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PHOTO courtesy Bob Lefebvre


By Sean Marcellus


The Central Canada Hockey League and Cumberland Grads are pleased to announce that ’97 born defenseman Zachary Salloum has committed to NCAA Division I RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) for the 2018-19 school year.


The 5-8, 173 lb Orleans, ON native is enjoying yet another strong season as he currently leads all league defenseman in scoring with 29 points (7G, 22A) in 32 games.  Last season he also found himself at the top of the defenseman scoring race with 11 goals and 55 points in 60 games. 


Before his time with the Grads, Salloum played 75 games over one and a half seasons with the Gloucester Rangers, compiling 6 goals and 30 points.  He is a product of the Eastern Ontario Wild AAA program.


“We are extremely happy that Zach has finally been rewarded for his accomplishments with his commitment to RIT,” said Grads Head Coach Sylvain Favreau.  “As a 4-year CCHL player, Zach has year after year proven the sceptics wrong.  He has demonstrated that having a great hockey IQ paired with his tremendous ability to produce game in and game out can outweigh any debate on size at the blue line.  Zach has also matured to become a great leader and captain for the Grads.  He will without a doubt bring all of that to RIT in the future.”


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is a Private Doctoral University that offers over 200 academic programs, including 7 doctoral programs and has over 16,000 students.  The school is widely known for its career focused education.


“I feel extremely honoured to be joining a prestigious school with a great tradition of winning and a very good academic program selection,” said Salloum.


The RIT Hockey Program plays out of the 4300 seat Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester, NY.  They are currently 2nd overall in the Atlantic Hockey Conference with an 8-5-0 record.