Thursday, May 17, 2012 - Submitted by Adam Hayduk, Alberni Valley Bulldogs
PRESS RELEASE May 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that Ryan Lough has committed to the NCAA Division 1 hockey program of St. Lawrence University. The St. Lawrence University Saints play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference of the NCAA.
St. Lawrence University is named for the St. Lawrence River, which is about 15 miles from the campus. The university, founded in 1856, is located in Canton, New York, and offers diverse liberal arts programs. The university boasts of a student-faculty ration of 12:1.
“The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very excited for Ryan and his commitment to St. Lawrence University," said Alberni Valley Bulldogs Head Coach Kevin Willison. “As we all know, this is the ultimate goal for these young hockey players who play in the BCHL. To get to that next level takes dedication, commitment and a lot of hard work,” added Willison. “Ryan has shown those qualities over the last year and that has allowed him the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 hockey following his junior career. Congratulations to Ryan and his family for his commitment.”
Lough will compete against several BCHL alumni in the ECAC, including current Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Evan Tironese who recently committed to the RPI Engineers who play in the same conference.
“I'm very excited for the opportunity St. Lawrence University has provided, to live my dream of playing NCAA Division 1 hockey,” said Lough. “After playing so many years away from home, I am very lucky to be able to play at St. Lawrence University which is only an hour away. It's a great school with a great hockey program,” added Lough. “I would like to thank the entire Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization especially the coaching staff and Tom McEvay for helping provide this opportunity. I would also like to thank Notre Dame, my family for all their support, my billet family The Mesics for opening up their home, and the community of Port Alberni for the support everyone have shown me.” Lough closed by saying, “I look forward to playing here in Port Alberni and striving to win a championship with the Bulldogs before leaving to go on to St. Lawrence.”
Lough will be joining the St. Lawrence University Saints for the 2014/15 season.