Since our inception in 2004, our program has produced six homegrown NHL players (Connor Murphy, Sean Kuraly, Jack Roslovic, Kiefer Sherwood, Kole Sherwood and Justin Richards), CBJ draft picks Trent Vogelhuber and Carson Meyer, and other NHL prospects such as Cole Cassels and Jerad Rosburg. In addition, the organization has helped advance hundreds of players to the junior and collegiate levels. 150+ of graduating alumni have gone on to play college hockey including more than 80 at both the Division I level and Division III levels. In addition, 30+ alumni have gone on to play professionally.
The impact of playing AAA hockey goes well beyond the ice, as our alumni have also gone on to achieve success in eduction, business, law enforcement, government, engineering and other well-respected industries all over the world.
Alumni in the Pros
30+ alumni have laced up the skates at the professional level, including three players with the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets and four with their AHL affiliate Cleveland Monsters.
NHL Draft & Free Agents
|Trent Vogelhuber||Columbus Blue Jackets||2007||7||211|
|Connor Murphy||Phoenix Coyotes||2011||1||20|
|Sean Kuraly||San Jose Sharks||2011||5||133|
|Cole Cassels||Vancouver Canucks||2013||4||85|
|Jack Roslovic||Winnipeg Jets||2015||1||25|
|Kole Sherwood||Columbus Blue Jackets||2015||Free Agent|
|Carson Meyer||Columbus Blue Jackets||2017||6||179|
|Kiefer Sherwood||Anaheim Ducks||2018||Free Agent|
|Justin Richards||New York Rangers||2020||Free Agent|
|Jerad Rosburg||Dallas Stars||2020||Free Agent|
When it comes to firsts, it was Dublin native Trent Vogelhuber that pioneered the hockey pathway for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets program. A member of the inaugural AAA team in 2004, Vogelhuber was able to advance his career with the NAHL's St. Louis Bandits where he recorded 26 points in 31 games during the 2006-07 season and accepted a scholarship offer from Miami University.
In the summer of 2007, Vogelhuber made more history when he became the first native of Central Ohio to ever be selected in the NHL Draft when he was taken in the 7th round (211 overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was also selected in the 1st round (5th overall) in the USHL Draft by the Des Moines Buccaneers.
From 2008-2012, Vogelhuber enjoyed a successful college career at Miami University where he recorded 51 points in 149 career games. Vogelhuber played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and back-to-back Frozen Fours. He was a key member of the RedHawks 2009-10 CCHA regular season title and 2011 Mason Cup playoff championship. In 2009, Vogelhuber scored a 3rd period goal to give Miami a 3-1 lead in the Division I national championship game.
Following his time at Miami, Vogelhuber played seven professional seasons in the American Hockey League for the Springfield Falcons, Lake Erie Monsters and San Antonio Rampage scoring 24 goals and 89 points in 301 career professional games. In 2015-16, Trent helped the Monsters capture their first Calder Cup in franchise history.
Since retiring in 2018, he has spent the past four seasons developing the Blue Jackets' top prospects as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Monsters.
A native of Dublin, Connor Murphy is currently in his 9th NHL season and serves as an assistant captain with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2021, he signed a 4 year extension with the Blackhawks. A veteran of more than 500 NHL games, Murphy made history on November 6, 2013 when he became the first member of the AAA Blue Jackets program to play and score in an NHL game.
In 2011, Murphy became the first OBJ alumnus to be selected in the 1st round of the NHL Draft when he was selected 20th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes. Following the draft, Murphy signed his first NHL contract and played his junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting. In two seasons in Sarnia, Murphy scored 14 goals and tallied 44 points in 68 games and served as an assistant captain during the 2012-13 season.
Murphy is a graduate of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and has enjoyed an incredible amount of success on the international stage. In 2011, Murphy scored the game-winning goal in overtime vs. Sweden to give the American the gold medal at the U18 World Championships. He also helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship alongside his former OBJ teammate Sean Kuraly. The duo also won silver together at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Murphy has represented the United States at the World Championships on FIVE occasions, winning bronze medals in 2015 and 2018. In 2016, he led the entire tournament in goals by a defenseman and was named a Top 3 Player of the Team. Perhaps his biggest honor was in 2017, when he was named captain of Team USA.
