Ryall Purdy is prepared to battle between the pipes as he continues his career as a member of the Waldorf University hockey team.
Purdy, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound goaltender from Houghton, Mich. who played for the Chicago Bulldogs in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) and Ironwood Yoopers in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) this past season, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors last Saturday.
“Ryall is a fundamentally-sound goaltender whose size makes him an imposing figure in the net,” Waldorf coach Brett Shelanski said. “He moves well laterally and has good economy of movement. He competes very hard on the puck and has the demeanor and the temperament of a successful goaltender at this level.”
A 2015 Houghton High School graduate, Purdy helped the Gremlins to a runner-up finish in the Division 3 state tournament during his senior season.
Following successful prep career, Purdy went on to play junior hockey the past two years. He spent the 2015-16 campaign playing in the NA3HL for the Glacier Nationals and Chicago Bulldogs. This past season, Purdy competed for the Bulldogs and also the Ironwood Yoopers in the USPHL.
Putting together a strong month of December during the 2016-17 season with the Bulldogs, Purdy garnered NA3HL Goaltender of the Month Honorable Mention recognition.
Suiting up for Ironwood this past season, Purdy helped the Yoopers turn in a 19-25 record. He collected 450 saves, notching one shutout while recording a .904 save percentage and a 3.97 goals against average (GAA). Purdy appeared in 19 games and played 725 minutes, 16 seconds in net.
With the chance to step onto the ice for Waldorf this upcoming season, Purdy is ready to further develop his skills throughout the course of his collegiate career.
“I am so excited to continue my hockey career at the college level,” Purdy said. “I hope to expand my knowledge and passion for the game and eventually make the step into professional hockey.”
Purdy is the son of Timothy and Lora Purdy. He’s currently undecided on his field of study, but said he chose to commit to the Warriors because of the chance to be part of a winning tradition while facing high-level competition and earning an education.
“I have always wanted to play college hockey,” Purdy said. “Waldorf gives me the opportunity to compete at a high level of hockey in a beautiful town and receive a degree at the same time.”
The fifth member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, Purdy joins former NA3HL goaltender Dominic Lamanno, an Oceanside, N.Y. native who played for the New England Stars this past season, along with three former Dells Ducks standouts – Patrick Freeman from Quincy, Mass.; Sean Teske from Reedsburg, Wis. and Jaydn Munnelly from Elk River, Minn.
Waldorf put together a strong showing during the 2016-17 campaign, recording its fifth straight season with at least 20 victories. The Warriors concluded the year with a 21-11-1 record, racking up nine wins over regionally-ranked opponents. During Waldorf’s final season in the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL), the Warriors posted a 9-3 conference record to earn the No. 2 seed in the NCHL Tournament and also punched their ticket to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II Central Region Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
Purdy will be expected to answer the call during his first season at Waldorf. He becomes a part of the program at an exciting time, giving the Warriors a boost at the goaltender position as they prepare to battle in the ACHA’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division during the 2017-18 season.
“We will be young at the position next season and Ryall has the ability to make a significant impact on our team immediately as a freshman,” Shelanski said. “He has a great deal of potential and our coaching staff is excited to begin working with him in the fall.”