Statistics: 42 GP, 11-34—45
Fritsche's hometown of Parma, Ohio, is famous (or infamous)
for the abundance of plastic pink flamingos decorating its
while Parma prides itself as a bastion of kitsch, none of
the tackiness associated with the faux tropical wading birds
can be seen in Fritsche's game. In fact, the freshman forward
was a major reason Ohio State improved by one win from the
previous season – a feat that doesn't seem all that
remarkable until one considers the Buckeyes lost nine letterwinners
from the team that won the 2004 CCHA playoff championship.
was one of three freshmen this season who shared the nation's
top spot for scoring by a rookies. Not bad for a guy who
didn't really hit his stride until after Christmas. The
U.S. Under-18 Team alum scored 10 of his 12 goals after
the holidays and had a point in 17 of OSU's last 23 games
as the Buckeyes pressed Michigan for the CCHA regular season
title up until the final weekend of the regular season.
importance to his team extends well beyond point production.
He was also an integral member of Ohio State's power play
and penalty kill, both of which ranked among the 10 best
units in the country.
With three years of eligibility remaining, Fritsche has
OSU hockey fans – from both Parma and elsewhere –
Runner-up: Joe Fallon, Vermont