A native of Dublin, Kuraly signed with his hometown Blue Jackets on July 28, 2021 after 5 successful seasons with the Boston Bruins. During his time in Boston, he developed the reputation as a clutch performer and helped lead the Bruins to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. His clutch moments include scoring the game-winning goal at the 2019 Winter Classic, a critical 3rd period goal in Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and the winner in double overtime in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Prior to beginning his NHL career, Kuraly was a 4-year standout and captain at Miami University, where he tallied 93 points in 154 career games and helped lead the RedHawks to the 2012-13 CCHA regular season championship and the 2015 NCHC playoff title. His senior season, he was the recipient of the NCHC's Best Defensive Forward award.
A 5th round selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Kuraly tallied 102 points during 2 seasons with USHL's Indiana Ice and was a member of the all-USHL 2nd team in 2011-12 after finishing 4th in the league in scoring with 70 points.
Kuraly has also enjoyed significant success on the international stage highlighted by winning a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship. He also won a bronze medal and led the World Jr. A Challenge in scoring with 6 points in 5 games in 2011 and won silver at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Additionally, Kuraly was a call-up with the National Team Development Program during the 2009-10 while playing for the 18U AAA Blue Jackets.
A native of Columbus, Jack Roslovic was acquired by the Blue Jackets along with Patrik Laine on January 23, 2020. In his first season with CBJ, Roslovic set career bests in all offensive categories and finished tied for second in team scoring with 34 points in 48 games. On February 4, 2019, Roslovic was named the NHL's 1st Star of the Week after recording 5 goals and 6 points in a 4 goal stretching, including his first career hat trick. Now in his fifth full NHL season, Roslovic was named an AHL All-Star in his first professional season after leading the Manitoba Moose in scoring. He made his NHL debut on April 17, 2017 at Nationwide Arena against the Blue Jackets.
In 2015, Roslovic was selected in the 1st round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets and signed his first professional contract after playing one season at Miami University where he was named to the NCHC's All-Rookie Team. He also helped leaded Team USA to a gold medal at the 2017 U20 World Junior Championship.
Roslovic is a graduate of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program where he tallied 111 points in 119 career games. In 2018, Jack was named one of the top three players on Team USA while helping the team win a gold medal at the U18 World Championship. He also helped the Americans win gold at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge and Four Nations Tournament.
Roslovic also created his own foundation, Rosie's Gear for Goals, which focused on raising money to provide equipment for young, underprivileged hockey players.
A native of New Albany, Kiefer Sherwood is currently in his fifth professional season. He signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks in 2018 and owned a 6-7-13 line in 60 games with the Ducks before signing with the Colorado Avalanche in 2020. Sherwood has been a dominant force in the American Hockey League with both the San Diego Gulls and Colorado Eagles.
Sherwood played college hockey at Miami University where he scored 34 goals and 86 points in 3 seasons with the RedHawks. He was a member of the NCHC All-Academic Team.
Prior to Miami, Sherwood played two full seasons in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms where he racked up 90 points in 126 games. In 2014-15, he helped guide the Phantoms to the league's best record en route to winning the Anderson Cup.
In 2012-13, Sherwood earned a call-up with Team USA's National Team Development Program while playing for the AAA Blue Jackets 18U team. He was selected in the 7th Round (No. 99 overall) in the 2012 USHL Draft following his 16U season.
On July 7, 2015, Kole Sherwood became the first player to sign an NHL contract directly from the AAA Blue Jackets program when he signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The previous season, he led the T1EHL in goals (22) and helped the AAA Blue Jackets win its first ever league championship. Four years later, on February 16, 2019, Sherwood became the first central Ohio product to play for the Blue Jackets.
Prior to making his pro debut, Kole spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, Flint Firebirds and Kitchener Rangers. He notched 75 goals and 179 points in 180 career OHL games and was a member of the 2015-16 London Knights squad that won the OHL Championship and Memorial Cup.
Sherwood is currently in his fourth professional season. He has played 11 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and more than 120 games in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters, Belleville Senators and Milwaukee Admirals.
Justin Richards became the sixth AAA Blue Jacket alumnus to play an NHL game on May 8, 2021 when he recorded an assist and +1 rating in a 5-4 win over Sean Kuraly and the Boston Bruins.
Richards signed a free agent contract with the New York Rangers in 2020 after three incredibly successful seasons as the University of Minnesota-Duluth. During his collegiate career, Richard helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2019 NCHC playoff championship and back-to-back National Championships in 2018 & 2019. He served as an assistant captain and notched 66 points and a +40 rating in 120 career games. In 2018-19, Richards was a member of the All-NCHC 2nd team and was a two-time winner of the league's Defensive Forward of the Year award. In 2019, he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Prior to UMD, Richards spent one season in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars where he tallied 30 points in 52 games.
