BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces acquired on Thursday goaltender Ryan Snowden from the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The Flying Aces picked up Snowden in exchange for Central Illinois forward Matt Gosiewski.
Committed to Ohio State University, Snowden is currently in his first season in the United States Hockey League. Snowden, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound native of Oxford, Pennsylvania, has compiled an .899 save percentage and a 3.20 goals-against-average in 13 appearances for the Buccaneers.
Snowden has allowed one goal or fewer in six of his 13 appearances this year. Included in that span was a 23-save shutout against the Chicago Steel on Dec. 1. While with Des Moines, Snowden compiled 30 or more saves in four of his appearances, and made a season-high 38 saves against the Lincoln Stars on Oct. 13.
With the addition of Snowden, Central Illinois has 20 players on its current roster with an NCAA Division I commitment.
Gosiewski registered 10 points in 25 games with the Flying Aces. The Colorado College commit tabbed five goals and added five assists.
Central Illinois hosts Team USA (U17) for a pair of home games this weekend at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. That series starts on Friday night with a 7:07 p.m. matchup against the U17s and finishes with a 7:07 p.m. tilt on Saturday. Saturday night is Youth Jersey Giveaway Night presented by Aloha Construction and Parkway Auto Laundry, as the first 500 fans 12 and younger will receive a Flying Aces jersey.
Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit flyingaceshockey.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.