Burr, O'Brien Announce College Commitments

May 18, 2016

JOHNSTOWN— The Johnstown Tomahawks announced Wednesday that defensemen Ryan Burr and forward Kelly O'Brien will advance their careers in NCAA Division III hockey.

Burr committed to the University of New England, which is located in Biddeford, Maine. In his first season with the Tomahawks, Burr collected a career-high 10 goals and added 14 assists in 49 games played.


"Ryan was a big part of our team this year," Tomahawks head coach, Mike Letizia, said. "He was rock solid on defense and provide boosts to our offensive game in many different ways. He added veteran leadership to our team and was someone we relied on day in and day out."

The Nor'Easters compete in the New England Hockey Conference, formerly the ECAC East.

"He should have loads of success in the next phase of his career," Letizia said.

O'Brien announced his commitment to play for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

"Kelly gave our team a boost his season especially offensively as he had his best season to date," Letizia said. "I think his best hockey is still in front of him as he has so many tools to offer."

The Pointers are a part of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

"He should go on to a successful collegiate career and I am proud of him for finding a solid program to continue his path," Letizia said.

O'Brien earned career highs in goals (15), assists (20) and points (35) during the 2015-16 season. The Southgate, Mich., native played 53 games for the Tomahawks.

Additionally, he suited up for the Keystone Ice Miners and the Minnesota Magicians in 2014-15.

Season ticket packages are now available for the 2016-17 season. For more information about full season or flex season plans, visit the team website at JohnstownTomahawks.com, stop by the Tomahawks office, or call the team at 814-536-GOAL.