Dubuque Fighting Saints affiliate Ryan Beck announced his commitment to the University of Denver late Sunday night. Beck is the first Fighting Saints player to commit since the season concluded this past Wednesday for Dubuque. Beck was not with the team for most of the season but finished the regular season and the playoffs with the Saints.
“I’d like to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their help getting me to this point,” Beck said. “It really means everything to me, and it shows that everything is paying off. I’m very excited for what the future holds.”
Beck is the first Fighting Saint to commit to Denver since Cole Guttman, who was on the squad last season but missed a large amount of time with injury. Beck registered nine games in the regular season with Dubuque and one in the playoffs.
“Ryan finished the remaining two months of the season with us and showed that he really wants to be a Fighting Saint,” said head coach Oliver David. “We’re excited to have him for the next two/three seasons. It’s no surprise after seeing him on the ice day in and day out that Denver felt the need to commit him prior to the start of his first USHL season. He is an outstanding playmaker and he has a skill set that will be very exciting for our fans over the next few years.”
Before joining the Saints this season, Beck split time with the Belle Tire U-16 team, where he had 39 points in 24 games, and the Belle Tire U-18 team, where he had one point in 11 games.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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