Former Northern Michigan University hockey player Darien Craighead finds new home in ECHL

Northern Michigan University's Darien Craighead, right, and Michigan Tech's Todd Kiilunen watch the puck in the corner during the third period of their WCHA game played at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on March 2, 2019. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

NORFOLK, Va. — Former Northern Michigan University forward Darien Craighead has found a new home for this season.

After spending last season with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, Craighead will stay in the league for the 2021-22 season, but he’ll now be with the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals are currently an independent team with no NHL affiliation.

Craighead played 25 games with the Stingrays, scoring six goals and racking up 10 points for 2020-21.

During his time with the Wildcats, he finished with 109 points in 153 games and finished with at least 20 points during all four of his seasons.

Craighead also made the WCHA Third Team twice as well as the WCHA Rookie Team his freshman year in 2016-17.

His sophomore season, he led the nation with six game-winning goals.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.


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