The saying "better late than never" fits this scenario perfectly. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers Junior Hockey team is proud to announce that its co-captain Ryan Badger has committed to play for UMass-Amherst hockey team next season.
Badger, who finished the season as the team's second-highest scorer, served as a leader on and off the ice for this year's Flyers squad. His success helped spur the Flyers to their best season in the organization's short history, ending the year as runners-up in the United States Premier Hockey League.
Ryan Badger finished the 2014-2015 campaign as the Flyers leading assist getter with 41. His unselfish play and incredible ability to create chances for his teammates was a major factor in the Flyers potent scoring attack. In addition to his 41 assists, Badger added an outstanding 23 goals. His 64 points were good enough to land him in the league's top ten point-getters this season.
Badger's impeccable regular season was only rivaled by his primetime playoff performance. All postseason Badger served as the team's go-to-guy, leading the team in playoff points with 9 in just six games.
His biggest point of the season came late in the night, following 90-plus minutes of hockey between your Flyers and the visiting Islanders Hockey Club in the USPHL Semifinals. Ryan Badger who has made a USPHL career off always being in the right place at the right time, placed himself perfectly yet again in the second overtime of Game 1 of the team's Semifinals series. Forward Ron Greco found Badger open for a game-winning power play goal, which is arguably the greatest moment in Philadelphia Flyers Junior Hockey history.
UMass-Amherst has brought on more than just a talented hockey player in the likes of Ryan Badger and the Flyers organization wishes him the best of luck in the next step of his career.
18U Award winners
Most Valuable Player: Johnny DeRoche (Junior Bruins)
Offensive Player of the Year: Alex Limoges (Selects Academy)
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Peeke (Selects Academy)
Goaltender of the Year: Josh Boyko (Selects Academy)
Coach of the Year: Chris Masters (Junior Bruins)
16U Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: David Farrance (Syracuse Stars)
Offensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Bendorf (Team Comcast)
Defensive Player of the Year: David Farrance (Syracuse Stars)
Goaltender of the Year: Mikhail Denisov (Junior Bruins)
Coach of the Year: David Tretowicz (Syracuse Stars)