Calgary, AB – The Calgary Mustangs are proud to announce that forward Ryan Stoynich has committed to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Cardinals of the NCAA Division III's Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Stoynich, who turned 20 just a week ago, made the Mustangs directly out of training camp in 2015 as a fresh-faced 17-year old after spending his 2014-15 season playing for the CNHA Blazers Midget AA team. In 48 games played this season, Ryan scored 8 goals and assisted on 6 others, to go along with 31 minutes in penalties. He also made his playoffs debut, adding 2 PIMs in three playoff games. Stoynich was the recipient of the Mustangs' Most Inspirational Player award in 2017-18.
"Saint Mary's is a small school and I automatically felt a part of their family when I went for my visit," replies Ryan when asked about his thoughts on moving on to Saint Mary's. "It's a good opportunity to step into a hockey program that is highly supported by the school and university community while studying a degree I am passionate in."
"I'm going to miss the group of guys with the Mustangs and hanging out with them every day."
"[I'm] very excited for Ryan, it always makes me happy to see good people be rewarded," adds Mustangs Head Coach and GM Tyler Drader. "Ryan put in three good years with our organization and always gave 100% effort. We wish him all the best."
Stoynich is the second player to commit to a post secondary institution, joining Ryley Smith as graduating Mustangs who have commited directly out of the Mustangs organization. In 151 career AJHL games over a span of 3 seasons, Ryan has recorded 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in addition to 130 penalty minutes. A native of Calgary and a product of the Northstars Minor Hockey Association, Ryan will join the Cardinals program beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
We will miss Ryan's contributions on and off the ice and wish him the best of luck as he begins his postsecondary studies with Saint Mary's.