Ryan Lough '18

Being a scholar-athlete is one of the most time-honored and cherished St. Lawrence traditions. Laurentians thrive on the close-knit nature of the campus, embracing constant contact with professors and coaching staffs.  Just ask junior Ryan Lough ’18, of nearby Manotick, Ontario: “Coming from a small prep school that I really enjoyed, (St. Lawrence) felt like a lot of the same thing.  I really liked the small feel, knowing everyone on campus. Classrooms where you know your professors.”

While Ryan grew up just outside of Ottawa, he chose to travel west at the age of 15 and join the revered hockey program at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan.  “I planned on going out there just for a year and ended up loving it.”  After that, “I was able to make it out to the BCHL and played two years there and had a great experience.  I committed to St Lawrence after my first year there.  They wanted me to go down to the USHL and play another year of juniors. And then I came (to St. Lawrence).”

While the small-campus feel was attractive to Ryan, an Economics-Mathematics major, he underestimated how close-knit and accommodating student-professor relationships are at St. Lawrence.  “I didn’t expect how much help and support off the ice we have with the professors. That’s one of the things you don’t really hear from a lot of schools, especially the bigger ones, is their professors don’t really care if they’re missing classes for hockey or missing exams.  It surprised me how much help there was there to find success in the classroom as well as on the ice.”

As Ryan describes, the Skating Saints aren’t just teammates on the ice; “A lot of the guys are Economics majors on our team. There’s 7 or 8 of us taking one class, Money and Banking, together. One of my roommates is also majoring in Econ-Math: I think we’ve taken all the same classes for the past two years just because it helps so much doing homework together and having the same schedule as someone else.  I know a lot of the guys line the class schedules up so that we can take advantage of studying together.”

Unsurprisingly, post-graduation Ryan would like to play professionally. But he’s also taking steps towards a successful life after his playing days are over, whenever that time may come.  “I have aspirations to continue on and play pro hockey at a high level for as long as I can. That would be incredible.”  Someday he’d like to combine his interest in finance with his passion for the sport, but for now he has one goal in mind, Wall Street. “Working in a top tier investment bank is my goal. I'm hopeful through hard work and the support of  SLU alumni that are in the industry, I can get my foot in the door somewhere and work my way up.”

After his Junior year ends, Ryan has plans to stay busy: “I’m trying to get an internship in New York City to bridge the gap from being Canadian and get some experience on the American side.  I’m looking to gain very valuable experience in the finance industry.”  Another benefit of being a Laurentian is the deep pool of alumni that can help, something the Men’s Hockey club is actively leveraging.  As Ryan explains; “The team has this program (…) where they pair the guys with school alums that have had pretty successful careers. Building that connection with people has been incredible.”

Wherever the road may lead, Ryan believes that his experience playing high-stakes collegiate hockey will be an attractive selling point to any employer.  “Anything you do, you want to do it the best you can as fast as you can.  That’s a big reason why so many alumni and people with careers are searching for athletes: because they’re wired that way.”