For Colorado Springs’ Mitchell, move to NCDC’s Bulls chance to play high-level junior hockey
Ryan Mitchell has plans to play NCAA Division I college hockey.
And the Colorado Springs native is banking on the USPHL NCDC’s Pueblo Bulls helping to realize his dream.
Last month, Mitchell signed with the Bulls, staying in the same state where he played AAA hockey with the Colorado Rampage, Colorado Springs Tigers, and Colorado Thunderbirds.
“As most people, know being a goalie is a mentally tough position, so I have a mental coach, Pete Fry, out of British Columbia,” said Mitchell. “I’ve worked with Pete many years. Pete played with the Pueblo goalie coach, Marty Wakelyn, back in the day and recommended me. They liked what they saw in the prospect camp and signed me.
“I love Colorado and it’s opportunity for sports. I was very impressed by the Pueblo Bulls team culture and fan base. I’m very excited to stay home and compete at a high level.”
Growing up, Mitchell started playing rec hockey in Woodland Park and in addition to his AAA teams, also played travel hockey for the Pikes Peak Catamounts.
“During COVID, I trained intensely at my home ice rink, and then made the Colorado Thunderbirds where I played for the last three years,” Mitchell said. “The coach that had the biggest impact on me would be Cam Clemenson, my 15O and 16U head coach. He was a goalie himself and helped me refine my game and make me a better goalie.”
Looking ahead with goals in mind, Mitchell is focused on planning for the future that starts with a successful 2023-24 season in Pueblo.
“I plan to go to college and study business as my major,” said Mitchell. “I believe playing hockey during college would make me focused and disciplined. My goals for hockey are NCAA college hockey, and then take it to the pro level. I also plan to work hard this next season and learn all I can from my coaches to move up next year. My career goal is to become an entrepreneur.”
— Matt Mackinder
(July 3, 2023)