Rams add Zach Shankar to blueline
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team announced the commitment of Zach Shankar to the program, named as the second defenceman of the 2018-19 recruiting class.
Shankar spent the last four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), splitting time between the North Bay Battalion, the Niagara IceDogs, and the Windsor Spitfires.
In 218 OHL games, the defenseman recorded nine goals and 54 assists.
“Zach is a player that we have sought after for a few years,” says Rams head coach Johnny Duco. “He brings a unique combination of skill and toughness to our blue line.”
Shankar was drafted in the fourth round (40th overall) by the North Bay Battalion in the 2013 OHL Entry Draft. He went on to play three seasons with the Battalion, named as an alternate captain in 2016. Shankar was traded to the Niagara IceDogs in the summer of 2017, and, after playing 24 games in Niagara, was sent to the Windsor Spitfires mid-season where he closed out his OHL career.
“Zach is a character young man that has demonstrated a willingness to compete and play a physical game during his time in the OHL,” continues Duco. “We look forward to watching Zach continue to develop both on and off the ice as he works towards meeting his academic and athletic goals.”
A native of Prescott, Ont., Shankar played his minor hockey with the Upper Canada Cyclones before joining the North Bay Trappers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) in the 2013-14 season.
Shankar joins Mark Shoemaker as one of several North Bay Batallion alumni to commit to the Rams in recent years, among the likes of Steve Harland (2015-2017), Matthew Santos (2012-2016), and Austin Kosack (2014-2015).
Shankar will enter Ryerson’s Business Management program in September.
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