Former Ice Hog Garth Derry attends program’s first pro tryout

This weekend, from August 9-11, former Ice Hogs standout Garth Derry is attending the Federal Hockey League’s free agent camp in Syracuse, New York.  Derry’s effort marks the first time in the Razorbacks’ short history that an Ice Hog alum will seek to join the pro ranks.  Derry, a double major, graduated this past spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  His work in the classroom also earned him a notation on the distinguished Chancellor’s List for Spring 2013.

Derry transferred to the University of Arkansas in 2008 following a season with St. Louis University.  Once at Arkansas, Derry quickly established himself as a gritty two-way forward who also showed a willingness and ability to log time on the blue line.  In fact, during the 2009-10 season when the Razorbacks made their run to Nationals, Derry served primarily as a defenseman who also saw time on the team’s power play and penalty kill units.  Derry showcased his grit and versatility during the 2010-11 season when, after suffering a torn MCL during tryouts, he battled back to earn a top six spot at the forward ranks only to again assume a role on the blueline when injuries plagued the Razorbacks’ defensive corp.

Derry assumed a more stable role as a forward in the following two seasons.  During the 2011-12 season, he logged time as a left wing and consistently earned ice time on the team’s power play and special teams units.  That season, the coaches also selected him to serve as an Assistant Captain.  Then, during the 2012-13 campaign, Derry again skated as a left wing and, in doing so, earned personal career highs in goals, assists, and points.  The Coaching Staff also named Derry co-captain.  Collectively, Derry contributed to 101 program wins, four consecutive regular season conference titles, three SECHC playoff titles, three trips to the South Regional, and a trip to Nationals.

“We are excited for Garth,” said Coach Gallini.  He added:  “it’s also an exciting time for this program.  Garth is breaking new ground and we have every confidence that he’ll represent the team with an extraordinary attitude, compete level, and work ethic.”   In total, Derry will play in five games over three days, after which the league will make offers.  Fans can follow the free agent camp results here (Derry is playing for Team Red).