Photo by Keith Hershmiller

WHL's Aaron Hyman to suit up for Rams in September

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team announced Tuesday the addition of defender Aaron Hyman to the team’s 2019-20 recruiting class.

Hyman, a Calgary, AB. native, is set to join the Rams after playing four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Hyman spent most of his last WHL season playing for the Tri-City Americans, a junior team based out of Kennewick, Washington.

Last season, the defender totaled 10 goals and 40 assists in 68 games. 

“We are extremely excited to add Aaron to our program,” says Rams head coach Johnny Duco. “He brings a wealth of championship experience to our program and has the tools to be an impact player in our league. We look forward to helping Aaron reach both his academic and athletic goals during his tenure here at Ryerson.” 

A 2017 WHL champion with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Hyman says the Rams’ championship philosophy was a major selling point for him.

“I chose to attend Ryerson because of how competitive and determined this program is to win a championship and develop its players during that process,” says Hyman. 

Looking back, Hyman’s WHL career began in 2013. He was drafted 49th overall by the Calgary Hitmen in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and went on to play three games for the team that season. In 2014-15, Hyman split time between his Calgary Flames Midget AAA team and the Hitmen yet again. 

He eventually made the jump to full-time WHL defender in the 2015-16 season, playing 38 regular-season games for his hometown Hitmen. He was traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds midway through the 2016-17 season where he would go on to win a WHL championship. Through 20 playoff games with the Thunderbirds, Hyman totaled one goal and six assists. 

Another mid-season trade the following year sent Hyman to the Regina Pats, hosts of the 2018 Memorial Cup. After falling out of WHL playoff contention, the Pats would make a stunning Memorial Cup run but ended up falling just short of the trophy. Hyman played all five games for the Pats during their championship run. 

In 2018-19, Hyman put up 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) across 25 games with the Pats before finding himself at the center of yet another trade. He was sent to the Tri-City Americans to wrap up his WHL career, totaling 26 points in 45 regular-season contests with his new team.

All in all, Hyman appeared in 235 regular-season WHL games, contributing 16 goals and 67 assists for a total of 83 points. 

Hyman signed a Standard Player Contract with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings near the tail end of last season, going on to play two regular season and two playoff games for the team. 

The defender is set to enter the university’s Business Management program in the fall, noting that “the academic support [at Ryerson] is outstanding.” 

Hyman becomes the second player to join Ryerson men’s hockey’s 2019-20 recruiting class. Stay up-to-date on all recruiting announcements by checking back to our website or following us on Twitter, @RyersonRams

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