RJ Reed Commits to SAIT

The Brooks Bandits are proud to announce that 21 year old Forward RJ Reed has committed to play at SAIT, beginning in the Fall of 2013.  Located in Calgary, AB the “Trojans” play in the ACAC under long-time Head Coach Ken Babey.  The upcoming season will mark the 27th year for Babey as Head Coach of the program.

RJ is from Millet, AB where he grew up playing minor hockey for the local association.  He joined the Bandits in 2009 and played four season for the hockey club.  RJ is a two-time AJHL Champion and also boasts an RBC Cup National Championship.  During his time in Brooks he has become one of the all time fan favourites due to his charismatic play and offensive prowess.  RJ was recognized at this year’s Western Canada Cup with a selection to the Tournament All-Star Team.

RJ is the most experienced playoff performer for the Bandits having played a franchise record 65 post season games including the AJHL Playoffs, Doyle Cup, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup.  In those 65 contests, Reed scored 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points.

Head Coach/GM Ryan Papaioannou, “We have seen a tremendous amount of improvement in RJ on and off the ice over the past four seasons.  His ability on the ice has never been questioned and he has shown plenty of character battling through injuries during his entire junior career.  He always played his best hockey on the biggest stages and this years playoff run exemplified how he plays in big games.  SAIT is getting a great personality and I couldn’t be happier for RJ’s academic future.”

The Bandits Organization would like to congratulate RJ and his Family on his athletic and academic future.

RJ is the ninth Bandit committed to post secondary hockey joining;

·       Patrick Lee (University of Massachusetts)

·       Anthony Paskaruk (Clarkson)

·       Corey Scammon (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

·       Anthony Petruzzelli (University of Vermont)

·       Chris Muscoby (University of Vermont)

·       Maddison Smiley (University of Massachusetts)

·       Tanner Hicks (Manhattenville)

·       Dakota Mason (Plattsburgh State)