In 2013, the Vancouver Canucks selected Cole Cassels in the 3rd round of the NHL Draft. He is a veteran of over 350 professional games and currently plays for the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Cleveland.
Carson Meyer was selected in the 6th round of the NHL Draft by his hometown Columbus Blue Jackets in 2017. He signed his first NHL contract in 2021 and is currently suiting up with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters.
After a successful 4-year career at Michigan State, Jerad Rosburg signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Stars in 2019. He currently plays for the organization's AHL affiliate in Texas.
Thomas Nykopp's accomplished professional career includes over 300 games played, mostly with the storied HIFK in Finland's top league (Liiga). He played in the Champions League on 5 different occassions.
A total of 12 alumni have had the honor of representing their country having won a combined 13 medals (7 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) in international play. In 2013, Connor Murphy and Sean Kuraly (pictured above) helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championship. Four years later, Jack Roslovic followed suit as he helped Team USA capture gold in a dramatic shootout win over Canada.
The program has also proven to have a great relationship with the National Team Development Program over the years. While Murphy and Roslovic are both full-time graduates of the program, six others have received NTDP call-ups while playing for the AAA Blue Jackets (Sean Kuraly, Henry Dill, Kiefer Sherwood, Haydn Gould, Will Elger and Nathan McBrayer). In addition, former Director of Player Development & Advancement Jimmy Mullin was hired as an assistant coach with Team USA in 2021.
Connor Murphy served as captain of Team USA at the 2017 World Championships. He leads all program alumni with 5 international medals.
Sean Kuraly's international resume includes a gold (2013 WJC), silver (2010 Hlinka) and bronze (2011 World Jr. A Challenge) where he led the tournament in scoring.
Roslovic has won 4 international gold medals (20U & 18U Worlds, World Hockey Challenge and 4 Nations). He was a Top 3 player at the 2015 18U Worlds.
Connor Murphy scored the OT winning goal to give USA gold at the 2011 18U Worlds.
Cole Cassels was named to Team USA's final camp roster for the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Thomas Nykopp recorded 4 points in 6 games for Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship.
Carson Meyer won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.
More than 150 alumni have played college hockey, with over 40 at both the Division I and Division III levels.
Justin Richards has had the most decorated college career of any OBJ alumnus. In three seasons at Minnesota-Duluth, Richards was a key part of two National Championship teams and an NCHC playoff championship. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2019 and was a 2-time recipient of the NCHC's Best Defensive Forward Award.
The AAA Blue Jackets have a rich history of producing leaders at the next level. In the 2020-21 season alone, four Division I programs featured an OBJ alumnus wearing the "C". All three Division I programs in Ohio (Bowling Green, Miami and Ohio State) have had a member of our program serve as their captain.
Miami's "Knights of Columbus"
In 2015-16, an all-OBJ alumni line formed at Miami University. The Kiefer Sherwood-Sean Kuraly-Jack Roslovic line was dubbed the "Knights of Columbus". They first appeared together on October 16, 2016 in a game at Ohio State. Miami won the game 3-2 with Sherwood scoring a 3rd period goal and Roslovic scoring the game-winner with 1:33 remaining. The trio would combine for 27 goals and 67 points in 36 games that season. All three would go on to play in the NHL.
Sean Kuraly helped lead Miami to the 2013 CCHA regular season championship and 2015 NCHC playoff championship. In 2016, he was named the NCHC's Best Defensive Forward.
On October 26, 2015, Jack Roslovic scored the game-winning goal in a game at Ohio State. He was named to the NCHC's All-Rookie team and signed with the Winnipeg Jets after the season.
Charlie Gerard tallied 70 career points with Minnesota State and won 3-straight WCHA regular season championships and a playoff championship with the Mavericks.
Jerad Rosburg was a 2nd Team All-B1G selection in 2019-20 and MSU's Outstanding Defensive Player in 2018-19. He also won the B1G Distinguished Scholar Award as a senior.
Izzy Heminger became the first alumna in program history to play Women's Division I college hockey in 2018-19 when she laced up the skates at Penn State. Heminger currently ranks third on the Nittany Lions all-time scoring list among defenders and was been named to the All-CHA 2nd team in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. She recorded 44 goals and 85 points and was a 2-time captain as a AAA Blue Jacket from 2014-18.
Eric Dop has won more than 50 career Division I games. From 2017-21, he posted a 45-27-7 record, 2.22 GAA and .914 save percentage at Bowling Green and helped lead the Falcons to the 2019 NCAA Tournament. He is currently manning the crease at Boston College as a graduate transfer.
