Flames add highly rated Canadian to their roster

Ripplinger icing for Regina Cougars Credit: Regina Cougars

Turner Ripplinger has signed for Guildford Flames from the University of Regina after having his VISA approved.

The 23-year-old impressed in his 3 seasons in the USports including 19 points in 20 games this season.

Background

The Winger started his time at Regina Hurricanes U15s until moving around in his home country.

A notable season for the young man was 2017-18 when playing for the Portage Terriers.

He notched up 49 points including 32 assists skating 57 times.

Following this he had a breakthrough season at Estevan Bruins where he scored 59 points in 57 games.

After this he plied his trade at Uni of Regina for three seasons.

Scoring a combined 31 points across 48 games.

It was here that he was picked up by the Elite League side and signed.

The delay in his joining the Flames was down to VISA issues with the paperwork sorted before deadline.

Paul Dixon: “Hopefully he can demonstrate some of his offensive punch.”

Flames’ Head Coach Paul Dixon said of the signing:

“Turner has put up some good offensive numbers in recent seasons at Jr and University levels and by all accounts he is a skilled player who can get up and down the ice so hopefully he can demonstrate some of his offensive punch here once he gets a few games under his belt.”

The Regina native has been brought in as injury cover for fellow Canadian Tristan Frei.

Dixon spoke about this, saying:

“With the loss of Tristan Frei for the remainder of the season, we couldn’t risk the final run always playing at least one guy short, so Turner is a big addition to the club, and we are looking forward to welcoming him in for the last bit of the season.”

Guildford Flames Future

At 5’9” and 73kg he has potential to be a very fast and agile player who could help the Flames up the ice.

The Guildford Flames face the Clan next on the weekend in a seventh versus sixth clash in the Elite League.

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