WENTZVILLE, Mo. – St. Louis native Tommy Heinzman spent three years in the North American 3 Hockey League, including a final half-season with the North Iowa Bulls in 2014-15. Those three years in the “3” helped him hit a three-digit point total before heading off to Lindenwood University and doing it again over his four years with the Lions.
Heinzman racked up 104 regular-season points in the junior ranks, including seven goals and four assists in 16 games after coming over to the Bulls from St. Louis in a trade at the 2014-15 Christmas break. The former Jr. Blue was a critical piece of the Bulls’ national championship puzzle that year, closing out the campaign with a final record of 47-12-1.
After chipping in big for the Bulls to close out his junior career, his hometown Lindenwood Lions came calling, but Heinzman didn’t slow down with the move to a new level. The North Iowa power play specialist immediately became a regular in the starting lineup for the Lions, tallying 25 points in 32 regular-season games as a freshman, with three assists in the ACHA Division I national tournament that March.
After winning a ring in his final season at North Iowa, his return home also yielded a national title, with a 2-1 win over Iowa State in the finals. Heinzman had the assist on the national title-winner, with just over 13 minutes to play in the final game against the Cyclones.
After posting a steady 17 points as a sophomore and 25 as a junior, Heinzman eclipsed the career century mark again this year, notching 34 points in only 17 games prior to the ACHA Division I national tournament in Texas. The 2018-19 campaign saw Lindenwood make its return to the national semifinals, falling 1-0 in that game to Minot State University.
The former Bull had three points at nationals, including the final goal in a 4-1 first-round win over Robert Morris. In the end, Heinzman had at least one point in every one of his 20 appearances this year except for the Lions’ semifinal loss.
After reaching triple digits again at Lindenwood, Heinzman left the program this spring as one of its most decorated players ever. His 101 career points ranks 11th among all Lions since the school added ACHA hockey in 2003, and his 72 assists puts him among the school’s top 10 setup men all-time.
The North Iowa Bulls congratulate Tommy Heinzman on a memorable college hockey career, and wish him well in his postgraduate endeavors.