Ross Ring-Jarvi – March Male Student-Athlete Of The Month – Senior, Hockey
The Gustavus men’s hockey team rounded out its 2011-12 campaign by claiming the Ed Saugestad Cup as MIAC Playoff Champions over St. Olaf paired with a thrilling NCAA first round victory at Don Roberts Ice Rink against Milwaukee School of Engineering before falling to eventual-champion St. Norbert on the road. The playoff atmosphere inside Don Roberts Ice Rink was second-to-none with overwhelming support for the Gusties and their lone senior, Ross Ring-Jarvi. The Gustavus student body would chant “Ross-Ring-Jar-Vi” at a moments notice and the senior captain responded with one goal and three assists in his final two games on Gustavus’ home ice. For his leadership and outstanding play to end his career, the Office of Sports Information has named Ring-Jarvi Male Student-Athlete of the Month for March, presented by Thrivent Financial.
“Talk about a great way to end his career at Gustavus,” Coach Brett Petersen said of Ring-Jarvi. “Ross not only led our team to a MIAC Playoff Championship, he was also named our conference’s Player of the Year and then he was selected as a First Team All-American. And now, oh-by-the-way, he has begun his professional hockey career with the Rapid City Rush in the Central Hockey League. Keep in mind that he will still be graduating this spring with a Physics degree and a Philosophy minor. He is a great example of how student-athletes can excel here at Gustavus.”
An Anoka, Minn. native, Ring-Jarvi started the month with an assist in the MIAC Playoff title game against St. Olaf, which Gustavus won 4-2. The victory gave the Gusties an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and they were then pitted against the Milwaukee School of Engineering. “Ringo” led the Three Crowns to victory with a goal and two assists in his final game at Don Roberts Ice Rink. Ross’ three-point performance also marked the most points scored in a playoff game in his four-year career.
Three days later, Ring-Jarvi and the Gusties suffered a season-ending loss to St. Norbert in Green Bay, Wis. Gustavus tied the score at 1-1 in the first period – which Ring-Jarvi assisted – but the Green Knights responded with three unanswered goals for a 4-1 victory. Ring-Jarvi ended the season with a team-leading 33 points on 11 goals and a team-high 22 assists marking the fourth-straight season he led the team in assists.
Ring-Jarvi put together an amazing career wearing the black and gold; his resume entails: 2011-12 AHCA All-America First Team, 2011-12 MIAC Player of the Year, four-time MIAC All-Conference, 2008-09 MIAC All-Rookie, two-year team captain, member of the 2009-10 MIAC regular season championship team, 2009 and 2012 MIAC Playoff championships teams, and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a second place finish in 2009.
Ring-Jarvi finished with 46 goals and 84 assists for a total of 130 points when playing with the Three Crowns on his chest. The two-year captain sits in a three-way tie for 16th on the all-time career points list at Gustavus alongside Dan Engstrom `72 and former linemate David Martinson `10.
Ross has begun his professional hockey career with the Rapid City Rush and will graduate this spring with a degree in Physics.