Thursday, 09.21.17 / 1:12 pm CT
Former IceRays forward Griffin Loughran has committed to Northern Michigan University. He expects to begin his college hockey career at the start of the 2018-2019 season.
“We’re very excited for Griffin to get his commitment,” IceRays Head Coach Brad Flynn said. “His goal-scoring ability separates him from other players, and he showed tremendous improvement from his time in Corpus Christi on the defensive side of the puck. We wish him the best at NMU. Once an IceRay, always an IceRay!”
Loughran (18) joined the IceRays at the start of December of 2016, after playing nine games for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms. In 40 total games played with Corpus Christi, Loughran logged 26 points (9 G, 17 A) and a +3 rating.
The Orchard Park, NY native was a vital factor in the IceRays’ deepest playoff push in junior franchise history. He and Mason Krueger tied for the team lead in 2017 postseason scoring, each with four goals and six points in eight playoff games.
Slated to begin his 2017-18 season with the USHL’s Fargo Force, Loughran (5’6,” 160) is a natural fit for the speedy and skill-based USHL. He possesses excellent stickhandling skills, lightning-like acceleration and a soft goal-scoring touch.
Playing nearly a full season in the bruising NAHL South Division has only increased his marketability and versatility as a player, as he has now had a taste of the heavy, physical style of play that inevitably awaits him in college. Loughran has become the eighth player from the 2016-17 roster to make his Division I commitment, and joins Camden Burggrabe as just the second in history to commit to Northern Michigan.