IT STARTS HERE: RYAN PULOCK
In our series “It Starts Here,” we look at former Sound Tigers currently up with the New York Islanders. This week we take a look at a player that spent most of the 2015-2016 season in Bridgeport but is making a splash in the playoffs, Ryan Pulock.
Name: Ryan Pulock
Years Played: 2013-2016
Games Played: 108
Stats: 24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points, and 20 penalty minutes.
How'd He Do: Ryan’s Sound Tigers career started after the Brandon Wheat Kings captain was drafted 15th overall by the Islanders in 2013. After playing in three games for Bridgeport at the end of the 2013-14 season, the defenseman came back strong in 2014-2015 with 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists. This season Pulock was on pace for another stellar season with 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists in just 51 games.
Blast from the Past: Check out this article from 2015 when Ryan was named to the 2014-2015 AHL All-Rookie Team at the age of 20.
First AHL Game: Here is the box score from Ryan’s first American Hockey League game. Ryan started the game, but may have had some jitters at the ripe age of 19 in a 4-2 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms, as he did not have a shot on goal.
First NHL Goal: Ryan scored his first NHL goal in mid-March, with a wrister from the top of the zone against one of the best goalies in the game, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. He would finish with two points in the game after tallying an assist as well.
This Season: In 15 regular season games for the Islanders this season, Ryan scored four points on two goals and two assists, and finished with a plus/minus of +5. Through four games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has notched a goal and two assists.
Like most of the Islanders roster, Ryan’s professional career was Born in Bridgeport. Don’t miss the chance to catch these players grow into NHL stars and remember that It Starts Here at Webster Bank Arena.