My name is Sammy Crane. I'm a power forward who has developed a reputation in AAA-Hockey as a 200 foot hockey player. I attend Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep-School in Minnesota where I'm a sophomore. I'm a top player on the U-15 Team at Shattuck. I have been skating since I was 3 years old and have played AAA Hockey since my 1st year of eligibility at the age of 10, starting with the Chicago Fury AAA Team for 3 years. Then, in my last year before committing to Shattuck-St. Mary's, I was recruited by Tom Newton ( former Coach at Michigan State for 26 years) to play at Team Illinois. I was extremely excited to be coached by Coach Newton as he has held multiple positions with the Michigan State program and I felt I could learn so much. Coach Newton has impacted my life in both, hockey and my personal development.
I'm consistently used on both penalty kills and power play situations. In these situations, primarily I'm used as a winger but I do see some shifts as center . Throughout my hockey career I've consistently been recognized for my leadership on and off the ice. I have strong hockey sense and vision which I will continue to develop. I understand the philosophy and importance of making the players around me better to win. My coaches have said that "I'm extremely coachable, and I can adapt to hockey situations quickly". My coaches rely on me to act as a leader for our team both on and off the ice. Team and winning are values I've adopted early in my career. I often use my midwest-values and work ethic both on ice and off ice (gym) and I am determined to always perform at 150%. I'm one of, and always will be the hardest workers on both sides of the puck and off the ice,
I am a straight “A” student at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. I understand the importance of academics as I move towards future opportunities within a D1 College program. My short term hockey development plan at Shattuck is to continue to create more scoring opportunities off the boards, and set my goals to make Shattuck U-18 as a U-16 next year. Additionally, I focus on offensive opportunities by using my strength and power to "own" the front of the net. Long term (4-5 years) my plan is to continue to develop my speed to get to the next level in Juniors and eventually a D1 college hockey. Coaches, teammates, friends, and family would say I'm a mature, hardworking person who you can always count on to do the right thing! I'm continuously focused on leadership opportunities, and I'm interested in diversity, politics, and law. I also have interest in a military career, perhaps in aviation or law ( JAG Corps). Thank you!