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Johnstown forward Vellucci makes NCAA commitment

June 8, 2023

The Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that captain and Top Prospects forward Ryan Vellucci has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Adrian College.

Vellucci, 20, is headed to the home of the four-time NCAA Division III National Champions, Adrian Bulldogs. Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian College Hockey is known as a top-tier Division III program with multiple appearances at the NCAA Division III Frozen Four.

“We are extremely proud of Ryan for his commitment to Adrian,” said Johnstown Tomahawks Head Coach, Mike Letizia. “He was a very strong member of our organization for the last two seasons as well as a few games as an affiliate player in 2020-2021. He made tremendous strides as a player here leading him to being our captain this past year. He was a selfless player that took pride in all areas of the game contributing to our team in multiple ways. Additionally, his work off the ice was second to none as he was outstanding whenever he visited different entities in the Johnstown community as a part of the Tomahawks. We are going to miss him in Johnstown but wish him nothing but the best as he moves into the next phase of his life at Adrian.”

The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Northville, Michigan, dressed in 124 career regular season games for the Johnstown Tomahawks since becoming an affiliate player during the 2021-22 season.

Vellucci accounted for 16 goals and 30 assists, 46 points during his time in Johnstown. The forward was also selected for the 2023 NAHL Top Prospect tournament. 

“I’m excited to announce that I have committed to Adrian College next year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to further my hockey and academic career at Adrian,” said Vellucci. I want to thank the Johnstown Tomahawks organization, Coach Letizia, and my teammates for an incredible two years. Good luck to the guys next year!”

Prior to his tenure with the Tomahawks, Vellucci spent time with Victory Honda 18U AAA as well as Little Caesars 18U AAA. The captain also appeared in the Johnstown Tomahawks Robertson Cup Playoff campaign in 2022 where he had an assist.

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