Hockey: Ramsey, former Royal skater, signs with Air Force

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Former Rogers hockey player Jesse Ramsey has committed to Division I hockey and a stint in the military by signing with the the Air Force Academy this past Monday.

His current team, the Kenai River Brown Bears of Alaska in the North American Hockey League, announced that Ramsey had signed.

Jesse Ramsey

“I’m really excited about attending Air Force,” said Ramsey, in an article on the NAHL web site. “The facilities are world-class and my interests are in avaition, so I think it is the perfect fit for me both academically and athletically.”

Ramsey, 20, has vastly improved this season, his third in the NAHL. Switching to defenseman this year, he has a plus-nine rating, tops on his team, after struggling to a minus nine a year ago as a winger. His 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) leads defensemen on the Bears, who are 16-9-1.

“I think our team is better and deeper than last season, but Jesse has tremendous skating ability, which has improved his game to the point where he is today,” said Brown Bears coach Oliver David regarding Ramsey’s development.  “He sees the ice better and has the ability to read plays and track pucks.”

At Rogers, Ramsey played two years at defenseman and two years at forward in a four-year varsity career.

Air Force Academy, coached by Frank Serratore, plays in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The Falcons currently have a 9-4-2 record.