Six future Tigers sign on with CC hockey program

cruikshank actionSix college players recently signed a national letter of intent to play for Colorado College.

Two are scheduled to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program this fall —  forwards Erik Middendorf (U.S. Under-18) and Grant Cruikshank (Penticton, BCHL).

Along with Middendorf and Cruikshank, forward Ben Copeland (Waterloo, USHL) and defenseman Bryan Yoon (Tri-City, USHL) will join the program this fall after signing their NLI earlier.

Copeland is currently sixth in the United States Hockey League in scoring with 62 points with a league high 44 assists, while Yoon leads the Storm in scoring and is sixth in the USHL among defensemen with 35 points (32 assists).

Forwards Tyler Coffey (Jersey, USPHL), Patrick Cozzi (Prince George, BCHL) and Josiah Slavin (Lincoln, USHL), as well as defenseman Chase Foley (St. Thomas Academy, Minn.) signed recently and will join CC in the future.

“We are thrilled that these players have agreed to join our program,” coach Mike Haviland said in a media release. “After the improvement we saw this past season, this group of players should help us progress even further. Combining these players with our returners the next couple of years provides a bright future for the Colorado College hockey program.”

CC hockey bios below:

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Tyler Coffey (pictured above)

Forward, 5-10, 175, Hamilton, NJ, Jersey Hitmen NCDC (USPHL)

Before Colorado College: Tied for third in the USPHL’s NCDC playoff scoring race with eight points (3g,5a) in nine games … Helped the Hitmen to a 34-15-1 regular-season record and a spot in the finals of the Dineen Cup … Finished third on the team and 15th in the league with 46 points (27g,19a) in 45 regular-season games … His 27 goals tied for second in the USPHL … Notched four points (3g,1a) in five games for Team Kelly at the 2017-18 USA Select Festival … Amassed 83 points (50g,33a) in two seasons with the Hitmen U16 squad.

cozzi imagePatrick Cozzi (pictured above)

Forward, 5-9, 170, Greenlawn, NY, Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL)

Before Colorado College: Scored 36 points (14g,22a) in 58 regular-season games in 2017-18 … Helped the Spruce Kings to a 33-17-4-4 regular-season record, good for fourth place in the BCHL … Tied for second on the team and tied for 10th in the league with 16 points (4g,12a) in the playoffs as the Spruce Kings are currently in the Fred Page Cup finals … Top rookie scorer in the BCHL playoffs … Collected 55 points (26g,29a) in 49 games last season with the North Jersey Avalanche.

Grant Cruikshank, Forward, 5-11, 185, Delafield, WI, Penticton Vees (BCHL)

Before Colorado College: Notched 74 points (53g,24a) in 82 games the past two seasons for Penticton, including 53 points (32g,21a) in 57 games in 2016-17 … Played in 25 games (21 points) this season before suffering a season-ending injury … Had 12 points (6g,6a) during the ’16-17 playoffs as the Vees advanced to the semifinals of the RBC Cup … Notched six points (2g,4a) in six games for Team Kelly at the 2014-15 USA Select Festival … Drafted by the Fargo Force in the sixth round of the 2017 USHL Futures Draft … Son of Olympic speedskaters Bonnie Blair and David Cruikshank.

Chase Foley, Defenseman, 5-9, 154, St. Paul, MN, St. Thomas Academy (USHS)

Before Colorado College: Finished third on the St. Thomas team with 38 points (17g,21a) in 23 games this season … Tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals and third with three game-winners … Helped team to a 22-2-1 overall record, a perfect 10-0 mark in league play and a quarterfinal berth in the Class AA Minnesota State Tournament … First-team All-Metro selection by the Star Tribune … Compiled 78 points (31g,47a) in three years at St. Thomas … Collected nine points in 20 games this season for Team Southeast of the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.

Erik Middendorf, Forward, 6-1, 190, Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. National U18 Team

Before Colorado College: Played 104 games for the U.S. National Development Program, including 43 this season for the National Under-18 Team … Collected 16 points (8g,8a) for the U18 team … Helped team win the Five Nations Tournament in February, defeating Finland, 4-0, in the final game …  Appeared in 55 games (23 points) for Team USA in the USHL … Collected five points in six games and helped Team USA to the Gold Medal at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway … Played in five games for Team Black at the 2015-16 USA Select Festival.

Josiah Slavin (pictured above) , Forward, 6-2, 182, Erie, CO, Lincoln Stars (USHL)

Before Colorado College: Second on the team with 42 points (23g,19a) in 60 games this season … Leads the Stars and is third in the USHL with a +27 rating … Tied for 17th in the league with 23 goals … Collected 16 points (10g,6a) during a recent 10-game point streak … Notched 14 points (6g,8a) in 49 games for Tri-City of the USHL during the 2016-17 campaign … Prior to that, he skated for two years with the Colorado Thunderbirds program, registering 41 points (25g,16a) in 56 games … Younger brother of former Tiger and current Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin.

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