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Sean Romeo

School

Ohio State

Position
Goalie
Major
Finance

Classroom

Sean Romeo is a finance major with a 3.6 grade-point average and is scheduled to graduate in the spring. He was the winner of the 2018 NCAA Elite 90 Award for the highest grade-point average among players at the Frozen Four. He is an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, as well as a dean’s list honoree. His career goals outside of hockey include becoming a financial advisor or investment banker.

Character

Romeo transferred to Ohio State after two years at Maine, forcing him to sit out the 2016-17 season. He spent that season focusing and preparing himself for the time he would be back in action. His start in the 2017-18 season opener was his first regular season game since Dec. 30, 2015. Buckeye Head Coach Steve Rohlik often spoke of Romeo’s attention to detail and routine throughout his redshirt year. 

Rohlik said of Romeo to The Athletic: “If you go by numbers that’s one thing, but I go by who (Romeo) is and what he is and how he handles himself every day. He’s an unbelievable individual, how he handles himself in the classroom, and he brings that all in his game. [He’s] very detailed, organized, structured, and he certainly gives our team that confidence that we have a guy back there that if we break down he can make those big saves. He’s been a rock for us.”

Community

With his teammates, Romeo has worked with Second and Seven, a reading program with elementary schools. He has also coached at a softball event for mentally handicapped children and adults.

Competition

Romeo was a 2018 second-team All-Big Ten selection and semifinalist for the 2018 Mike Richter Award (the first in program history). He was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the 2018 NCAA Midwest Regional, as he backstopped the Buckeyes to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in 20 years. He ranked in the top 12 in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage in 2018, while ranking seventh nationally in minutes played. He also was a five-time Big Ten Star of the Week in 2018.

In the summer of 2018, Romeo participated in the Columbus Blue Jackets development camp as a free agent invitee, and entering 2018-19, he was named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List.