Cheyenne, WY - After a long hard-fought inaugural season, the Cheyenne Stampede can proudly say they have officially moved their first team Captain to the collegiate level. Taylor Crawford, the speedy forward who tallied 66 points for the expansion team out of southern Wyoming, announced his commitment to St. Mary's University of Minnesota.
Despite his small stature, Crawford will be expected to fill a desperate scoring need of the Cardinals who ranked second to last in goals (60) in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. While playing for Cheyenne, Crawford had a phenomenal regular season finishing third in scoring in the Mountain Conference but seemed to hit a wall during the playoffs. Despite the setback, he is still the first Stampede player to commit to an NCAA institution, one of the biggest goals of WSHL franchises.
Cheyenne's General Manager, Mark Lantz spoke of his young forward with high regard. "Taylor is a great player and it's no doubt this is a big moment for us. This is what teams at this level set out to do, move a player to college." Lantz continued, "That alone reflects highly of our franchise and we're very proud of that."
Taylor will join his new team after summer while the Stamps set their focus on preparing for next season without him, beginning with the Denver Futures & Prospects Camp this July. For more information on Taylor Crawford, the aforementioned camp, the Cheyenne Stampede, or Saint Mary's University of Minnesota please click the links below.
Taylor Crawford: http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=74636
Futures & Prospects Camp: http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=75452
Cheyenne Stampede: http://www.cheyennestampede.com
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota: http://www.saintmaryssports.com/index.aspx?path=mhockey
Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Beat Writer for JuniorHockey.com. Owner of Fifty8 Productions and freelance writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Voice of California State University, Sacramento Hockey and host of The Sports Cycle with Matt Prosser on KSSU1580 Sacramento. For comments and writing ventures e-mail Matt@Fifty8productions.com. Follow on Twitter @MattProsser58 or visit www.kssusportsycle.com.