Western Captials’ Crane commits to Lakehead University

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves have announced that Summerside Western Capitals forward Trentyn Crane has committed to their program for the 2024-25 season.

“We are thrilled to have Trentyn join our program,” says head coach Andrew Wilkins in a release. “His offensive instincts and his ability to play at a high pace will allow him to have a great opportunity to contribute immediately.”

The 21-year-old from Morden, Manitoba has spent three seasons with Summerside. Crane joined during the 2021-22 season where he posted four goals and eight assists in eighteen games. In the playoffs, Crane tallied two goals and eight assists in fourteen games as the Western Capitals won the league title. At the 2022 Centennial Cup in Estevan, Saskatchewan, he had five assists in five games.

Crane exploded for 93 points in 47 games for Summerside in 2022-23, finishing third in league scoring. He led the league in powerplay points with 48, had the second-most assists overall with 60, and was tied for the second-most game-winning goals with seven. Crane was named Top Forward in February, in addition to being an Honourable Mention for the award in September and January. He was also named to the Eastlink South Team of the Week on six occasions. Crane was also named captain of Team Canada East at the 2022 World Junior A Challenge, where he had one goal and two assists in six games for the tournament.

Entering March for the 2023-24 season, Crane sits seventh in league scoring with 69 points in 45 games. He has the third most assists in the MHL with 50, along with nineteen goals. Crane is again among the league leaders in powerplay points, sitting tied for fourth with 23, and is also second in the league in shorthanded points with five. He has been named to the Eastlink South Team of the Week three times so far this season.

“I am thrilled to officially commit to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s hockey team. This is an incredible opportunity for me, and I couldn’t be more excited to start this next chapter of my hockey career,” says Crane. “The chance to play in front of the great fans at the Fort William Gardens and be a part of such a top-notch program is something that excites me. I have heard nothing but great things about Lakehead, and I am eager to immerse myself in the Thunder Bay community, meet my teammates, and work tirelessly to contribute to the success of the program. I would like to thank everyone in my life who has helped me get to this point. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to hit the ice wearing the Thunderwolves jersey.”

The MHL congratulates Crane on his post-secondary commitment.