TORONTO- The women's hockey program is proud to announce two Barrie Junior players to its 2012-13 recruiting class. Hometown native and forward Michelle Evagelou and Nova Scotia goaltender Brianna Tremblay have both committed to the Rams and will join the team in its second season this upcoming fall.

Evagelou of Birchmount Park C.I. has earned a 2009-10 Midget ‘A' provincial silver medal and was a finalist for collegiate athlete of the year in 2010.

She plays her club hockey with Barrie in the PWHL, and will be enrolling in the economics and finance program at Ryerson.

"I chose Ryerson because I felt that it was the best fit for me," said Evagelou. "The combination of exceptional coaching and a strong academic reputation were a large part of my decision. I feel that I have a great opportunity to come in and make a difference right away and be part of the building process towards a national championship."

"(Michelle) has some lightning quick agility, a terrific release on her shot, some great offensive skills, and she plays a very tenacious style," said Head Coach Lisa Jordan. "I've seen her win some puck battles against opponents that she has no business winning, simply because of her grit and resilience. I see those two intangibles as ‘must haves' on our young team. She is a proven success in both her academics and athletics and I know she's the type of student-athlete ambassador Ryerson will be proud of."

Tremblay was twice named Nova Scotia's top goaltender while capturing provincial championships in two straight seasons (2005-2007). A teammate of Evagelou's with Barrie, the Ottawa native who grew up on the east coast will be studying early childhood education at Ryerson.

"The prospect of joining a brand new team in the beginning stages of working towards a CIS championship was a very intriguing piece to me and getting to do it in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens was just a bonus on the side," said Tremblay. "Having grown up in Nova Scotia I was familiar with Lisa Jordan's previous success behind the bench. It was a very exciting time to be presented with an offer from such a knowledgeable coach who I believe with no doubt will make my four years at Ryerson a great success."

"As for an academic stand point I chose Ryerson because of the high quality of academic success in students. To me it was about finding the right team to play hockey for but more importantly to find a school which had my preferred program and also had a high expectation level for their students. Not only do I hope to have four years of great experiences on the ice I also want to graduate as a member of Ryerson and make a successful job out of my studies in early childhood care."

"I've watched Brianna play several times this season and what stands out for me is the battle level that she brings to the game," said Jordan. "She has solid technical and puck skills, but she also has a great mental approach to the game. She seems to love the challenge of being the underdog, ready to stand tall against the toughest of opponents. That approach suits our young team very well."