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Buccaneers Goaltender Commits to Northeastern University

03/28/2014, 12:00pm CDT
By bwerger

Des Moines Buccaneers goaltender Ryan Ruck has committed to play college hockey at Northeastern University following his USHL career.

Ruck has posted a 12-13-3 record with a 3.01 goals-against-average and .918 save percentage this season for the Buccaneers.  His save percentage currently ranks fifth amongst all League goaltenders and his three shootout wins are tied for third.  He earned his first USHL career victory when he made 28 saves in the 6-2 win over the Tri-City Storm on October 18th, 2013.  He then turned in one of the best performances in the League this season when stopped 53 shots in the 3-2 win against Tri-City on December 6th.  Five times this season he has made at least 40 saves in a game, winning four of those contests.  The 19-year-old from Coto de Caza, California posted his first USHL shutout on February 8th, 2014 when he turned aside all 28 shots by the Fargo Force during a 7-0 victory. 

Ruck is joined by Buccaneers teammate Josh Couturier who is also committed to Northeastern.  Five other current USHL players will attend the school; Daniel Willett (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Garret Cockerill (Sioux City Musketeers), Chad Duchesne (Sioux Falls Stampede), Nick Hutchison (Tri-City Storm), and Nolan Stevens (Team USA).

Northeastern University is a member of Hockey East and had 15 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Matt Benning (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Mike Gunn (Youngstown/Chicago), Adam Reid (Team USA), Zach Aston-Reese (Lincoln/Des Moines), Kevin Roy(Lincoln Stars), Ryan Belonger (Youngstown/Green Bay), John Stevens (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Mike Szmatula (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Tanner Pond(Green Bay/Sioux City/Cedar Rapids), Colton Saucerman (Lincoln/Dubuque/Des Moines), Will Messa (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Clay Witt (Sioux Falls Stampede), Dax Lauwers (Lincoln Stars), Jake Schechter (Omaha Lancers), and Torin Snyderman (Tri-City Storm).

USHL stats – Ryan Ruck


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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