by Paul Taylor

Salt Lake City – The Utah Outliers are proud to announce that defenseman Hunter Lagrone has committed to play NCAA college hockey for Trine University in Indiana beginning next season.

Lagrone played 53 games for the Outliers last season, accumulating 23 points from the blueline.

Trine University is a private, non-profit, post-secondary institution located in Angola, Indiana. Their NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Program competes at the Division III level in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. The school was founded in 1884, and offers degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education and engineering.

Hunter plans to major in Biomedical Engineering while at Trine.

“Hunter was one of our top defenseman last season. His strong skill sets allow him to play a solid two-way game and be effective on both sides of the puck. Each season Hunter has continued to grow his offensive game and become more of an impact in all three zones while on the attack. His work ethic and intelligence for the game allowed him to play in every situation for us last season. Hunter was a terrific leader for our team both on and off the ice and came to work every day in practice. We wish him the best.” – Head Coach Paul Taylor

Lagrone, a native of Dallas, TX shared some of his thoughts about playing for the Outliers. “Playing for the Outliers was an extrodinary experience. The improvements I saw in my skills and hockey IQ were immense. The devotion of the coaching staff towards improving their players on and off the ice is second to none as they expect one hundred percent and give back one hundred percent in return.”

Hunter was also very thankful for all the support he received during his junior hockey career. “I want to thank God for blessing me with my athletic gifts, my parents (Don & Paula) and my brother (Duggie) for all of their love and support throughout the years. My family has played a vital role in my life and I could have never reached my dream of playing college hockey without them.

The Outliers look forward to following Hunter’s career as he takes another step forward in his hockey journey.