Chase Gresock was a member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2018-19 with Merrimack. In three seasons with the Warriors, he was a 2-time captain and tallied 26 goals and 54 points. He is now playing as a graduate transfer at Miami University.
Austin Pooley and Carson Meyer won a B1G championship together at Ohio State in 2018-19.
Alex Barber has been a go-to scorer for Bowling Green. He led the T1EHL in assists in 2016-17.
Greg Lewis won 36 games with a 2.52 GAA & .908 save percentage as a 4-year starter at Clarkson University from 2012-16.
Henry Dill played at UMass after posting a .926 save percentage and 2.26 GAA with the Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) in 2013-14.
Austin Park currently plays for the Air Force Academy. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team in 2020-21.
Mitchell Perrault played at Harvard from 2017-21 after 118 USHL games with Omaha & Sioux Falls.
Clark Cristofoli played at Ohio State from 2011-15 after a successful career with Sioux Falls (USHL).
Ayo Adeniye is currently playing for #1 ranked Adrian (DIII) after one season at Alabama-Huntsville (DI).
200+ alumni have made the jump to junior hockey after playing with the AAA Blue Jackets
Cole Cassels has had perhaps the most accomplished junior hockey career of any member of our program. In 2011, Cassels was selected in the 1st round (No. 16 overall) by the Oshawa Generals in the OHL Priority Selection and 3rd round (No. 45 overall) by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL Futures Draft.
He would go on to play 4 years in Oshawa, tallying 208 points in 243 career games. In 2014-15, Cassels shutdown Connor McDavid and led the Generals to both the OHL championship and the CHL's prestigious Memorial Cup. He also participated in the CHL's Top Prospects game in 2012-13.
Cassels was able to hold Connor McDavid in check during the 2014-15 playoffs.
Cassels boasted a 30-51-81 scoring line in 54 games during the 2014-15 season.
Kiefer Sherwood tallied 90 career points and won an Anderson Cup with Youngstown (USHL) in 2014-15.
Carson Meyer scored 32 goals and 51 points and helped Tri-City (USHL) win a Clark Cup in 2015-16.
Kole Sherwood won an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup with the London Knights in 2015-16.
OSU commit Nathan McBrayer (Muskegon - USHL) was named an all-star at the 2021 USA National Development Camp.
J.C. Campagna was a 1st round choice of the Chicago Steel in the 2009 Future's Draft. He recorded 112 points in the OHL and QMJHL.
Grant Valentine won an OBJ program record 49 games in 2014-15. He played 79 for Wilkes-Barre (NAHL) from 2015-17.
Off Ice Success
Playing in our program is much bigger than just hockey. The life skills and character traits that the game teaches you have a major impact on every aspect of a person's life. Our alumni continue to excel and achieve success even after their playing days are over.
MacLean with client Sean Kuraly after his 1st NHL game.
Clark is currently a certified agent with the NHLPA and has been advising families and representing clients with Achieve Sports Management (ASM) since retiring from professional hockey in 2013. Clark assists in NHL contract negotiations, player marketing and endorsement opportunities, and player development.
After earning his degree in business and playing Division I hockey at Niagara, Clark played professionally in Europe with EC Dornbirn (Austria) and Lindensberg (Sweden). He also played junior hockey with the Cleveland Barons (NAHL) and Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (USHL).
Trio of Alumni Start Smoked On High BBQ
Max McGarity opened Smoked On High BBQ in 2017 after successfully turning his food truck, Buckeye Back Ribs, into a brick-and-mortar location just south of downtown Columbus in German Village. He also brought some fellow alumni on board to help him along the way. Danny Greiner helps with the business operations and Adam Maloon is part owner, operator and serves as pit boss.
Kris Threlkeld was the first captain in AAA Blue Jackets history. He went on to become captain at Fitchburg State (DIII) and is now a state trooper in Rutland, MA.
Blake Edwards is a 2015 graduate and captain at Tufts University (DIII). He now lives in London, England and is an Associate at J.P. Morgan.
Joey Parizek was the student body president at Miami University. He is now works for Huber Equity Group and is an assistant coach for our 16U team.
Drew Kariofiles is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University (DIII) earning a degree in finance. He served as captain of the 18U team, Topeka RoadRunners (NAHL) and JWU. Drew and was named JWU male scholar-athlete of the year and earned the NAHL Academic Achievement Award in junior hockey. Drew continues to give back to the community, both on and off the ice, and is currently the head coach for Xavier University (ACHA). He currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a Wealth Associate at UBS.
Max DeCoursey graduated cum laude from Ohio State with a degree in air transportation and now works as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.