–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: May 21, 2019
Gordi Myer of Sylvania, Ronnie Hein, Tanner Laczynski and Austin Pooley have been selected as Ohio State men’s hockey captains for the upcoming season after a team vote. Hein, Laczynski and Myer are rising seniors, while Pooley is a rising junior.
“I’m really excited about our leadership group for next year,” Steve Rohlik, Buckeye head coach, said. “I am confident they will continue to carry the high standards we have set for our program both on and off the ice.”
Hein, a forward from Chelsea, Mich., has skated in 78 games for the Scarlet and Gray in his career, with 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points. He had a career-high 11 goals, 10 assists and 21 points in 2018-19, ranking second on the team in goals. He has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors twice and has been an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Laczynski, a native of Shorewood, Illinois, will be among the nation’s leading returning career point scorers in 2019-20. In 102 games for the Buckeyes, the forward has 37 goals and 72 assists for 109 points (1.07 points per game). He was a 2019 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection after posting a team-best 20 assists, ranking second with 30 points, while limited to 27 games because of injury. He tied for 16th in the NCAA and was fifth in the Big Ten with 1.11 points per game. Laczynski was a Second Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection in 2018. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Myer, a defenseman who hails from Sylvania, has seen action in 97 games at Ohio State, with 31 points on three goals and 28 assists, along with a +26 rating and 124 blocked shots. In 2018-19 he had eight assists and nine points, ranked second on the team with a +10 mark and had a team-best 52 shot blocks. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, as well as a 2017 AHCA All-American Scholar.
Pooley, from Dublin, Ohio has seen action in 74 games at Ohio State, with five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with 31 shot blocks. In 2018-19 the forward skated in 33 games, scoring three goals and adding two assists, along with blocking 21 shots. He has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors twice and is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Pooley earned AHCA All-American Scholar accolades in 2018. His uncle, Paul Pooley, was a two-time captain for the Buckeyes (1983, ‘84).
The Buckeyes are coming off a season where they were 20-11-5 overall and won the first Big Ten regular season championship in program history, posting a 13-7-4-3 record in conference play. The squad reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and the ninth time in program history.