New York Islanders: Ryan Hitchcock Signs With Sound Tigers

By Matt O'Leary
BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers head out to play against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers head out to play against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Long Island native Ryan Hitchcock will make his return with the New York Islanders affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as he signs a two-year deal.

In 2017-2018, Ryan Hitchcock went from being the Captain of Yale to the first line with the New York Islanders affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played 16 games with the Sound Tigers this past year.

In those 16 games, he had nine points (three goals, six assists). Obviously, the Sound Tigers value him if he was bumped up to the first line so quickly.

He was rewarded for his play, Bridgeport decided to give him a two-year contract to stay with the team. The 22-year-old Manhasset native is returning home, slightly.

Hitchcock played with the Long Island Gulls from 2009-2011. One year he put up 30 goals in just 27 games played at the age of 14 years old. He went on to have a strong showing playing for the US National U18 Team. In 2013-2014, Hitchcock had a 49 point season (12 goals, 37 assists) in 53 games.

Hitchcock is looking to build off his 2017-2018 season, and add some depth at the AHL level. If you combine his time with Yale and Bridgeport Hitchcock put up 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games.

Ryan’s role will be a depth player with the Sound Tigers. If he impresses, maybe he can crack the Islanders roster if there’s an injury next year.

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