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Ryan Snowden Commits to Ohio State

12/20/2017, 2:00pm CST
By Ben Gislason, Des Moines Buccaneers

Both Des Moines goaltenders now committed to Division 1 programs.

Photo by Hickling Images

Des Moines Buccaneers goaltender Ryan Snowden announced his commitment to play college hockey at Ohio State University earlier today.


“I am excited to announce I have committed to play hockey at The Ohio State University," Snowden tweeted earlier today. “Thank you to everyone who played a role in making this possible. #Buckeyes”


Snowden is the second Bucs’ goaltender now committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey, as Jake Kucharski is committed to Providence College.


Snowden has won three starts so far this season and is coming off a win last weekend against the Lincoln Stars.


“We're happy for Ryan, he has come to this league and has gotten the opportunity to start some games,” Buccaneers assistant coach Nate Weossner said. "Ohio State is a great school, the fact they confide in him to be a future goaltender there speaks volumes of Ryan.”


A native of Oxford, PA, Snowden is in his first season with Des Moines. He was selected by the Buccaneers in the fifth round, 80th overall during the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft. Prior to his time in the USHL, he played for the Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL), New Oxford High (USHS), Team Comcast (AYHL) and Philadelphia Little Flyers (NAPHL).


With his announcement, Snowden becomes the 14th player to have played for the Buccaneers this season to commit to play college hockey.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, 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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