Club men’s ice hockey president called up to Quinnipiac's Division I team

November 15, 2023

Ryan Solomon skates on the ice.

Since he was a child, Ryan Solomon ’25, has always loved ice hockey — and after looking up to and cheering on many Quinnipiac goaltenders throughout his life, he was inspired to play as a Bobcat.

As the youngest of six kids who attended Quinnipiac, Solomon has always felt the drive to succeed inspiring him to join the club ice hockey team his first year as a student.

“I have enjoyed the ride every step of the way,” said Solomon.

His coaches, Dave Brennan and Ben Tufts, have guided him and his team to compete well. At the end of Solomon’s sophomore year, he was elected president.

Now, after dedicating himself to the club team, he has earned the opportunity to play for the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey Division I team. He was called up to the team after a few injuries impacted the team, presenting him with a unique opportunity.

“Skating with these guys and wearing this logo every day is an honor and a privilege,” said Solomon. “I’m extremely grateful to Coach Pecknold for giving me this opportunity to compete with the defending national champions. I’m striving to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

He is focused on growing as a player and working to strengthen the team, by staying after practices and setting aside extra time to help his teammates. Solomon encourages prospective players to never take an opportunity for granted and that hard work produces successful results.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches who helped make my childhood dream a reality,” said Solomon. “A special shoutout to my five siblings who have shown me endless support at every step in the journey and to my incredible parents who have made countless sacrifices for me along the way, including many early mornings and late nights. Through the many ups and downs, none of this would have been possible without them. I have incredible gratitude for everyone who has helped me on this road."

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