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RJ Umberger chosen for Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

Forward remains in top 10 in goals, assists and points in Blue Jackets history

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

There aren't many people who have spent more time playing hockey for the home teams in Columbus than RJ Umberger.

Now, the former Ohio State hockey player and Blue Jackets alum is being honored for it.

Thursday, Ohio State athletics announced Umberger as one of 10 members of its 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame class, which will enshrine the Pittsburgh native among the all-time Buckeye greats when induction ceremonies take place in September.

Umberger spent three years (2001-03) at Ohio State, earning second-team All-America honors as a junior and finishing his career with 58 goals and 71 assists for 129 points in 112 games. His 1.15 points per game is second among all Buckeyes to play at least 50 games since 1990. 

He was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2008 and spent the next six seasons with the team, posting a 120-130-250 line in 445 games in Columbus. A hard-nosed forward with skill, Umberger had at least 20 goals each of his first four seasons with the Jackets and was on the first two playoff teams in Blue Jackets history. He remains fourth all-time in Blue Jackets annals in goals, fifth in points and eighth in assists.

Other notable members of the OSU hall of fame class include Canadian Olympic hockey player Natalie Spooner, football stars A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent, and former basketball coaches Thad Matta and Jim Foster.

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