ASU Hockey Team Adds Three New Recruits

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The ASU hockey team has acquired three more new recruits in the form of two forwards and a defenseman.

Just when coach Greg Powers and the Sun Devils thought their recruiting class was written in stone, some of their earliest recruited athletes made a late commitment.

One was 20-year-old forward Ryan Ostertag. The 6-foot, 180-pound Saskatchewan native provides Powers with even more talent up front.

“It is an honor to be put into such an elite group that has achieved a tremendous amount of success in the past,” Ostertag said of becoming a Sun Devil. “I hope that I can carry on the winning tradition with the entire team and try to be a positive impact for the Sun Devils.”

ASU Logo5After four years in the SJHL, Ostertag had his career best this past season with the Weyburn Red Wings, scoring 22 goals along with 22 assists through 41 games.

“(Ryan) is a big body who can really get up and down the ice and score the puck,” Powers said. “He had a monster year in Weyburn that really put him on the map in the SJHL as a top player in that league.”

Ostertag is overjoyed at his new experience in Tempe at ASU.

“All in all, I am so excited for the experience that lies ahead, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone that is a part of the ASU Sun Devil hockey organization,” he said.

“He has a chance to be a very high-level player for us,” Powers said.

Someone else he should be excited to meet is Ostertag’s fellow commitment and new teammate, Sean Murphy.

While only standing at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Murphy uses it to his advantage with his agility and quick hands.

Like several of the recruits, Murphy pointed to coach Powers having a big influence on his decision to attend ASU.

“Coach Powers had a big influence on my final decision to attend Arizona State.  He helped me understand how competitive ASU hockey is, how professionally the program is run, and also the exciting school life that goes with it,” Murphy said. “With ASU, I get the best of both worlds.”

Powers thinks just as highly of his new recruit, stating the sky is the limit for Murphy as a Sun Devil.

“Sean brings an overall approach to the game that will, in my opinion, allow him to be a super star at our level,” Powers said. “He has a motor that never stops, an incredibly high skill level, vision and is known to be a tremendous teammate in the locker room.”

As if to say playing in one league wasn’t enough to slow his motor, Murphy has played in two different leagues for two years straight.

In 2012-13, Murphy played in 17 USHL games and 28 NAHL games, combining for 19 goals and 21 assists.

“My decision to play in the USHL was an easy one because I always wanted to play at the top level of hockey possible. It was a great experience and I learned a lot and met a lot of good friends along the way,” he said. “The NAHL was also a great league to play in, and it helped me gain a lot of confidence on the ice and off it as well.”

Last but certainly not least is the Sun Devils third defensive recruit, Jarrod Levos.

The Chandler native comes in with two years under his belt with the Phoenix Knights and feels he can contribute right away.

“I won’t be able to replace some top defenseman like Brian Parson, but I feel like I will be able to step in and have an immediate impact because I have played high-tempo hockey my whole life,” Levos said. “So I feel I will fit in with the type of play that is to come next season and do good things for the team and the program.”

Powers wasn’t expecting Levos to commit to ASU Hockey, but is overjoyed that he did.

“He was voted MVP of his Jr. A team for the second year in a row where he logged a ton of minutes on the blue line every game,” Powers said. “The kid can absolutely shoot the puck out of a cannon and plays with a certain kind of moxie we look for in our guys here at ASU.”

With these last three commits, Powers finishes the offseason with 14 new Sun Devils after losing seven seniors.

“I am confident now that every forward, defenseman and goalie that we brought in with this class not only has the ability to help us win immediately, but can learn from our incredible veteran core of guys like Colin Hekle, Kale Dolinski, Danny McAuliffe, Brian McGinty, etc.,” Powers said.

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