Hockey player commits to collegiate level play

Jimmy Tocco ‘16
Guest writer

Taylor Girard ‘16 takes a clap bomb.  Photo from Taylor Girard ‘1

Taylor Girard ‘16 takes a clap bomb.
Photo from Taylor Girard ‘1





According to, only 22 percent of women’s hockey pin high school get the opportunity to play college hockey. LCN’s Taylor Girard ’16 is part of that 22 percent. After being offered a full ride scholarship to Lindenwood University, she has recently committed to play for the Lady Lions.
Lindenwood University is a private, liberal arts college located in St. Charles, Missouri. Lindenwood, an NCAA division I school, is a member of the College Hockey America conference per With an enrollment of almost 12,000 students, it’s fairly small. After visiting the campus on November 15, Girard committed on the spot.
“I like the campus a lot. It’s not too small, but it’s not too big. I like how it’s close to a city, but not right in the city. It’s really beautiful down there and their coaches seem really nice. It just seemed like the right fit for me,” Girard said.
Girard has been playing hockey since she was only 4 years old, making this her twelfth season playing the sport.
“It’s become a part of my life. I love hockey more than anything in the world and I’m beyond excited to continue at the next level,” said Girard.
This season, Girard is playing with Honeybaked Hockey, one of Michigan’s premier girls hockey teams, who are the reigning state champions. She has been playing with Honeybaked for three seasons.
“We are playing pretty good right now. I think that we’re going to keep playing good hockey and we should go far. I’m hoping to make it to Nationals,” Girard said.
Shelbi Thacker ’16 also is a member of the Honeybaked 16U team.
“Taylor is always playing great. She never has a bad game. I’ve been playing with her for a long time and she’s always been a step ahead,” said Thacker.
In terms of the future, Girard is ecstatic to continue playing hockey collegiately, especially at a school like Lindenwood.
“I’m so excited to play college hockey. It’s been my dream since I was little, and it’s even better that I get to go to Lindenwood. It’s like a dream come true,” she said.
Girard will continue to chase her goals as her career advances, and will work hard to excel at the next level. LCN wishes Taylor the best of luck in the next step of her journey, and remember – dreams do come true!