Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Toronto Lakeshore Patriots alternate captain James Ryan (photo credit - Brian Watts/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the College at Brockport Golden Eagles beginning with the 2012-13 SUNYAC season.

The 19-year old native of Richmond Hill, Ontario becomes the fifth Patriot to committ to the an NCAA program this year and certainly won't be the last with a few other players still deciding. After playing one game for the then Upper Canada Patriots in 2009-10, Ryan joined the club full-time last season and tasted instant success as a rookie, recording 20 goals and 42 points to finish fourth on the club in scoring. Entering this season as one of the club's leaders, his goal total would drop slightly (16), but he improved his overall play, notching 49 points in 49 regular season games played and has continued the strong effort into the Patriots playoff run thus far.

"James is a fantastic young man and a very talented hockey player," commmented Patriots Head Coach Mike Tarantino. "I'm thrilled that he has attained his goal of playing hockey in the NCAA while earning a degree. James will definitely be an offensive asset to Brockport's program and I expect him to contribute right from his freshman year," added Tarantino.

Brockport is an NCAA Division III school of approximately 8,500 students that is located just outside Rochester, New York. Their arena seats 1,800 and is about a two and a half hour drive from Toronto. They are coached by Brian Dickinson and assisted by Phil Roe, Nick Unger, and Chuck Dossier. Currently there are nine Canadian-born players on their roster, and of those, eight are OJHL graduates.