LINCOLN, Neb. - Stars forward Luc Laylin has announced his commitment to the University of St. Thomas, an NCAA Division I program playing in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The St. Michael, MN native is expected to join the Tommies once his USHL career has concluded.
“The staff is great and I had great conversations with them," Laylin said. "Also, the campus is really nice. I’m excited by the new rink that’s going to be there and it’s going to be a great spot to be. It’s close to home too, so I’m really happy.”
Laylin, 19, led the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League with 22 goals and 16 assists during the 2020-21 season. He also made a brief appearance with the Chicago Steel, suiting up for one game in November of 2020.
"Luc was a guy who spent a significant amount of time in the USHL at the beginning of the year last year with Chicago,” Stars head coach Rocky Russo said. "He’s certainly more than capable of playing at this level and he proved that with an excellent season last year for the Magicians and a well-warranted Division I college commitment to St. Thomas.”
The 19-year-old center is the son of former University of Minnesota great Cory Laylin, who played four years for the Golden Gophers (1988-92). Luc’s younger brother Casy currently plays for the Steel.
Not too far from home, Laylin has adapted quickly to Lincoln ahead of his preseason debut this weekend in Sioux City.
“The city is great," Laylin said. "I know a lot of people love this rink and it’s a great place to play in. The guys in the locker room are great and the coaching staff has done a good job of getting us ready to go.”
In high school, Laylin was the captain of St. Michael-Albertville for his junior and senior years, posting consecutive seasons with 50-plus points.
“He’s a well-rounded hockey player,” Russo continued. "He plays 200 feet and is a very good skater with deceptive skill and good hockey IQ. He’s going to be a tremendous addition to the University of St. Thomas hockey program.”
The Tommies were founded in 1920, serving as one of the oldest ice hockey programs in the United States. They’ve won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) conference tournament 12 times in their storied history, last capturing the title in 2020.
Last July, they were unanimously accepted to make the jump to Division I and joined the CCHA. Former Miami RedHawks coach Enrico Blasi was named the university’s head coach in April.