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Stampede Forward Chooses University of Michigan

01/21/2014, 9:00am CST
By bwerger

The Sioux Falls Stampede announced that forward Tony Calderone has committed to play college hockey beginning next season at the University of Michigan.

Calderone has put up 24 points (11g, 13a) while appearing in all 36 games for the Stampede this season.  Three of his goals have been game-winners, tying for the team lead.  The 19-year-old played his 100th USHL regular season game on Saturday and scored the lone goal in his team’s 2-1 loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers, which was the 40th goal of his career with the Stampede.  He put together a six-game point streak (5g, 2a) in the month of October and followed up a five-game point streak in November (2g, 4a).

After being selected first overall in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft, Calderone was second on the Stampede during the 2012-13 season with 29 goals over 64 games.  The Trenton, Michigan native came to the USHL after playing youth hockey with the Victory Honda organization.

Eight other current USHL players are also committed to the University of Michigan; Alex Talcott (Indiana Ice), Cooper Marody (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Hayden Lavigne (Tri-City Storm), Cutler Martin (Tri-City Storm), Nick Boka (Team USA), Dylan Larkin (Team USA), Brendan Warren (Team USA), and Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms).

The University of Michigan is part of the newly-formed Big Ten Conference for hockey and has 19 USHL alumni on the Wolverines roster this season; Steve Racine (Chicago/Lincoln), Mike Chiasson (Omaha Lancers), Kevin Clare (Team USA), Michael Downing (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Luke Moffatt (Team USA), Justin Selman (Sioux Falls/Des Moines), Cristoval Nieves (Indiana Ice), Tyler Motte (Team USA), Evan Allen (Team USA), J.T. Compher (Team USA), Andrew Copp (Team USA), Derek DeBlois (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Travis Lynch (Green Bay Gamblers), Andrew Sinelli (Youngstown/Dubuque/Sioux City), Alex Kile (Green Bay Gamblers), Max Shuart (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Alex Guptill (Waterloo Black Hawks), Adam Janecyk (Sioux City Musketeers), and Mac Bennett (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders).

USHL stats – Tony Calderone


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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