The Nanaimo Clippers have announced that they have acquired the playing rights to 2000 born forward Liam Ryan from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for future considerations.
Ryan, who played in 22 games for the Surrey Eagles in the 2018-2019 season, had five goals and four assists for nine points. Before heading to Surrey Eagles, Ryan played part of two years in the WHL for the Prince George Cougars after being drafted in the 7th round in the 2015 WHL bantam draft.
At a younger age, Ryan played with the Burnaby Winter Club including at the famous Pee Wee Québec Tournament. He was a point a game player in the BC Major Midget League and made the U16 Team BC Program. Wes Mussio, owner of the Clippers noted: “Liam was a must-have player for our program as he had tremendous success while I was at the Burnaby Winter Club and I was much impressed with his skill level not to mention his effort. Throughout the time I have scouted Liam, he has been progressing so I am confident he will be a top-end BCHL player this year. He comes from a family of hockey pedigree as well which is always helpful.”
Darren Naylor, the Clippers’ Head Coach, is similarly impressed with Ryan’s potential: “Ryan is a big forward that makes players around him better. We have been trying to secure his rights for some time and are very excited to have Liam join the team.”
Ryan is expected to join the Clippers when Main Camp opens August 19 in Nanaimo.