Ohio State hockey forward Ryan Kesler, who now skates for the runner-up Vancouver Canucks, was honored with the Selke Trophy (video) at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward in the NHL that demonstrates the most skill in the defensive aspect of the game.

Last, but not least, to show the strength of the Ohio State hockey pipeline, three future members of the Ohio State men’s hockey program were selected in the
2011 NHL Entry Draft
Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. In the sixth round, defenseman Sam Jardine was selected by Chicago at No. 169 and forward Max McCormick was drafted two spots later by Ottawa. The Senators added forward Ryan Dzingel in the seventh round at No. 204.

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About GCSC

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) was formed in June 2002 to provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise in attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities to bolster Greater Columbus economically and socially. Since its inception, GCSC has bid on and brought more than 150 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $150 million in visitor spending. The GCSC also works to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $100 million in visitor spending.
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