The North York Rangers forward Riley Patterson has committed to Michigan State University in the NCAA Division Ⅰ (Big 10 Conference) for the 2024-25 season.

While there’s still a long way to go, the youngster is grateful to have hooked on with one of the premier collegiate hockey programs in the United States.

“Being a part of the MSU program is a humbling and special feeling,” Patterson said earlier this week. “The coaches are amazing, their culture and beliefs are what my family and I stand by and in addition, the resources available are second to none.

“It is a big ten school and I am excited to play in front of passionate fans at Munn Arena,” he continued. “I want to thank the coaches for believing in me and I can not wait to get started.”

Patterson, 16, is in his first season with the Rangers. He has scored a team-leading five goals and added three assists through his first seven OJHL games. Last season, Patterson put up 18 goals and 30 points for the Mississauga Senators U16 AAA program in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). He played with the Burlington Eagles U14 AAA team in the South Central AAA Hockey League (SCTA) during 2019-20 season, where he scored 35 times and added 13 assists for 48 points.

Patterson will look to keep his hot play going on Friday night, September 30, when the Rangers travel to Lindsay to face the Muskies in the eighth game of a grinding 12-game season-opening road trip.