Minot forward Lantz makes NCAA DI commitment
December 11, 2018
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward Taylor Lantz has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA.
Lantz, 20, is in his second full season playing in the NAHL with Minot. The 5’8/160 lbs. native of Coleraine, Minnesota is currently tied for the team lead with 10 goals, and is third on the team in scoring with 21 total points.
“The coaches at Alaska-Anchorage are great people that showed confidence in my abilities. Anchorage is a beautiful city and a great place to live,” said Lantz. “I am grateful for the opportunities the Minot Minotauros coaches and organization have given us, as well as, my family, friends, billet family, and all of my teammates.”
Minot Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray explained that while Lantz’s career took some time to get off the ground, he eventually took flight. “The transition from high school to junior wasn’t easy at times, but he stuck with it, he bought into being a strong 200-foot player, and he has been very consistent all season long. He is definitely a leader on our hockey club and he is well liked and respected in our locker room.
Prior to playing in the NAHL for Minot, Lantz played high school hockey in Minnesota for Greenway High School. He made his NAHL debut with the Austin Bruins during the 2016-17 season and also spent a short time in the NA3HL with the Granite City Lumberjacks.
While attending the University of Alaska Anchorage Lantz intends to study aviation.
Murray believes Lantz has what it takes to succeed at the college level. “Taylor’s hockey sense and creativity stood out to us three years ago when we recruited him. He’s been one of the most talented players to come through our program and does things you can’t necessarily teach.”
With an NCAA DI commitment locked up Lantz is excited to focus on repeating last year’s team success saying now the focus is getting back to the Robertson cup and winning it this year.