On Wednesday, October 7th, the Reading Royals announced the signing of rookie goaltender Ryan Ruck to a standard ECHL contract. His deal with Reading marks the netminder’s first professional contract. Ruck is the second goaltender to sign with Reading for the upcoming season.
The Coto de Caza, CA native stands at six-foot-one and weighs in at 179 pounds. He played two seasons between 2013 and 2015 for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. The goalie earned a .918 save percentage his first season in the USHL and a .903 save percentage during his second season – playing a total of 68 games in the league.
Ruck began his collegiate hockey career during the 2015-16 season with Northeastern University. He backstopped the team for 86 games before transferring to Colorado College in the fall of 2019. During the 2019-20 season, the goalie played ten games for Colorado – recording a 3.48 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
“It was essential for us to sign another young netminder that can stop the puck and we feel like we are getting a good one in Ryan. We are looking forward to having him arrive in town and demonstrate his ability to win games.” said Kirk MacDonald, Head Coach of the Reading Royals. Ryan Ruck will be joined in the crease by fellow rookie goaltender Luke Peressini who was signed to the team for the upcoming season back in August.