Powell River Kings are proud to announce Luke Ripley has committed to
the University of Notre Dame and will play for the Fighting Irish.
native of Kitimat, B.C., the 6-foot-4 blueliner has made great strides
since joining the green and gold at the beginning of the season and
thrived under pressure for Canada West at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge
in Yarmouth, N.S. earlier this month.
Kings head coach and general manager Kent Lewis is proud of Ripley.
staff at Notre Dame did a great job scouting Luke," he said. "They know
they’re getting a strong defenseman who is going to continue to
develop. We know Luke has made great strides since becoming a King and
has proven that he is a big guy who can compete.
"His role with
the team will continue to get heavier and heavier with each game as he
continues to develop into a real leader. We’re very proud of him.”
Ripley says he chose the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for a number of reasons.
know it’s a great school with a really strong hockey program," said the
18-year-old. "Since I’ve joined the Kings, I have improved a lot. I
know I have a long ways to go, but I know that Notre Dame will be a
great place to continue developing my skills.”
Luke hopes to pursue a degree in engineering while attending Notre Dame.
in South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame enjoys a stellar reputation for
their athletic and academic programs. The hockey team currently sits in
second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association but will
be joining the Hockey East Conference for the 2013-14 season.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)