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Notre Dame signed a pair of defenseman in the late signing period last week -- Ben Ostlie from Edina, Minn. and Luke Ripley from from Kitamit, British Columbia.
Ostlie is a stay-at-home defensman who played for the same high school program (Edina) as former Irish captain Anders Lee and current centerman Steve Fogarty. Ripley (6-4, 195) spent the past year on a Canadian juniors team in the BCHL. He is listed as the 86th best prospect in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Irish coach Jeff Jackson on Ostlie:
"Ben is a solid all-around defenseman who will provide depth while adding maturity to the roster after playing two years in the USHL after graduation to our blue line. He is a high character kid with excellent leadership capabilities.”
Jackson on Ripley: "Luke’s combination of size and skating ability make him a very attractive addition to our roster and as a pro prospect. We are excited to add a player of his caliber to our blue line. He is a willing, tough competitor who will add strength to his frame to become a dominant player at the collegiate level.”
In JJ we trust
For my money the very best ND hockey player of all time was the late Bill Nyrop. Bill was also from Edina, Minn (ND class of '74)
Later Nyrop starred for a Montreal Canadian team that won the Stanley Cup
Nyrop even walked on the football team at QB for the Irish and played well enough to challenge for the starting QB job in the spring of 71 (when the Irish were looking to replace Theismann).
In 1969, then HS Senior Nyrop led his Edina teams to State Championships in both football and hockey.
This post was edited by ronbliey 10 months ago
Great bit of history. Thanks ronbliey
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