TORONTO — Ahead of his first season as full-time head coach of the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team, Johnny Duco continues to add to his recruiting class, adding his sixth recruit, Kyle Tibbo.
A native of Conception Bay South, N.L., Tibbo joins the Rams via the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League, after spending three years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Moncton Wildcats and Victoriaville Tigres.
"Kyle is a terrific young man with excellent leadership qualities. He displayed this year that he has the ability to score goals at an elite level," said Duco. "We are very excited to add a quality person like Kyle to our program."
Tibbo is a proven champion, winning the Maritime Hockey League championship and Fred Page Cup in 2013. His Bearcats also won the championship last season, though this time Tibbo lifted the Kent Cup as Truro's captain.
"I consider myself an athlete that gives it my all with each opportunity. I strive to be the best both on and off the ice, and consider myself a quiet leader," Tibbo described. "I do what's best for not only myself to succeed, but also my teammates."
The 2017 MHL Player of the year takes pride in his leadership and what he can bring off the ice as well. Those qualities helped earn him the Bearcat Scholarship in 2013 as well as last year's Character Player of the Year.
In last season's championship run, the right-winger kept the timekeepers busy, recording 109 points (56 goals and 53 assists) during the regular season and playoffs—the most in the MHL.
"I chose Ryerson because they offer a great business program, along with having a successful hockey team with a bright future," Tibbo added. "Ryerson has top-notch facilities to help succeed as a student and as an athlete. Toronto is a beautiful city with lots of entertainment as well."
An honour roll student all four years of secondary school at the Cobequid Educational Centre, Tibbo will be studying Business at Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Management in September.