Three Ryerson Rams join NHL training camps looking to impress the pros this weekend.
Second-year defenseman Alex Basso laces up with the Washington Capitals prospects, first-year forward Chris Marchese joins Carolina Hurricanes rookies and first-year goaltender Taylor Dupuis suits up at the New York Rangers’ camp.
In his rookie campaign Basso ranked fourth in Rams scoring with 27 points. His tally of 24 helpers was also the fourth-highest total across the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) region and the fifth most assists by any Rams player in a single season.
At the other end of the ice, rookie Marchese joins the Rams having played on three Ontario Hockey League clubs – Eerie, Windsor and Guelph – totaling 126 points in 186 games. Prior to joining the Rams Marchese notched 49 points in 49 contests, his best production in a season.
In the crease, Dupuis – who spent three seasons in the OHL – had his strongest campaign last year registering 21 wins and a 3.38 goals-against average.
Impressive statistics aside, rubbing shoulders with NHLers is nothing new for Ryerson athletes. Last season forward Jamie Wise was selected to join the Chicago Blackhawks’ camp and defenceman Keevin Cutting played alongside Florida Panthers prospects.
Both Dupuis and Marchese reported to Traverse City, Mich. for games beginning yesterday, while Basso laced up for his first game today in Estero, Fla.
The Rams begin their regular season on Oct. 9 when they host the Concordia Stingers at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.