Force Defenseman Commits to Miami University
Friday June 8, 2012
Taylor Richart never missed a game for the Fargo Force during his time in the USHL. (photo by mJoy Photography)
The Fargo Force announced that defenseman Taylor Richart has committed to play college hockey at Miami University beginning this fall.
“I talked to the coaches at Miami and they said I was ready to come in this fall,” said Richart. “The campus is amazing, the guys on the team are great and the rink is really nice. It kind of reminds me of Fargo.”
Richart was one of just two Fargo Force players to appear in all 60 USHL regular season games this season. He collected 16 points (7g, 9a) and posted a plus-eight rating during his first USHL season. Six of his goals were scored on the power play, tied for second most on the team. The Blaine, Minnesota native posted a plus-five rating in the 5-1 win vs. Sioux Falls on April 7th which tied for the highest plus/minus by a Force player this season.
“We are very proud of him and happy for him,” said Force head coach John Marks. “Taylor is a great kid and now we’ve got a big hole to fill. We want to wish him all the best at Miami. He has certainly earned it with all of his hard work.”
Richart, 20, also appeared in all six playoff games for Fargo.
“It was a good year in Fargo,” said Richart. “I learned a lot from Byron Pool (assistant coach) and Coach Marks. Byron is one of the best defensive coaches I have had, and Marks is a great coach as well. It was an honor to play for both of them.”
A total of 14 other players who spent time in the USHL this season are committed to Miami University; Chris Joyaux (Chicago Steel), Matt Caito(Dubuque Fighting Saints), Kevin Morris (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Ryan McKay (Green Bay Gamblers), John Doherty (Indiana Ice), Sean Kuraly (Indiana Ice), Lance Fredrickson (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Jay Williams (Sioux Falls Stampede), Riley Barber (Team USA), Trevor Hamilton (Team USA), Ryan Hartman (Team USA), Anthony Louis (Team USA), Patrick Sieloff (Team USA), and Alex Gacek (Youngstown Phantoms).
Miami University is a member of the CCHA and had 19 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Max Cook (Indiana/Green Bay), Joe Hartman (Indiana/Sioux City), Garrett Kennedy (Indiana Ice), Bryon Paulazzo (Indiana Ice), Cody Reichard (Indiana Ice), Cameron Schilling (Indiana Ice), Steven Spinnell (Fargo/Ohio), Patrick Tiesling (Sioux Falls Stampede), Matt Tomassoni (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Trent Vogelhuber (Des Moines Buccaneers), Will Weber (Chicago Steel), Chris Wideman (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Tyler Biggs (Team USA), Blake Coleman (Indiana/Tri-City), Austin Czarnik (Green Bay/Team USA), Cody Murphy (Tri-City/Cedar Rapids/Ohio), Jimmy Mullin (Fargo Force), Ben Paulides (Youngstown Phantoms), and Alex Wideman (Indiana Ice).
USHL stats – Taylor Richart
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