Ohio State posted their women's hockey roster for the 2015-2016 season on Friday, and to the surprise of women's hockey followers, it did not contain the name of the team's top incoming freshman Jincy Dunne.
2015 U18 World Championships gold medalist/Best Defenseman Jincy Dunne is not on Ohio State's 2015-16 roster: http://t.co/wUBdT53C5r— At Even Strength (@atevenstrength) September 19, 2015
Though she was edged out in preseason WCHA rookie of the year voting by Minnesota's Sarah Potomak, Dunne is expected to be a star in women's college hockey this season. She first drew national attention in 2012 when she was among the final cuts for the US Women's Olympic team that won a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics as a 16-year-old, and playing for one of top boy's AAA programs in the country. She led the US women to a gold medal at the World U18 Championships this past January in Buffalo with a dramatic overtime game-winning goal to beat Canada. She's been called 'the next great American women's player,' by multiple respected sources.
So there was justifiably some panic when her name did not appear on the Buckeye roster. Had something happened? Would she not be playing for the Buckeyes this year?
Nicole Haase, who covers Wisconsin's women's hockey team at SBN's Wisconsin site got to the bottom of the story.:
According to the Ohio State SID, Jincy forgot to turn in a new player bio/info sheet he handed up. He used those to fill in the roster.— Nicole Haase (@NicoleHaase) September 19, 2015
So Jincy Dunne missing from the online roster is just the product of typical college freshman stuff and she'll be added shortly— Nicole Haase (@NicoleHaase) September 19, 2015
Sure enough, Dunne's name was added to the roster shortly after, though with most of her bio information still missing.