There’s a great story on the website of the North American Tier III Hockey League about Lapeer West student Ryan Running, an up-and-coming goalie for the Flint Junior Generals.
Running hopes his time with the Junior Generals will prepare for a potential career playing college hockey.
Running made an impression, apparently, on the team’s management last season (he was only 15 at the time) and is now poised to become a valuable part of the organization.
The team brass was sold on Running’s ability in goal that he was invited to skate and practice with the team throughout last season and then at the team’s tryout camp this past summer, Running signed on the dotted line.“I guess I left a good impression last year,” said Running, a 16-year-old from Lapeer. “I talked to a lot of the players from last year’s team and they had nothing but great things to say, mostly about the ownership. Gale and Kelly Cronk really do a great job in providing an atmosphere that makes it fun to play and move players on to the next level.
Last month, we profiled another student-athlete who followed a similar path. Robert Tadazak, a 2008 Lapeer East graduate, played for the Junior Generals and is now between the pipes for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.