Umberger to help coach at Ohio State

Locked out by the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger is returning to his alma mater to help coach the Ohio State men’s hockey team.

The three-year letterwinner with the Buckeyes, who has spent the last four of his seven NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be a volunteer assistant to coach Mark Osiecki.

A former Academic All-Big Ten choice, Umberger continued to work toward his degree after turning pro and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in the spring of 2011.

Umberger, a Pittsburgh native, has 143 goals and 171 assists in his 551 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Blue Jackets. He’s the first ex-Ohio State player to play with the Blue Jackets.