Aston, Pa - The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League, are proud to announce Captain Ryan Houle’s college commitment to further his education and hockey career at Southern New Hampshire University. Houle, a 6-foot 190-pound 2000 birth year defenseman from Drummondville, Quebec, Canada played two seasons for the Philadelphia Little Flyers. As a rookie during the 2019-20 season, Houle appeared in 46 total games for the Little Flyers, scoring six goals and adding 11 assists while being a steady force on the blue line.
“As an organization we are very excited for Ryan and his commitment to Southern New Hampshire. Over the past two seasons, he developed and improved on the ice and in the weight room, but Ryan Houle the leader and captain meant so much to our success last season. Having a younger team, he is a lead by example guy, one that would run through a wall at 100 miles per hour if you asked him to, he left it all out there on the ice for us and I couldn’t have asked for anything else out of him over the past two seasons. I’m excited to see him play alongside Ryan Clear for the next four seasons at Southern New Hampshire” said Little Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron.
“Where to begin? First off, I want to thank my parents and family, the sacrifices they have made for me, to finally get to college hockey. It would not have been near possible without their constant support and help. All my former coaches that pushed and help me reach my goals, keeping in touch and still helping me to this day. Thank you to my Head Coach with the Little Flyers, Mark Catron, for giving me my two best years of hockey yet, letting me prove myself on and off the ice, gaining confidence as a player and person. Thank you to Anthony Lorusso for helping with absolutely everything over the past two seasons. To my teammates, thank you all for helping me to better myself, and thank you to the entire Philadelphia Little Flyers Organization. I’m very excited to arrive on campus and Southern New Hampshire, thank you to Head Coach Sean Walsh and the whole Penmen program for welcoming me into SNHU so late into the start of the year. In other words a big THANK YOU to everyone!" said Houle earlier this week after making his commitment official.
Houle, the Captain of the 2020-21 Philadelphia Little Flyers, was an iron man, playing in 44 total games during the season. In those 44 games, Houle scored two goals and added six assists. After a 3-9 start to the season, behind the leadership of Houle, the Little Flyers gained momentum as the season continued, eventually earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Southern New Hampshire Penmen are members of the Northeast 10 conference under the leadership of Head Coach Sean Walsh. On behalf of the entire Little Flyers Organization we would like to congratulate Ryan and his family on the NCAA Commitment to Southern New Hampshire University and thank him for everything he did while in a Philadelphia Little Flyers jersey!