ASU’s ‘iceman’ moves from ice to floor, ignites Devils we were finally able to pull him into an April NARCh event with some of the ASU roller team’s freshmen. This was Wes’s first introduction to the sport at a competitive level. I could tell he was having a good time and took to it pretty quickly.”
yarsky explained. “Now, four years later, he’s consistently one of our top players, and led the entire enior forward Wes Fry has contributed much NCRHA in points at the end of round robin at the to the success of Arizona State University’s Di2017 national championship tournament. vision I inline hockey team during his four years in “Wes took to roller hockey pretty quickly and the program. was able to be an effective Division I forward This year was no exception as the Sun his freshman and sophomore years. However, Devils recorded a milestone by winning it wasn’t until his junior year that I think the both the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey game really clicked for him. League (WCRHL) Division I and Division III “Prior to that, I think he was using a lot of regional championship titles. what he learned and knew from ice hockey to Fry, the younger brother of Team USA play roller, which works individually but not Olympian Lyndsey Fry, finished second in the bigger picture of playing the game at a on the team in scoring with 34 points (19 competitive collegiate level. goals, 15 assists) in 18 games. He finished “Once it clicked, he hit a sixth gear that we one point behind team scoring leader Ryan didn’t know he had in him and now he’s averCotton (20 goals and 35 points), but led aging two points a game, playing on special the team with three game-winning goals. teams and leading the offensive charge for our The rub on Fry? He didn’t start playing Division I team in its most successful season in roller hockey until his freshman season at club history.” ASU. He had always been an ice hockey “I think some of the goals I set for myself player since his days with the Jr. Coyotes with the ASU roller program were finding the program. perfect balance of fun and competitiveness,” “I’ve known Wes and his family since he Fry added. “Coming from about 11 years was a little guy running around the Chanstraight of travel ice hockey, ASU roller was dler Polar Ice,” ASU program director Nick the perfect fit. Boyarsky recalled. “I’d tried to pull him into Phoenix native Wes Fry has hung up his ice skates for inline skates to help Arizo“It has been amazing every single year with na State University post its most successful season in 2017-18. roller seasons countless times throughout these guys. I remember my freshman year behis youth ice hockey years. His skill set on the ice Boyarsky said he was shocked when a few ing one of the youngest on the squad and the oldest was the perfect starting point for making a good months later, Fry told him he’d decided to change being 26. It’s different every year, but it seems like roller hockey player. But, as it happens most times, the path he’d been on the past decade. Instead of each year gets better and better. there were always conflicts with his teams that seeking a Junior A career, he was going to hang up “To put it into perspective, I have never been on made it not work out. the ice skates, enroll at ASU, and play roller hockey. any sports team in my life that has been as close as “During his post-high school year finishing out “I was pretty sure it was a fleeting whim and he’d the ASU roller hockey boys. We really have somehis last year with the 18U AAA Jr. Coyotes (Tl EHL), be back on the ice by the end of the summer,” Bo- thing special with this program.” By Phillip Brents
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