The Brooks Bandits announce that 20 year old alumni Forward Riley Simpson has committed to play for Red Deer College. The “Kings” will begin play this season in the ACAC after a number of years without a Men’s Hockey program. Head Coach Trevor Keeper will be tasked with rebuilding the program from the ground floor.
Riley played for the Bandits from 2009-2011 before accepting a scholarship to Ohio State University where he spent the last two seasons playing for the “Buckeyes”. With the Bandits he was one of the AJHL’s top scorers during the 2010-2011 season scoring 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points.
In his first season at Ohio State he was limited to 2 games as an injury kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season. In his second year he played in 34 games scoring 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points. He was a key center for the Buckeyes and had a penalty killing role as well.
Head Coach/GM Ryan Papaioannou, “Riley is returning home to focus on his academics while still playing hockey. With the Kings being so close to Riley’s hometown of Innisfail this was a natural fit for him. We were fortunate to have him spend some time at our training camp in late August getting in shape for the season with RDC. We wish Riley and his new team the best this coming season.”