Not many BCHL players draw the attention of an ESPN personality upon their announcement of a commitment to college but when Langley Rivermen forward Ryan Barrow let it be known on Twitter that he had signed with Dartmouth, he drew a response from John Buccigross.
The significance remains unclear but several of Barrow’s Langley teammates liked it all the same. And for good reason. Barrow will play Ivy League hockey starting next season in the NCAA’s Div. I ECAC Hockey conference that includes Quinnipiac, Union, Yale, Harvard, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Colgate and RPI.
Buccigross, it should be noted, is ESPN’s resident hockey fanatic, doing play-by-play of college and pro games for the network as well as marketing his own line of Bucci Overtime Challenge apparel.
Barrow, for his part, has fashioned six goals and 14 assists as a BCHL rookie. He has a scorer’s pedigree, having been a 60-point producer each of the last two seasons playing sport school and high school hockey in Alberta.
Langley has produced a good deal of Dartmouth-bound talent since joining the BCHL in 2011-12. Former Rivermen netminder Jim Kruger is now a senior with the Big Green while last year’s Rivermen captain Kevan Kilistoff is currently a freshman. Other BCHL grads on the Dartmouth roster are Connor Dempsey, Karan Toor and Carl Hesler.