Holm commits to Morrisville State

MARKHAM, ON - NOVEMBER 2: Noah Holm #3 of the North York Rangers skates up ice during the third period. North York Rangers vs Markham Royals on November 2, 2019 at Markham Centennial Arena in Markham, Ontario, Canada. (Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
March 24, 2020

2:26 PM EDT

By Jake Howorth, North York Rangers Communications and Digital Director. Image from OJHL Images

Defencemen Noah Holm officially committed to Morrisville State of the NCAA DIII. He will play for the Mustangs and attend the school this upcoming fall.

Holm is coming off his best season in his final year of Junior hockey. The stay at home defenceman registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 52 games the Rangers, while also being a key piece in shutting down opposing teams top lines. The now 20-year-old was acquired by North York last summer in a trade with St. Stephen County Aces of the MJAHL. It marked a return to the organization as Holm played two seasons with the Rangers GTHL team between 2015-2017, where he helped the team win the Telus Cup in 2016.

Fourth-year head coach Geoff Schomogyi was very impressed by Holm’s continuous improvement from Day 1 of training camp.

“His game kept getting better as the season went on. It seemed the more comfortable he got with us as a team and coaching staff the higher his game elevated,” the coach explained. “He is a hard-nosed Dman that takes pride in his own end and is extremely hard to play against.”

Holm was pencilled in as the shutdown pair with fellow defencemen Connor Rudderham for the vast part of the season. He played a big role in the Rangers first-round playoff upset of the Toronto Junior Canadiens by containing their top line.

The Toronto, Ont., native believes Morrisville State is the perfect place for him moving forward.

“I chose them because they are the school for me to continue improving as a hockey player and a person.”

This marks the first Ranger commitment of the season and the 27th North York player to do so for either the NCAA or U SPORTS since 2016