OXFORD, Ohio – While this season is well underway, Miami head hockey coach Enrico Blasi announced a pair of signings on Wednesday.
Defenseman Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill./USANTDP (USHL)) and forward Ryan Siroky (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)) both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the RedHawks for the 2014-15 season.
“We are very excited to sign Louie and Ryan to NLI’s,” coach Blasi said. “Both of these young men have been committed to Miami for several years now and we have already grown very close to them. They are both tremendous kids with a passion for Miami and there is no doubt that they embody everything that the Brotherhood represents. They should both have significant impacts both on and off of the ice, and should fit in quite well with what we hope is a large group of returning players. We can’t wait to have them on campus next season.”
Biographical information on the newest RedHawks is listed below.
Juniors: Member of the USA U18 National Team … dished out three assists in six games during the U17 World Championships a year ago … participated in the USA Hockey Top Prospects game in Pittsburgh in October started the year … started the year with four points (2g, 2a) while going +5 in his first seven games … competed in the Four Nations Tournament in Turku, Finland the week before signing.
Coach Blasi on Belpedio: “Louie is a very humble kid with great character. He is one of the elite defenseman in his age group and has shown tremendous growth over the past few seasons. He is a very smart player with great feet and really good puck skills. He will add a lot of poise to our blue line.”
Manhattan Beach, Calif./Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Juniors: Serving as assistant captain with the Green Bay Gamblers … prior to joining USHL, was captain of his midget team (Los Angeles Jr. Kings), where he put up 80 points (35g, 45a) in 73 games … scored 12 goals in first full season at Green Bay.
Coach Blasi on Siroky: “Ryan is an extremely caring and infectious person. He is a tough competitor on the ice. He plays a power forward role and has good hands and a knack to score goals. When he is on his game, he is a responsible player that is tough to play against and creates his offense by finishing checks and getting to the front of the net. He will add a good combination of size, grit and skill to our group of forwards.”