Minot defenseman Erne makes NCAA DI commitment
April 9, 2019
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that Top Prospects defenseman Lincoln Erne has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Canisius College in Atlantic Hockey.
Erne, 20, becomes the 42nd Minotauros player in the last seven seasons to earn an NCAA Division I opportunity. The veteran defenseman has played 128 of the Tauros 134 games over the last two seasons posting 52 points on nine goals and 43 assists.
During the 2018-19 season, the 6’2/201 lbs. native of Blaine, Minnesota, led all Minot defensemen in scoring with 34 points in 59 games played. Erne also represented the Minotauros at the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament as a member of the Central Division Team.
“Canisius felt like a great fit for hockey and for my academics. I felt a good connection with the coaches and there is so much opportunity,” said Erne on choosing Canisius. “I also like the location in Buffalo, New York. They have many majors that are of interest.”
Minotauros Head Coach and General Manger Marty Murray said, “Lincoln has all the tools that people look for in a defenseman. He’s big, he blocks shots, he plays all situations and has been a big part of our back end for two seasons.”
Erne believes those two seasons in Minot were instrumental to him getting an NCAA Division I opportunity. “Being a Tauro and a part of the Minot community has helped me immensely over these past two years. I’ve grown so much as a person and a player and I can’t thank this organization and community enough.”
Erne was quick to thank the many people who have helped him reach his goal. “I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, Coach Murray, Wagner, Wazelenchuk, and Mr. Porter for making all of this possible. Lastly my billet family the Picard’s, they’ve allowed me to feel comfortable from day one and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”