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Aubrey Nelson


Centerburg, OH

Member since 07 October 2013 | Blog

Born in the middle of an ice storm and destined to be a hockey fan. My grandma has never forgiven me for chucking my sweet sixteen party in favor of attending the Ohio State-Miami game. I'm excited to be covering the awesomeness that is Buckeye hockey for Eleven Warriors.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The Buckeyes' run to the Frozen Four in 1998. Any game in which Ohio State beats Miami is a good game, but January 8, 2011 was a particularly memorable one with John Albert bringing OSU all the way back from an 0-2 hole. The blowout of Notre Dame in the 2010 CCHA playoffs was pretty fun too.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Linebackers in general and A.J. Hawk in particular
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 06 Jul 2018

Herding cats. Or at least that's what it feels like I'm doing these days. But the hardworking Mr. Hope has everything under control.

I don't know for sure whether Sauve's decision was more academically or athletically driven. I did think that she was a more aggressively territorial goaltender than usual this past season and wondered whether that was a tweak the coaching staff was trying to make to her game or a sign of frustration. Kind of shrugged it off during the season since it seemed to be working for her and increased stress seemed normal in a program-record year anyway. I wonder now, though. FWIW she was a sport industry major. 

Whatever her reasons, and although her loss sucks with the power of a thousand Hoovers, I wish her well at Clarkson outside of an OSU match-up. During Sauve's Buckeye career - even through the special hell the women's hockey program has been the last few years - I never knew her to phone in a performance on the ice or be less than a classy human off of it.

Comment 08 Apr 2018

The majority of college hockey players stay all four years. However, most of the ones with serious pro potential do leave school early. For an NHL-drafted prospect like Laczynski, an early jump to the pro leagues would come from a mutual agreement between him and the NHL club that holds his signing rights  (In Tanner's case, that's Philadelphia.) A guy like Mason Jobst, who was passed up in the draft, but draws big league interest with an impressive collegiate resume, is a free agent and can sign with any team. Stellar drafted players sometimes leave after just one or two years. A free agent usually doesn't get an offer until after his junior or senior season. 

Comment 07 Apr 2018

Thank you for the high praise. Eleven Warriors has great writers and I'm honored and humbled to be included among them. No journalism major for me. I'm more what you'd call self-taught, lots of trial and error, plus fantastic resources, advice, and encouragement.  

Comment 06 Apr 2018

The only major piece OSU is set to lose to graduation is Matt Weis. That's a significant loss as he was a point-per-game player and a key cog in the top line's regular season success but, as we saw in the tournament, the Bucks can win without him.

The outlook for next season is going to depend on whether Laczynski, Joshua, and Jobst opt to return or accept a pro deal. I expect all three will be offered one. Without at least two of those guys coming back I think it's going to be difficult for OSU to make a third straight NCAA tourney. 

Comment 05 Apr 2018

The Puck Bucks can use all the good will and mojo they can get. Please take your choice of seats aboard the bandwagon.