Saturday, June 9, 2012

Blaine Alumnus Taylor Richart Decides On Miami (Ohio)

Richart with the Force in 2011-2012. Photo Courtesy of USHL.com
Fargo Force defenceman Taylor Richart, a 2010 Blaine High School graduate, made his decision on where he was going to spend the next four years playing Division-I hockey yesterday when he chose the University of Miami-Ohio. Richart was a steady defenceman in high school not known for his offensive output but his outstanding positioning and shot blocking. He spent a year in Aberdeen, South Dakota with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL before making an incredible jump this past season to the USHL with the Fargo Force. In 60 games with the Force this season, Richart collected totals of 7g-9a-16pts with a plus/minus rating of +8, while his season in Aberdeen produced numbers of 2g-10a-12pts and a -23 rating. Richart proved in his lone USHL season that he is amongst the elite and earned several offers from schools around the country. Other schools showing interest were St. Cloud State and Minnesota State Mankato. A 92' birth year, Richart is eligible for another year with the Force as was planned, but the Redhawks coaching staff said he is ready to step in and play in 2012-2013 after watching him at the Force tryouts last weekend. Miami-Ohio has an impressive resume for any player looking for their next place to play. Since the 05-06 season, they are the winningest team in college hockey with a combined record of 158-62-27 through last season, with a National Championship runner-up season in 08-09, being one of the best collegiate hockey teams in recent years. Richart is expected to receive nearly a full scholarship, and will playing immediately this fall, foregoing his final year of eligibility in the USHL.

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