St. Cloud, MN- You’d have to go back to the 2005-06 season to find a player on the SCSU roster from Winnipeg, Manitoba. That season, the Huskies roster included goaltender Tim Boron. Before that it was the 2000-01 season with a roster that included all-purpose player, Ritchie Larson and future NHLer Tyler Arnason. Larson was probably the last Husky to skate in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playing for the Winnipeg South Blues in the late 90’s. So, in a rarity for the Huskies, they recently received a commitment from one of the top defensemen in the league, Tyler Anderson of the Steinbach Pistons. Anderson, from Winnipeg, announced via Twitter on June 3rd “Excited to announce my commitment to SCSU. Cannot thank the people who believed in me and sacrificed for me enough.”
After two seasons with the Pistons of the Canadian Junior “A” League, his on-ice performance improved enough to garner attention from the Huskies. The 6’2″ 200 pound Anderson blossomed into one of the top defenseman in the MJHL during the 2016-17 season with 12 goals and 34 assists for 46 points and 31 PIM in 53 regular season games. He also had an impact in the playoffs with 8 points in 12 games. His efforts during the season earned him two MJHL Defenseman of the Month honors and a spot on the 2016-17 MJHL All-Star Second Team.
In a release by the Pistons Anderson stated ” For me, a huge part of choosing St. Cloud was because of the reputation of the program. It’s a great program that is competitive every year and it’s close to home so my family can come watch a lot of games.” Pistons General Manger Paul Dyck commented ” His game developed at a rapid rate this past season and he provided strong leadership in our (locker) room. Tyler has great character and although we will miss him we are extremely excited for him on his commitment to St. Cloud.”
A rangy 6’2″ and 200 pounds and a good skater, Anderson has proven the ability to add to the offense and is a good addition to the strong corps of defenseman on SCSU’s roster. He plans to be a Bio-Med science major at St. Cloud State University.