Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another ex-Pat goes Pro


Photo: Western Hockey League website.

Ryan McDonald has signed with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.

The blurb on Elmira's website:

Center Ryan McDonald joins the club having led Prince Albert of the WHL in goals
in the 2008-2009 season with 37. His 63 points last year were a four point
improvement from his 2007-2008 campaign with Prince Albert. A Saskatchewan
native, McDonald also laced up in one playoff game last season with the Rocky
Mountain Rage of the CHL, his lone professional start. Martinson said, "Ryan is
a good young player with a great scoring touch. We are counting on him to score
some big goals."

Link from P.A. Daily Herald

Ryan McDonald Signs with Elmira (ECHL)

PRINCE ALBERT
HERALD STAFF
The Prince Albert Daily Herald

The Prince Albert Raiders are pleased to announce that Prince Albert Minor Hockey Association product forward Ryan McDonald has signed an East Coast Hockey League contract with the Elmira (New York) Jackals.
“This is one of the steps I want to take to further my hockey career and I want to thank many people for their help along the way,” said McDonald in a press release.
“The Raider coaching staff — past and present — my teammates, everyone in the organization,
the fans and most of all my family and friends have helped me to achieve this goal.
“Being from PA, growing up here, playing hockey here most of my whole life was incredible.”
The Raiders acquired McDonald from the Regina Pats on Dec. 7, 2006, allowing him to finish his Western Hockey League career with his hometown Raiders. In his final 2 1/2 seasons of Major Junior eligibility, McDonald appeared in 183 games with 82 goals, 80 assists and 274 minutes in
penalties.
In 2007-08 he tied for the team scoring title with 59 points, then in 08-09 finished second on the team with 63 points.
“We are very pleased for Ryan,” said Raider general manager and head coach Bruno Campese.
“He has worked extremely hard over the past year to turn pro and we are very excited for him.”

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