Cedar Rapids, IA: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Ryan McGrath has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell beginning in the fall of 2012.
McGrath was sixth on the team scoring with 42 points (18g, 24a) in 58 games during his first USHL season in 2010-11, helping the RoughRiders equal a team record with 42 victories and capture the Anderson Cup. Four of his goals were game-winners and the O'Fallon, Missouri native also posted a plus-15 rating.
UMass-Lowell is the alma mater of RoughRiders Head Coach Mark Carlson where he skated before returning to spend one season as assistant coach with the school.
"We look forward to Ryan contributing substantially to the RoughRiders this coming season. Ryan consistently improved his game last season and is poised to develop even more" said Mark Carlson, RoughRider Head Coach and General Manager.
The University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a member of Hockey East.
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