The Alpena IceDiggers have announced that third-year forward Ryan Timar has committed to the Air Force Academy (Atlantic Hockey) for next season.
Timar, from Novi, Mich., has five goals for seven points through 11 games this season. He tallied 11 goals for 37 points in 53 regular-season games in 2008-09.
“(Air Force head coach) Frank Serratore and myself agreed that this is a great opportunity for Ryan and the perfect fit,” said IceDiggers head coach Jack Fritsche. “I think he'll make an immediate impact on the Air Force in a lot of ways. He has the commitment and discipline to shine and contribute when he walks through the door.”
Timar, who turns 20 next month, is the seventh current NAHL player to commit to Air Force, which has qualified for the NCAA tournament the past three seasons.
“Ryan has had an amazing impact on the (IceDiggers) organization,” Fritsche added. “He's a leader by example; through good times and bad, he's been a positive influence on his teammates, not to mention the coaching staff.
“He has an amazing work ethic and dedication to not only the success of the team, but to his day-to-day performance as a person. No matter what Ryan chooses to do in life, we're going to see great things from him.”