Colin Cromie ’17 dreams of one day playing in the National Hockey League, but first things first: This fall, Colin started playing for the Langley Trappers, which competes in the Pacific Junior Hockey League outside Vancouver, or more than 2,000 miles from his home in Elgin.
He is one of only two non-Canadians playing on the team, but apparently, he’s fitting in just fine. In his first 25 games, Colin has scored four goals and seven assists, with 11 total points scored. Just last week he was named assistant captain of the team and wears an ‘A’ on his sweater.
Next year, Colin hopes to move up to the Langley Rivermen, who play in the British Colombian League, and all with the goal of playing college hockey.
“This is an amazing achievement,” says Dean Deborah Scerbicke.
British Colombian coaches noticed Colin as far back as three years ago when he played in a prospect camp at the age of 15. They kept him on their radar, and while he could have left his home earlier to play for them — and finish high school in British Colombia — Colin had one goal: He wanted to graduate from Saint Viator.
While a Saint Viator student, Colin played soccer and one spring season of hockey. He concentrated his efforts on playing with the U-18 Chicago Young Americans, which is a AAA, tier-one team that plays in the High-Performance League.
Now playing in British Colombia, he lives with a host family in the area. His parents, Steve and Lori, follow every game by streaming it live on the Internet and they say they are content to watch him play as an amateur.
After all, they are a hockey family. Steve Cromie grew up playing hockey and went on to play at Iowa State University. He recently was inducted into the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Hall of Fame, and he now serves as a consultant to USA Hockey. Consequently, he and his wife are Colin’s biggest fans, especially with his goal of keeping up his academic eligibility in order to play in college.