Signed, sealed, delivered. Town of Wheatfield native Ryan Kuhn is officially joining the Niagara University hockey program next season.
While Kuhn verbally committed to the Purple Eagles this past summer, he has signed his National Letter of Intent to confirm the commitment, a spokesman from university’s athletics department told the Gazette on Thursday.
Currently in his second season with the Buffalo Junior Sabres’ 20U (Junior A) squad, Kuhn is tied for the team’s scoring lead with 16 points, eight goals and eight assists in 23 games played to date.
Because his commitment is now in writing, Purple Eagles officials are allowed by NCAA rules to comment on their prospect.
“Ryan is a player that plays with high energy, passion and skill. What impresses me the most is that he brings those attributes all the time,” said Niagara head hockey coach Dave Burkholder. “He is another Western New York standout that will make Niagara University his home for the next four years. We’re excited to have another quality kid from a quality family.”
Kuhn will become the latest local native to join a Niagara roster that currently features Niagara Falls natives Pat Conte and Vince Muto, Grand Island’s Lawrence Smith, Buffalo’s Sam Alfieri and Lockport’s Chris Paulin.
Kuhn and his Jr. Sabres teammates travel to Pickering, Ontario for a game tonight against the Panthers and then host the St. Michael’s (Toronto) Buzzers next Tuesday at the HarborCenter in Buffalo.
The Purple Eagles hockey team, meanwhile, is off this weekend. Their next games are at home next Friday and Saturday against Army.