Ontario Avalanche Commitments

by Avalanche Staff

Deshler inks for another season

The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce the return of three year veteran & standout blueliner, Quinn Deshler.

Deshler, who will in all likelihood break the Avs career record for games played(136), set by Hall of Fame forward, Antoine Maillard, wil return to Coach Rob O'Rourke's defense corp for his 4th year.


Last season, Deshler piled up a career high 16 points(6g, 10a) in forty two games while also setting a new personal best with 42 PIMs. The alternate captain also hopes to improve on all of those numbers as a "top-pair" defenseman this season and earn a spot on a college team at the Showcase in December.

"Quinn has been a fantastic performer and teammate in his three years here and he's also one of our hardest workers", quipped Avs GM, Rick Roberts, "and that work ethic rubs off on others, He's a great kid in the room and off the ice and will have plenty of college offers this season."

Pair of Avalanchemen commit to Calvin


The Ontario Avalanche Hockey Organization is proud to announce Captain Justin Davis' commitment as a student/athlete to Calvin College.

Calvin is a liberal arts, Christ-centered College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, not far from where Davis grew up in Livonia. Davis, who played his youth hockey for powerhouse Little Caears, joined the Avs in the 2017-18 season putting up 37 points(8g, 29a). He then followed that up with 37 more points(6g, 31a) in 2018-19, while serving as the Ontario Captain.

"Justin did a great job for us this season, helping to manage Coach Rob O'Rourke's locker room as a leader by example", bragged Avs Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts, "and the fact that he didn't miss a game in two years talks a lot about his mental approach and physical toughness."

Now it's on to bigger and better things as a student/athlete at Calvin, playing for Coach Mike Petrusma

GO AVS and best of luck to you Justin!!!


The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce Ethan Bock's decision to attend Calvin College next season as a student/athlete!!! Calvin, a top ranked, Christ-centered liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recruited him hard after the Las Vegas Showcase.

Bock, a hard-nosed and gritty defender will be joining Coach Mike Petrusma's ACHA D1 program, after posting 14 points(3g,11a) and 55 PIMS in 35 games. Bock missed close to two months of the season due to a broken hand but finished the season strong in helping Ontario through two rounds of the playoffs before being eliminated.

"Ethan and his family have been close to the organization going back to 2015-16, playing for Coach Rob O'Rourke under the California Wave flag," quipped Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts,"and although he's always been a tough kid, his greatest attribute has always been his work ethic. He will be missed but we wish him the best at his new home!"

Ruiz and hernandez Head to Grand Canyon


The Ontario Avalanche Hockey Organization is proud to announce the commitment of talented centerman, Brett Ruiz, to Grand Canyon University!!!

Ruiz finishes his two year run in Ontario with 22 goals and 43 assists in 90 games. The offensively talented Ruiz will join Coach Roy's upstart ACHA DII program on the cusp of going ACHA DI.

"Brett has not only been a leader of men on the ice but also off the ice and in the locker room, "remarked GM/Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts, "he's got great hands, sees the ice well and will be a good man in the pivot at the next level, he will be missed here for sure."

The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce Sam Hernandez' commitment as a student/athlete to Grand Canyon University!!!

The versatile Hernandez will be looking forward to the next chapter of his playing days for Coach Daniel Roy at GCU. "Coach Roy and I have been talking for a while about Sam", remarked Avs GM Rick Roberts, "and he felt very comfortable about the culture and environment at a Christ-centered university, so it was an easy choice for Sam."

Hernandez racked up 53 games over two season with the Avs, tallying 12 points(2g,10a), mostly while filling in on Coach Rob O'Rourke's blueline. Congratulations to Sam and the Hernandez family on his college commitment!