Northeastern has received a verbal commitment from ’96-born, left shot defenseman Ryan Solomon, currently playing for the Aston Rebels in the North American Hockey League. Solomon stands at 6 feet, one inch tall, weighs in at 181 pounds, and currently has a line of 6 goals and 10 assists in 30 games for the Rebels, exceeding his production from last season in 18 fewer games. He hails from Murray, Utah and will enroll in the Fall of 2017.
In a press release from the Rebels, Solomon was quoted as saying the following:
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend and play hockey at such a prestigious school like Northeastern. I fell in love with the culture of the campus and the city, and I cannot picture a better fit for the next four years”
In the same press release, Solomon’s coach called him “the epitome of the Aston Rebels,” and praised his work ethic and determination. By the sound of things, the Huskies are getting a competitor who will be able to push the pace both in games and in practice.
If Solomon stays at Northeastern all four years that he is eligible to play, he will be a member of the graduating class of 2021. He is the 8th defenseman now in the Northeastern pipeline, but projecting when these defenseman will arrive is a bit of a challenge. Solomon will obviously be enrolling in 2017, which will make him the 9th defenseman on the roster barring any early departures. Northeastern also has 3 ’98 birth year defensemen who could hypothetically enroll in 2017, but the numbers game does not adhere to that possibility. There is the chance that Northeastern is expecting a player to leave school early, as they knew Josh Manson would do in 2014, or potentially transfer, and they are being proactive for that departure. Again, pure speculation on our part.
Congratulations to Ryan, and welcome to the Northeastern family! You can follow him on Twitter at @Solly_8, and follow us for all Huskies news @NUHockeyBlog. As always, Go Huskies!
To view our Northeastern Hockey roster projection, including Ryan Solomon next year, click here.