Northeast defenseman Bogan makes NCAA commitment
April 29, 2019
The Northeast Generals of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman Ryan Bogan has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at UMass-Boston.
Bogan joins former 2017-18 teammates Pat Harrington and Jeff Skinner with the Beacons.
Bogan, 20, just completed his second season in the NAHL with the Northeast Generals and his impact can’t be overstated. The Generals selected Bogan with their first pick in the NAHL Draft in 2017. The 6’0/189 lbs. native of Brick, New Jersey, was instrumental in helping turn the Generals franchise around into one that has made the playoffs two years in a row and also pushed the #1 seed to 5 games in the same two years.
This past season, Bogan recorded 12 points in 59 games played. Overall in his two-year career, he recorded 23 points in 110 career games played.
“Ryan’s impact for us has been huge. In a lot of ways he helped validate us both on and off the ice. He isn’t the flashiest player but he is very talented. He is a great shut down d man. One on one he is tremendous and we needed that last year. He also knew how to win coming from great programs with Christian Brothers Academy and the North Jersey Avalanche. And that winning attitude helped transform our locker room. And it helped transform our program. UMASS is getting a great player that will help them continue their winning tradition,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.
“Ryan was awesome for us. He was such a steady force for us on the blue line. He was hard to beat in the D zone, great on pucks and just a great kid. Couldn’t be happier that we get to watch him locally and that he is joining a program where we feel he will contribute right away,” said Head Coach Joe Lovell.
UMASS plays in the NEHC (New England Hockey Conference), which is one of the most competitive Conferences in NCAA D3 Hockey. Last season their finished ranked 12th in the nation.