“I’m very excited to have Ryan join our Rush family,” said Steve McKirdy, Charlotte Rush owner. “This last week has been a difficult one. There were many applicants for this coaching position that we reviewed and discussed. We felt Ryan’s professionalism, philosophy and approach to the game at the Junior level best exemplifies the principals and the mission that the Charlotte Rush ownership stands for.”
Ryan Cruthers attended West Point Military Academy from 2003-2005. During these years Cruthers served as a cadet as well as a player on the Army Division I Men’s Hockey Team. Cruthers then went on to Robert Morris University where he was a captain for the RMU Division I hockey team. It was during these years where he was selected for Player of the Year by Collage Hockey America. Cruthers graduated from Robert Morrison in 2008 with a B.A. in Sports Management Business. After graduation, Cruthers went on to play on multiple AHL teams including Albany River Rats, Lake Erie Monsters, Norfolk Admirals, Hershey Bears, and Manitoba Moose. In 2014 Cruthers acted as Player Assistant Coach for the Reading Royals Hockey Club where he recruited players from the NCAA and free agents from the AHL and ECHL.
“I want to thank Jocelyn Langlois, Lincoln Flagg and Steve McKirdy for this amazing opportunity,” says new head coach Ryan Cruthers. “I am looking forward to working with some great hockey players and helping them advance in their careers. Having played Junior Hockey, Division 1 college hockey and lastly at the Professional level I know what these players will need to do to further themselves in hockey. Being located in a city like Charlotte, with the facilities and staff that we have, I feel the Charlotte Rush will be an organization Junior Hockey players will want to play for. I look forward to helping our players achieve their goals on and off the ice, while developing a winning culture here in Charlotte.
Ryan Cruthers hopes his diligence, teamwork, leadership, and experience can aid in the success of the Charlotte Rush Junior Hockey team.