It was only a matter of time until Arizona State started recruiting players directly out of youth hockey organizations in Southern California, and Jr. Ducks Midget 16U AAA forward Rory Herrman is the pacesetter.
Herrman, a 1999 birth year from Poway, recently committed to the Sun Devils, college hockey’s newest NCAA Division I program.
“This is great for the Jr. Ducks and for Southern California hockey in general,” said Jr. Ducks Director of Player Personnel Alex Kim, who also coaches Herrman on the 16U AAA team. “This shows Arizona State is taking a vested interest in hockey in Southern California. Hopefully this is the first of many players from here that go there.”
Herrman, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 175 pounds, participated in the USA Hockey National Select-16 Festival over the summer after playing last season at New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire with current Jr. Ducks teammate Blake Howard.
Herrman, who mainly plays center, is versatile enough to play any forward position, Kim said. “Rory is an extremely hard worker,” says Kim. "He is pretty good all around. He competes hard, is physical and shoots the puck very well.”