April 3, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross graduating senior forward Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) has joined the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. The Barons are the affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. McGregor has played in the Barons' last two games. Cleveland hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, April 5, and have six games left in the season.
Last week, McGregor was named to the Inside College Hockey All-America third team. Named the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year, McGregor had his best year as a Crusader as he led the team in goals (26) and points (54), while he was tied for second in assists (28). His .68 goals per game rank him sixth in the country, while his 1.42 points per game is seventh nationally. McGregor's 13 power play goals this season tied the school record and are fifth in the nation. He concluded his Holy Cross career with 70 goals and 67 assists for 137 points in 143 games. McGregor is tied for 15th all-time at Holy Cross in points and is second in games played.
McGregor earned a spot on the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team for his two goals and two assists, including his sudden-death overtime game-winning goal in the 4-3 win over Minnesota on March 24, giving the Crusaders their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Earlier this month along with Player of the Year, McGregor was selected to the Atlantic Hockey all-conference first team, while he received the Sportsmanship and Regular Season Scoring awards. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week three times this season and five for his career.
The Crusaders finished their most successful season ever with a 27-10-2 record. The victory over Minnesota marked the first time that a No. 4 seed defeated a No. 1 seed in NCAA action, since the tournament expanded to 16 teams. Holy Cross is ranked No. 14 in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll, making it its highest national ranking in the program's history.