BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The North Iowa Bulls have a stellar track record of sending talent to the next level, with more than 140 alumni who have played college hockey. More than half of those players made their college commitments while on the Bulls’ roster. Those players often make an impact at the next level, including three outstanding alumni in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. All three were named to the league’s All-Conference team, announced Tuesday.
St. Thomas University forward Brett Gravelle became a three-time All-MIAC honoree with his spot on the all-conference team. As a captain for the Tommies, Gravelle leads the team with 27 points heading into the upcoming NCAA tournament. Earlier this season, he became the first St. Thomas player to surpass the career 100-point mark in more than a decade. Gravelle was a standout during his two-year career with the Bulls – his 57 goals during the 2015-16 season remains the North Iowa single-season record, and his 30 power play goals is the franchise’s career record.
Brothers Tommy and Jack Stang have landed among the top tier at St. Mary’s University, and also earned All-MIAC honors this week. It is the second turn on the All-MIAC list for younger brother Tommy, while older brother Jack made his debut on the all-conference list. Jack led the conference with 16 assists in MIAC play, and totaled a team-best 24 assists overall during the season. That mark was the highest for a St. Mary’s Cardinal in more than a decade, and his 27 overall points was also a career-best. North Iowa was the final stop in a junior hockey career that included a full season in the North American Hockey League, and Jack signed his first professional contract last week with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Tommy Stang’s numbers reached new highs this season, posting a personal- and team-best 28 points, including 11 goals. His 14 assists in conference play ranked behind only his older brother. Tommy began his junior career with the Bulls during the 2015-16 season before briefly reaching the NAHL early the following season. His junior career wrapped up with a season in the Manitoba and Superior International Junior Hockey Leagues.
St. John’s University captain and former Bulls standout Adam Orn also earned special mention from the league as part of its All-Sportsmanship team.
(photo credits: St. Mary’s University Sports Information, Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)