The ice was installed on the floor of Value City Arena by mid-August and single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday so the start of the Ohio State men’s hockey season, its first in the new Big Ten conference, can’t be far behind.
But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t news to report from a busy offseason as ex-Buckeyes made their moves and team captains were announced.
Foremost was the hiring by of former head coach Mark Osiecki as an assistant coach with the Rockford (Ill.) IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the top affiliate for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Osiecki was surprisingly fired after three seasons even though he led the Buckeyes to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals for the first time since 2004-05. He had a 46-50-10 record before being replaced by assistant coach Steve Rohlik.
This will be Osiecki’s first coaching job in the professional ranks but he has an extensive career encompassing, juniors, college and USA Hockey.
In other notes:
* Senior defenseman Curtis Gedig will captain the Buckeyes this season in voting by his teammates while junior forwards Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz will be the alternates.
Gedig, a 2009 New Jersey draft pick, is the team leader with 100 games played and was voted 2013 Best Defensive Player by the Buckeyes. He was captain for most of last season.
* Martell with Kalamazoo
* South Carolina of the ECHL re-signed forward Peter Boyd. The Stingrays acquired him from Bakersfield late last season and he had four goals and six assists in 10 games and added another goal in four playoff appearances.
At Ohio State, Boyd had 113 points (39 goals, 74 assists) in 159 games over four seasons.
* Another ECHL team, Gwinnett (Ga.) inked former Ohio State defenseman Devin Krogh to a contract.
Krogh, 23, had 11 points (2-9) in 31 games last season as a Buckeye senior. He played in 129 games at OSU, totaling eight goals, 33 assists, and 146 penalty minutes.
* Forward Hunter Bishop of Fairbanks, Alaska, signed with Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League after playing for four teams last season. He had 24 goals and 25 assists for South Carolina last season and collected five points (3-2) for Manchester in 24 games last season.
* Defenseman Nate Guenin signed with the NHL Colorado Avalanche’s organization and forward C.J. Severyn, who was second on the Orlando Solar Bears with 22 goals last season, agreed to terms with the ECHL team. Also, forward Rod Pelley signed a minor-league deal with the New Jersey Devils of the N HL.
* Single-game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Buckeyes enter the Big Ten after 40 years in the CCHA and will host two games apiece against new conference foes Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www. Ticketmaster.com, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the OSU ticket office in the Schottenstein Center. Single game tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for student/youth and seniors.
Also, all Ohio State students will receive free admission to regular-season home games with a valid BuckID.
The Buckeyes host Toronto in an exhibition on Oct. 5 then opens the regular season at home against former CCHA rival Miami on Oct. 11.