Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Flyers’ Ferrill off to Holy Cross

Press Release

The Flyers are proud to announce that assistant captain Ryan Ferrill has committed to play Division I hockey for the College of the Holy Cross Crusaders beginning in the fall of 2014.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Havertown, Pa. native announced his decision on Saturday, becoming the fifth player on the current roster to have committed to a Division I school.

Ferrill, 20, has been an offensive force all season for the Flyers, collecting eight goals and five assists in 17 games, including a team high four power play goals.

“Ryan is a true power forward,” said Flyers head coach Jared Beach. He drives the net, gets in the dirty areas of the ice, and protects the puck really well. His attention to detail is impressive, and he thinks the game at a very high level.”

Holy Cross, which was founded in 1843 and has a student body of 2,900, is located in Worcester, Mass., less than an hour from downtown Boston by car.

“I have always wanted to go up there [to New England], Ferrill said. “It’s a great school, great program. I look forward to going up and getting school going and everything.”

The college’s hockey program has been around since 1966, and since then they have had more than 40 players go on to play professional hockey. They also have made appearances in the NCAA West Regional semifinals twice, in 2004 and 2006, winning the latter and earning a trip to the finals against North Dakota.

Ferrill played for the New Hampshire Monarchs in the EJHL the past two seasons, which included winning the league championship in 2012, and prior to that was a key contributor to the Team Comcast 18U team that earned a berth in USA Hockey’s 2011 National Championships.

“Being on the ice three or four days a week and getting in the gym three days a week has helped me get better as a player and will transfer to next year and the four years after that.”

Ferrill’s teammates and coaches have no doubt that his skill and work ethic will bring him great success with Holy Cross next season and for years to come.

“I think he is going to be an impact guy,” Beach said. “He is a very versatile player, he does all the little things well and he is going to continue that at Division I. He trains very hard over the summer, and anytime there is something he needs to work on in his game he spends the extra time. He shows up early he stays late. He is very dedicated and wants to be the best he can be. Holy Cross is getting a top player, and a great kid.”

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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