Fairbanks forward Gorowsky makes NCAA DI commitment
February 24, 2016
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Ryner Gorowsky has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bentley University in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA).
Gorowsky, 20, is in his second season playing in the NAHL for the Ice Dogs. The native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota is ranked 2nd both on the Ice Dogs and in the NAHL in scoring with 67 points in 46 games played. He was the runner-up for the NAHL Forward of the Month award in December.
Gorowsky is coming off of playing for the NAHL Selects team at last week’s 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, where he had a goal and an assist for the Selects, who went 2-0 at the event.
Gorowsky was contacted by the coaching staff of Bentley, one of 11 teams in Atlantic Hockey, following the event last Thursday.
“The coaches were really easy to talk to; they were honest the whole time,” Gorowsky, a right wing, said by cellphone Tuesday. “It (Bentley) has a good business school, and it’s a good opportunity for me to go in and play my freshman year. So that was very intriguing.”
Gorowsky also drew interest from fellow D-I programs Merrimack College and Sacred Heart. Linemate and Ice Dogs left wing Logan Coomes recently committed to Merrimack, of North Andover, Massachusetts, and Sacred Heart, of Fairfield, Connecticut, also plays in Atlantic Hockey.
Gorowsky said Bentley was his “best option.”
“They didn’t beat around the bush,” the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Gorowsky said of the Bentley coaches. “They told me the truth, not what I wanted to hear.”
He’s also been told by his brother, Hans, a former Ice Dogs center, of what to expect in Division I hockey. Hans is in his freshman season with the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
“He said the speed of the game is a lot faster,” said Ryner Gorowsky, who plans to major in business management at Bentley. “They’re easy to play with, they understand the game well and they know where you’re going to be at,” Gorowsky said of his linemates (story contribution by Danny Martin, News-Miner).