College hockey news is tough to come by during the summer. Thankfully, you can always count on a recruit to make an announcement during these trying months for hockey writers.
Proud to announce my commitment to play D1 college hockey at Penn State University. Thank you to all who have supported me along the way!— Ryan Kirwan (@ryan44kirwan) August 2, 2017
The 15-year-old is slated to join Penn State for the 2020-21 season, becoming the fifth recruit of that class.
Our friends at SB Nation College Hockey gave a glowing report of Kirwan following the 2016 USHL Fall Classic.
2. Ryan Kirwan, #44 Syracuse Nationals, 2/27/02, Shoots Left - He has pro written all over him. Not only is he talented, but he competes hard and gets in the dirty areas to distribute pucks to open linemates. A few of his assists were from below his own goal line. His vision was exceptional and he has a quick stick. His older brother Luke plays in the OHL with the Flint Firebirds.
Kirwan posted eight points in nine games at the World Selects Invitational and seems to have the talent to be an offensive force for the Nittany Lions. Already standing 6-foot-1, he will need to bulk up from his current weight of 154 pounds.
But with three seasons between now and his first step onto the ice at Pegula Ice Arena, he has plenty of time to get stronger.