Bright future for Kincardine hockey player

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Sports

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

Ryker Killins is about to start his final season playing hockey for the Division 1 Ferris State Bulldogs. During his first year they had a great play-off run and made it to the top eight in the country. The last couple years they were defeated in the first round of play-offs. Ryker is excited about this year as they have only lost six seniors and he thinks they have a strong rookie class.

 

Ryker was born in WaWa and played hockey there until he was 10 years old. He then started playing AAA in Sault Saint Marie till he was 13. When he was 14, he moved to Kincardine where he played AAA for the Huron Perth Lakers. He was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires in the 12th round in his minor midget year. When he was 16 and 17, he played Junior B in Stratford were won the Rookie of the Year in his first year. In his second year, he received a scholarship from Ferris State University. They wanted him to play better hockey for a year so he went to Muskegon for a part season and finished that season playing for the Carlton Place Canadians where they lost in the RBC Cup final.

 

This summer he has stayed in Grand Rapids at school to train for this coming season. There camp has already started this week. He spent a few weeks this summer working with Boston Bruins skating coach at Western Michigan. There were five other NHLers at that camp.

 

One of the rookies Ryker is excited about is a goalie imported from Finland. Ryker would like to play pro hockey in the U.S. after he graduates. After that he would like to play in Europe. A lot of his ex-teammates are playing in the American Hockey League and Europe.

 

Ryker was also a member of the KDSS high school hockey team that won OFSSA in 2012. He moved here to Kincardine as his mom Katherine and his step dad Ken Harrison got jobs at Bruce Power. His step brother Matt played for the midget rep team and high school team last year. His dad Scott lives in Sault Saint Marie.