Uniondale, NY (August 31, 2021) – The New York Riptide have signed goalie Will Johnston, defenseman Bryce Tolmie and forward Tristan Hanna to two-year deals. The deals are pending league approval. The trio were selected on Saturday night in the 2021 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
Johnston was selected in the third round (34th overall) by the Riptide. In three games played in 2021 for the Toronto Beaches, Johnston had a 6.67 goals against average and a 0.17 save percentage.
Tolmie was selected in the fourth round (56th overall), after the Riptide acquired the pick from the Georgia Swarm. In 33 career games played for Hofstra, Tolmie scored 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists, scooping 15 ground balls. The Whitby, Ontario native played 59 career Junior B games, scoring 74 points on 41 goals and 33 assists.
Hanna was selected by the Riptide in the fifth round (65th overall). In 46 career games played for Cleveland State, Hanna scored 82 points on 57 goals and 25 assists, and also scooped 52 ground balls. In 92 career Junior A games, Hanna scored 226 points on 95 goals and 131 assists.
“We feel like we executed our draft plan quite well and addressed forecasted areas of need within our group,” Riptide General Manager Jim Veltman said. “We drafted a good, up and coming young goalie in Will, a versatile offensive/defensive player in Tristan and a solid Hofstra grad defender in Bryce. All in all, we believe these players will have a lasting impact within the Riptide organization.”
The Riptide will return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the franchise’s second season this December. Fans have a chance to be one of the first to own a player tee of 2020 first overall pick Jeff Teat! For a limited time, place a $50 deposit per seat on a Season Ticket Membership and receive a free Jeff Teat player t-shirt. While supplies last. Head to newyorkriptide.com/seasonmemberships or on social media at @NewYorkRiptide for details.