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Stephen Halliday Commits to Ohio State

By Jordan Kuhns, 10/07/21, 4:00PM CDT

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Top-tier Fighting Saint to join Buckeyes next season

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Stephen Halliday has committed to Ohio State University. The former first overall pick by the Central Illinois Flying Aces in 2018, and one of the top scorers in new Dubuque Fighting Saints history, is the third Saint to make a college commitment since the beginning of the season.

Halliday, 19, is in the midst of his fourth junior season. He sits two points behind Quinn Preston for 12th in new Fighting Saints scoring. In 156 games in the USHL, Halliday has scored 122 points (35 goals, 88 assists). Last season, he finished second in team scoring with 48 points. His 38 assists ranked tied for fourth-most in the league during the 2020–21 season.

Halliday, on his commitment: Ohio State was the best fit for me with all of their coaches and amenities. It was the best of both worlds with hockey and academics. Me and Mark Cheremeta are good friends, and he’s one of the people who showed me around, and Reilly Herbst, who played here before, drove me around the area. They were able to answer questions I had.

GM Kalle Larsson: Stephen has been detailed and diligent in his process selecting a school. We are thrilled he found a great fit with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are getting an extremely intelligent player who loves the game of hockey.

Head coach Greg Brown: We are very happy for Stephen on his commitment to OSU. He has worked very hard both in his summer training and during our first month of the season. Those efforts were on display at the Fall Classic and led Stephen to this commitment very early in our season. 

Ohio State made the NCAA Tournament in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and won a Big Ten regular season championship in 2019, all under head coach Steve Rohlik. The Buckeyes have some Dubuque flavor in their ranks, with Preston, who is an alternate captain this season, Cheremeta, Herbst, and assistant coach JB Bittner.

Halliday has succeeded both on and off the ice. He was named to the USHL All-Academic team in 2020, continuing a tradition of excellence in the classroom in Dubuque. He came up through the Toronto Marlboros AAA program in the prestigious GTHL, en route to the USHL, where he has remained a threatening player throughout his tenure.