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    After spending most of the 2021-22 season with the Utah Grizzlies, scoring 12 goals and distributing 12 assists in 57 games, former Liberty University ACHA Division I men’s hockey forward Quinn Ryan signed a contract in September with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders in Worcester, Mass., for the 2022-23 season.

    The Branchville, N.J., native totaled 235 points (88G, 147A) in 147 games over five seasons at Liberty from 2016-21 and led the team in scoring with 18 points (9G, 9A) in 13 games while helping to lead the Flames to the 2021 ACHA Final Four for only the second time in program history.

    Ryan came in as a 15-member class of freshmen in 2017 and went on to elevate the program each year that he was on the team.

    “The first time I saw the place, it was awesome (and it was the) best choice of my life to date,” Ryan said of attending Liberty. “We had a really big incoming class … and we naturally bonded all together because the majority of the team were new guys, so it was a really special first year and a lot of us got to make an immediate impact and try to leave the program better than we found it.”

    Club Sports Director of Sports Performance Chris Kerr, who has worked with Ryan since Day 1 and even through this past summer, knew he had professional potential from his freshman season.

    “Right away, you knew Quinn was special,” Kerr said. “When he was on, he was just on. He would make these crazy plays out of nowhere, get on ESPN. He was just special and the best part was as he progressed in his career, the work ethic just picked up more and more and more.”

    “On the ice, Quinn was a stud,” Flames senior defenseman Colin Baird added. “Just learning from him and getting to be around him every day made me better and I think that’s a sign of a great player.”

    Flames Head Coach Kirk Handy said Ryan impacted the program with his work ethic and example as a Christ-follower who makes a difference in the world around him.

    “For me, the part of Quinn that I always admire and love the most is what he stands for,” he said. “Quinn has used hockey and his faith as a great way to impact the world. As much as he did on the ice, he’s even done more off the ice for our program and our culture here at Liberty.”

    Baird and his teammates are cheering Ryan on as he advances through the ECHL ranks.

    “We love watching him and we feel that we get to be a part of his journey,” Baird said. “I love the way that he honors God with his talent by pursuing his career and working hard and I know that he is a light to those guys on his team. To see him go out and do that in a harder place than it is here, even, it inspires me to share with guys and be honest with them. I think what we have here is really special, and I’m so pumped for him that he gets to do that at a really high level.”

    The Railers are off to a 3-0 start in their fifth season in Worcester after sweeping the Adirondack (N.Y.) Thunder last weekend in front of crowds better than 7,000 and 4,000 at the DCU Center and defeating Trois-Rivieres Lions on Wednesday night in Quebec, Canada. They will travel to Adirondack for a two-game series this weekend.

    Video by Patrick Strawn/Club Sports Director of Video & Media