Ring to join Marian University in 2018-19

Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Troy Ring has committed to the Marian University Sabres for the 2018-19 season.

Ring played three seasons in the BCHL, two with Trail and one with the Langley Rivermen, finishing with 64 points in 138 career games. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Vancouver was named the Smoke Eaters captain this year and led the team to the league semifinals after getting past the West Kelowna Warriors in the first round and the regular-season champion Penticton Vees in round two.

“These past two seasons playing for the Trail Smoke Eaters have been an incredible experience for me,” said Ring in a release on the team’s website. “I’ve had the opportunity to represent the team and the community as the captain in one of the most successful seasons in franchise history and for that, I am very proud.”

Marian University is located in Fond du Lac, Wisc. and is part of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Assocation (NCHA) in the NCAA’s Division III.

The Sabres finished the 2017-18 season in second place in the North Division with a record of 12-6-0 and lost in the semifinals of the NCHA playoffs against the eventual national-champion St. Norbert College Green Knights.

Marian’s 2017-18 roster featured former Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Hunter Stewart as the only BCHL grad on the team. Ring will be accompanied by fellow Smoke Eater Blaine Caton at Marian for next season.