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November 17, 2022

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Former Tiger Returns to Colorado Springs as SCSU’s Leading Scorer

by Jordan McAlpine/CHN Reporter (@jordan_mcalpine)

Grant Cruikshank will feel right at home this weekend. The fifth-year forward finds himself on his third team in three years, a sign of the times in college hockey.

Cruikshank is 12 games into his first season at St. Cloud State, a move that has been beneficial for both sides. The Delafield, Wis., native leads the Huskies with 10 goals and 15 points, which already ties his point total last season at Minnesota.

However, he spent his first three years of college in Colorado Springs and donned the black and gold at Colorado College — the Huskies’ opponent this weekend.

“It’ll be a fun weekend,” Cruikshank said of returning to Colorado Springs. “I made a lot of good memories and friendships at CC, and I enjoyed my time out there. I got to see some of them when we went to Denver a couple weeks ago, but I’ll get to see a lot of family and some friends that I haven’t seen in a couple years this weekend. So I’m super excited.”

A lot has changed since Cruikshank last played in a CC sweater. Ed Robson Arena has opened its doors, Kris Mayotte has taken over as a head coach and there’s a completely new staff in place. Even CC’s uniforms have changed in the two years he’s been gone.

Cruikshank entered the transfer portal at the end of the 2020-21 season following the departure of Mike Haviland, who was let go after seven seasons behind the Tigers’ bench. Cruikshank racked up 30 goals in 90 career games at CC and served as a captain during his sophomore and junior seasons. 

He watched most of the construction while attending CC but this weekend will be his first time playing at and even seeing the on-campus arena in-person.

“It’s gonna be cool to finally see it,” Cruikshank said. “Having been a part of that program and being on campus to see it from the start and see some of the construction, I’m definitely excited to see how it turned out.”

As exciting as this weekend will be from a personal standpoint, it’s also a big weekend for Cruikshank’s new squad. St. Cloud State sits at 9-3-0 on the season and the Huskies are 2-2-0 in NCHC play. SCSU is currently fifth in the NCHC standings with five points.

As someone who spent three years playing in this conference, Cruikshank knows the…

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