Niverville product Tyler Anderson can now officially add another accolade to his name. This past week, third-year defenceman of the Lake Superior State Lakers men’s hockey program was named as one of the American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Scholars following the completion of the 2019-20 season.
Alongside teammates Alex Ambrosio (third-year, forward), Louis Boudon (first-year, forward) and Pete Veillette (second-year forward) the hulking 6-foot-4, 230-pound blueliner has now earned three education-performance awards for the past season (WCHA All-Academic Team, WCHA Scholar Athlete, and now AHCA All-American Scholar).
“These are exceptional individuals,” AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna said in a league-issued press release. “The sport demands a great deal from these athletes, so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement while contributing at the NCAA Division I level.”
Anderson, a right-handed shooting defender, has spent the past three seasons with Lake Superior, primarily serving in a defensive/checking role within the team’s shutdown unit. Skating in a career-high 40 regular season games in 2019-20, the 24-year-old scored once, added four assists and collected 24 penalty minutes with the Lakers.
The former Eastman Selects Midget AAA travelled west for his junior career, beginning in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with the Kindersley Klippers, before playing two seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League with the West Kelowna Warriors and the Prince George Spruce Kings. Anderson’s best numbers came in the 2016-17 season as a member of the Spruce Kings, where he put up 18 goals, 47 points and 96 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games, before producing at a point-per-game rate in six postseason contests.
Despite playing a conference-high 41 games last season, Lake Superior State University finished seventh out of 10 teams in the WCHA with a 14-23-4 record, prior to the league-wide shutdown. Anderson – a fire-science major – registered 58 shots on net, while putting up 38 blocked shots on the season, which was five more than his total from 2018-19, placing him second on the team. He will look to once again improve his numbers in 2020-21.