A finance major and dean’s list student, Duddy has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average entering his senior year. He is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (3.7 or higher GPA for the school year) and Academic All-Big Ten selection (3.2 or higher cumulative GPA) and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and he was selected to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team as a junior. Duddy was one of 35 students from the Fisher College of Business to be named to the Dean’s Leadership Academy, where he is given the chance to develop leadership skills through intensive group work and interact and network with Columbus business leaders. Following winter quarter graduation in March, he would like to pursue a hockey career, but if that does not work out, or when his playing career is over, he plans to find a job in finance or attend law school.
Duddy has battled back from two serious injuries to be a consistent player for the Buckeyes. As a freshman in 2008-09, he suffered a season-ending leg injury at the end of January. He was honored with the 2009 Coaches Award for his hard work throughout the year on the ice, in rehab and in the classroom. As a sophomore, he suffered a leg injury in February which many thought would end his season. He worked hard at rehab and returned to the squad in time for a playoff run, missing just five games. His coaches have talked of him as the hardest worker on the team, giving his all each day to the team, whether in the community, in the weight room or on the ice. As they have said “He is not going to take days off.”
Duddy is active both on campus and in the community. He has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board since 2009 and is on the group’s external affairs committee, which is charged with facilitating communication between athletes and Ohio State faculty, organizing and managing activities (student-athlete formal, charity run) and enhancing interaction between student-athletes and the student body. He has volunteered with the 2nd and Seven Foundation since 2009, reading to children at local elementary schools. He also is the men’s hockey team’s representative with Buckeye Buddies, developing a relationship between the squad and a child at a local hospital. He regularly volunteers and participates in other community opportunities with the team as well, from working at community events to speaking to student groups.
Duddy, a three-year letterwinner, was named a team captain by first-year head coach Mark Osiecki for 2010-11, the only junior selected along with three senior teammates, and has been named a captain again for his senior year. A stay-at-home defenseman, he has played in 89 career games and has a +10 rating, along with a goal and nine assists for 10 points. He has not been a healthy scratch in the last two seasons, missing nine games as a sophomore with injury and playing in all 37 a year ago. He has 81 career blocked shots, including a personal-best 37 in 2010-11.
Duddy has a career-high 10 assists and points through 19 games this season (after entering senior year with nine career helpers and 10 career points)and has an assist in each of his last six games and in eight of the last nine outings (through Dec. 30). He is +6 this year and in conference games, he is tied for third in the league in assists (9) and scoring among defensemen. The team is 9-1 when he records a point.