Corpus Christi defenseman Love makes NCAA D1 commitment
November 26, 2019
The Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that co-captain and defenseman Tyler Love has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the Robert Morris University Colonials of Atlantic Hockey.
The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, is the longest-tenured IceRays player, originally debuting at the end of the 2017-18 season. In 85 regular season appearances, Love has recorded 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists).
During the current 2019-20 season, he has recorded three points in 25 games played.
Love, 19, played in the playoffs each of the past two seasons, was a part of the South Division team at the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, and was selected to and played for Team NAHL at the 2019 Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
“It’s very special to me to have the opportunity to play Division I hockey for RMU in my hometown,” said Love. “I started playing hockey in the Island Colonials House League and have so many great memories of playing in their home rink for most of my youth hockey. I have always been a fan of RMU hockey and I’m excited for a top-notch education as well.”
“I’m thrilled for Tyler to realize his dream to play Division I hockey, and so close to home as well,” said IceRays head coach and GM Al Rooney. “He’s done everything the right way on and off the ice, he’s been one of our most consistent and top players this season so he earned every bit of this.”
Love, a 5-10, 175-pound, right-shot defenseman is the seventh current IceRays player to commit to a Division I school, including fellow Robert Morris commits Ryan Coughlin and Tyler Orban. Love was named co-captain earlier this season and has been an integral part of the IceRays’ efforts in the Coastal Bend community. Last season, he played for then-IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers, who is now an assistant coach at RMU.