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Sasha Larocque

School

The Ohio State University

Position
Defense
Major
Earth Sciences

Classroom

Sasha Larocque, an earth sciences major with a 3.5 grade-point average, is set to graduate this spring. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. His career goal is to work as a geologist in the oil and gas industry in an exploration role or with an environmental company, working with prevention of damage and remediation of ecosystems. He is a research intern at Ohio State, working predominantly with geochemistry. Larocque traveled to Iceland in the summer of 2017 as part of the Buckeyes Go International study abroad program.

Larocque earned a 4.0 grade-point average in the fall.

Character

Larocque has been voted a two-time captain for the Buckeyes, wearing the A as a junior and the C as a senior. This past summer, Larocque took part in a Bucks Go Pro professional development road trip to Indianapolis. He is focused on being successful both in hockey and in a career outside of hockey.

Larocque played four years of junior hockey and was ready to leave the game and enroll at Dalhousie University. He decided to give hockey one more shot and made the USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints. He ended as a captain with the Saints before coming to Columbus.

Community

With his teammates, Larocque has worked with Second and Seven, a reading program with elementary schools, and has spent time visiting at a Ronald McDonald House.

Competition

Larocque was a 2018 second-team All-Big Ten honoree and was voted to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team as the Buckeyes advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1998. Part of a team that was under .500 his freshman season, Larocque has helped lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back NCAA appearances, including the program’s first NCAA Frozen Four trip in 2018. He is a stay-at-home defenseman for the Buckeyes, blocking shots, and a leader on the penalty kill that led the NCAA last season.

He was the leader of the Buckeye defense that was third nationally and set the program record for lowest goals allowed per game and led the NCAA on the penalty kill in 2018. He participated in the Anaheim Ducks development camp as a free agent invitee in Summer 2018.

Larocque, a defenseman, earned Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors Jan. 3 after two points, a +2 rating and five shot blocks in a sweep of Mercyhurst. His +13 rating is tied for 24th among all NCAA skaters and tied for 13th among the nation’s blueliners. He has seven points, with two goals and five assists, along with 36 shot blocks, while skating in all 24 games this year. The Buckeyes, currently ranked No. 3 in the USCHO poll with a 15-5-4 record and 8-3-3-2 B1G mark, are 13th in the NCAA in scoring offense and defense.

All stats/standings are through games of Jan. 22.