Ryan Siiro comes to Princeton after captaining the Sioux Falls Stampede and recording 34 points (12g, 22a) and a plus-19 rating through 63 games last season. The 20-yea-old also received the USHL’s Curt Hammer Award, given to the player who shows leadership and determination on and off the ice. In high school, the Minnesota native played football and baseball in addition to hockey.
I had the chance to catch up with Siiro via email for a Q&A, and here’s what the incoming freshman had to say:
Why did you choose Princeton University?
Princeton was a school that showed enormous interest in me as a player and as a student and I can’t think of a better place to play hockey at a high level and get one of the best, if not the best, education in the country.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to bonding with a whole new group of people and battling with them day in and day out for a common goal.
When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?
I first got into hockey when I was 5 years old and my earliest hockey memory was playing in the mite jamborees with a bunch of my friends.
What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?
When the Wild came to Minnesota I was about 7 years old and that’s when I first really got to know about pro hockey, so naturally I became a fan.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?
The biggest challenge I have faced in hockey is making the jump from high school hockey to junior hockey. The pace of junior hockey was a whole lot quicker than high school hockey and it took me a while to make the adjustment.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?
The strangest thing I have ever seen while playing hockey was last year when our defenseman flipped the puckoff the glass and the glass shattered
Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?
The most influential person in my hockey career would have to be my dad because he would get on me only for not working hard, so all he expects of me is to give it my all day in and day out.
What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?
The most exciting experience of my life was last year in Sioux Falls when we were ranked second to last at the beginning of the year then finished first in our conference and made a great playoff run.
What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?
My academic interests are math and science and I plan on majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering
What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?
I hope my legacy is that I was a person who got the most out of what he was given, on the ice, in the classroom and in social environments.