On this week's show Rick Johnston talks with swimming and diving head coach Mickey Wender. Hockey goalies Ryan Leets and Rob Tadazak are featured, along with the Army wrestling team.
One of seven seniors on the team ... one of three players from Michigan ... one of 10 players from the North American Hockey League ... has appeared in 42 career games with 39 starts ... 3.30 goals against average and .899 save percentage ... eight career wins ... will serve as an alternate captain.
2011-12: Appeared in 26 games ... 3.50 goals against average and .889 save percentage ... recorded four wins ... 12 games of 30 or more saves ... season-high 41 saves in 2-2 overtime tie at RIT ... made 36 saves in each playoff game against Holy Cross ... turned award 39 shots in 3-3 overtime draw with AIC ... credited with 34 saves against Bentley ... recorded first win of the season against Sacred Heart with 23 stops ... made 29 saves in non-conference victory over Rensselaer ... earned win against Bentley with 21 saves ... picked up fourth win against UConn after making 13 saves ... named Atlantic Hockey Association Student-Athlete of the Year after registering at least a 4.0 grade-point average ... one of 14 athletes in the conference, including classmate Cheyne Rocha, with at least a 4.0 ... one of 18 Army players named to the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team.
2010-11: Appeared in 15 games ... posted a 4-8-3 record ... 2.91 goals against average ... .916 save percentage ... made at least 40 saves twice ... allowed just two goals and made 29 saves in a 5-2 victory at the University of Massachusetts in first career start ... won his second start against Niagara, a 4-1 victory with 34 saves ... stopped 42 shots during a 5-4 victory at Air Force ... made career-high 43 saves the next game against Robert Morris during a 3-1 victory ... totaled 73 saves during weekend split with Robert Morris ... named the Atlantic Hockey Association co-Goalie of the Week for his efforts ... registered at least 21 saves in every game.
2009-10: Appeared in one game ... came off the bench in non-conference game at Merrimack ... played well in lone appearance of the season ... allowed just one goal ... credited with seven saves in 6-3 loss.
BACKGROUND: Born in Flint, Mich. ... now resides in Kentwood, Mich. ... 2008 graduate of Jefferson Senior High ... class valedictorian ... was a lacrosse middie during middle school ... member of the National Honor Society ... all-state selection at East Kentwood High School ... played for coach Brad Willner and the Alexandria Blizzard of the North American Hockey League ... voted Blizzard Most Improved Player ... helped team to Central Division title ... named to the NAHL Central Division Top Prospect Team ... enjoys fishing ... son of Scott and Teresa Leets ... one sister, Kaylee, attends Western Michigan University ... grandfather, Boyd, served in the U.S. Army ... uncle, Jimmy Arden, served in the U.S. Army ... uncle, Doug Arden, served in the U.S. Marines ... Ryan lists Henrik Lundqvist as his favorite athlete ... majoring in Civil Engineering.
Getting To Know Ryan Leets Why did you choose West Point? I chose West Point because it represents an opportunity to serve my country, play college hockey, and learn to become a leader of America's sons and daughters upon graduation. Talk about the impact that Major Tom Kennedy had on you? Whether he knew it or not, his conversations with me during the hockey season my freshman year played a big role in my decision to stay at West Point. I'm glad he saw something in me because I could not imagine not being here today. Favorite part about Army hockey? The family atmosphere created by the Army Hockey Community. I chose my major because? It's applicable to problems currently facing our nation and will continue to pose as an important topic moving into the future. I am most looking forward to playing? Air Force. How would you describe Coach Riley? Intense competitor. Favorite Army jersey? Gold. Favorite NHL jersey? New York Rangers' Winter Classic jersey. Fans should come to Tate Rink this season because? It has a great atmosphere and it's a unique place to see a hockey game. What is your favorite event that Army hockey puts on? House of Blues.