Three D’Youville Hockey Players Selected for All Star Game

Buffalo, New York – January 04, 2012 – Three D’Youville hockey players have been selected to represent the college in this year’s College Hockey East All Star Game on January 7 at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

The D’Youville players, Nate Wiles, center, Justin LaRusch, forward and Ray Struzi, defense, are all local individuals. (Wiles is on vacation in Hawaii and unable to play.)

The D’Youville Men’s Hockey Team is a club program established in the spring of 2010 by students who played hockey prior to attending the private college. The team operates as an independent hockey club competing in Division III. They play a 20 plus game schedule with home games held at Bud Bakewell Arena located at Riverside Park.

This is the first time the College Hockey East and College Hockey Association will come together for the league’s annual All Star Game.

College Hockey East operates two Division III collegiate club sports leagues comprised of colleges and universities from western Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

D’Youville is a member of the College Hockey Association and currently have a 10 - 3 record so far this season.

“Since this is our first season in the CHA, the selection of three players from the college is very significant in that longer tenured teams in the league had only a single player selected,” said Head Hockey Coach Edward Draper.

Draper was selected as one of the assistant coaches for the All Star Game.

LaRusch is a Bishop Timon St. Jude High School graduate majoring in occupational therapy, Struzik graduated from West Seneca East and is majoring in biology and Wiles is a St. Joseph Collegiate Institute graduate majoring in Exercise and Sports Studies

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Contact: Ed Draper at 829-7836

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