Americans defenseman Lorring commits to play hockey for Western Michigan this fall

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., September 2, 2021 — The Great Falls Americans, of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are happy to announce that defenseman Tyler Lorring, has committed to play hockey and continue his education by signing with an ACHA Division I team for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

Lorring, a 5’6” defenseman from Fairbanks, Alaska, will join the Western Michigan University Broncos men’s hockey team located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Western Michigan campus is a public research university that consists of 147 undergraduate degrees, over 70 master’s degree programs and 30 doctoral degrees (23,000 students) located 140 miles from Detroit. Western Michigan will have a new leader this season. Bronco alum Pat Ferschweiler takes the college reins from Andy Murray, who resigned after ten years. The Michigan institution competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

The newest recruit for Western Michigan played in 38 regular season and six postseason contests for the Americans in his lone season (2020-21) under the direction of Americans Head Coach Greg Sears. Tyler saw two goals find the back of the net while dishing out 10 assists for Great Falls.

Lorring also was selected to play in the 2021 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament in April 2021 along with Americans forward Henry Chavez in St. Peters, Missouri for Team Apex, who went 0-1-1. He saw action in both games as Team Apex took Team K1 to an extra period before falling 5-4 (see article) and then Team Krampade slipped by them, 4-3 the following day (see article) to close out the two-day prestigious tournament.

Tyler earned some accolades this season from the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) as he earned three consecutive NA3HL Honorable Mention Player of the Month from January 2021 through March 2021 and one NA3HL Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention) for the week ending February 21, 2021, for his play with Great Falls.

Before his junior hockey season with the Americans, the West Valley High graduate played with two 18U AA teams in Alaska (Fairbanks Arctic Lions in 2017-18 and the Alaska Wolves during the 2018-19 campaign) after playing for West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska.

“Ty had a great year for us last season,” said Great Falls Americans Head Coach and General Manager, Greg Sears. “He made the most of his opportunity and got better each week. Replacing him will be tough, but we are really excited to watch him continue into college hockey.”

Click here to view Tyler Lorring’s statistics for the 2020-21 season for Great Falls.

Click here for a full listing of the NA3HL college commitments.

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