By Harrison Schwarz, Staff Writer
Miami University hockey legacy Ryan Savage announced his commitment to the RedHawks Jan. 31 via Twitter. Savage is the son of former Miami Hobey Baker finalist and NHL veteran Brian Savage.
"Proud to announce my commitment to Miami University hockey," a tweet from Ryan Savage's personal Twitter account read. "Thank you to all of the coaches and teammates who have helped me #brotherhood."
The 15-year-old Ryan Savage plays for the Red Bull U-18 team in Salzburg, Austria and has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in nine games this year. His first season with Miami will be the 2019-2020 season.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pounds Montreal native was drafted in the fourth round of the Western Hockey League bantam draft by the Everett Silvertips, though league analysts speculated he fell a couple rounds due to his NCAA connections.
A right-handed forward, Ryan Savage will represent Team USA in the 2016 Junior Olympics.
His father Brian Savage left his mark in Miami history when he played with the then-Redskins for three seasons (1990-1993).
In his final season with Miami, he led the conference with 37 goals, which is the second-most goals in a season in MU history. His 58 points during that season are the 10th-most in a season in Miami history and earned him a spot in the race for the Hobey Baker award, the prize annually given to the top NCAA hockey player. He was the first Miami player to be named a Hobey Baker finalist.
While at Miami, he also scored the fourth-most game-winning goals in a season (7), the second-most shorthanded goals in a season (4) and the ninth-most goals overall (66). He ranks 42nd all-time for most career points (109).
After Miami, Brian Savage played for the Canadian National Team for two years and represented Canada at the 1994 Olympics, where he earned a silver medal.
He played 11 seasons in the NHL, including nine with the Montreal Canadians. He totaled 192 goals and 167 assists in 674 games. He now works as an international recruiter for the Red Bull Hockey Academy, the program for which Ryan plays.