Bozeman Icedog captain, Ryan Erickson has committed to play hockey next season for the Finlandia Lions, in Hancock Michigan. Finlandia is a NCAA Division III school that plays in the National Collegiate Hockey Association. Icedog Coach Mark Vichorek spoke about Ryan and his ability and opprtunity to play college hockey at the D III level. "Ryan has worked very hard for the last three years as a junior player to earn this opportunity. He has been a great leader for us and has worked very hard on his skills to be able to play at a high level in college. I think it is great for Ryan and his family to have been a part of the Icedog family and now move on for another four years of quality education and playinng the sport he loves."
Ryan has played the last two seasons for the Bozeman Icedogs under Coach Vichorek. Ryan was initially recruited by Vichorek to play for the Central Wisconsin Saints in the MnJHL, which he did. After one season and Coach Vichorek coming to the Icedogs, Erickson thought it best to follow his coach. Ryan had this to say about his coach and the Icedogs: "Playing for Coach Vichorek these past three years has been an amazing ride. I knew after my first year with coach he would be able to help me get to the next level and he has helped me achieve one of my goals. Coach told me if I worked my tail off for him he would do the same for me and he has. When Coach called me and said he was heading west to coach the Icedogs in Bozeman, Montana I couldn't wait to have that opportunity to continue my career with Coach in an extemely beautiful place."
Ryan had 100 points in his Junior career and Coach Dane Litke is hoping for Ryan to bring his grit and game to Finlandia. Coach Litke said this of Ryan and his play. "Coach Vichorek told me of Ryan and his ability along the boards and in front of the net and I was sold after seeing that ability in some of his games. I am building my team around veteran players and quality people and Ryan certainly fits that mold very nicely."
Congratulation to Ryan and continued success in your career.