30 Tanner Creel
Tanner Creel


Kildeer, Ill.

High School:
Saint Viator

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 160


Last Team:
Jersey Hitmen/Tri-City Storm, USHL

One of nine freshmen on the roster ... lone player from Illinois ... played in both the Eastern Junior Hockey League (New Jersey Hitmen) and United States Hockey League (Tri-City Storm) ... one of two rookie goaltenders on this year's squad.

Background: Born in Birmingham, Ala. ... now calls Kildeer, Ill., home ... given name is William Tanner Creel ... graduated in 2012 from Saint Viator High School ... captured state and regional hockey championships with Team Illinois of the Tier I Elite Hockey League ... lists that championship run as his greatest hockey memory so far ... graduated with high honors ... played on the juniors level for head coach Toby Harris of the New Jersey Hitmen and head coach Josh Hauge of the Tri-City Storm ... played alongside fellow rookie Connor Costello with the Hitmen ... pair helped New Jersey win the 2013 Dineen Cup, which is awarded to the Eastern Junior Hockey League champion ... son of Keith and Ginger Creel ... has a younger sister, Caitlin ... father, Keith, served in the U.S. Army for eight years ... uncle served in the U.S. Air Force ... moved 14 times growing up ... began playing hockey at age eight when his family lived in Canada ... enjoys listening to music and traveling ... favorite goaltenders are Marc Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist ... drafted by the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2012 ... major is undeclared.

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