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Report: Penn State Men’s Hockey’s Connor McMenamin, Tyler Gratton Enter Transfer Portal

Penn State men’s hockey senior forwards Connor McMenamin and Tyler Gratton have reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Elliott Schlossman.

The two’s reported decisions to enter the transfer portal comes less than a week after Penn State’s elimination from the NCAA Tournament in a 2-1 overtime loss against Michigan in the NCAA Regional Final on Sunday evening. Beforehand in the NCAA Regional Semifinal, the Nittany Lions cruised past Michigan Tech in an 8-0 win.

McMenamin’s and Gratton’s reported decisions to enter the transfer portal come after an impressive regular season, too. Penn State got off to its best start in program history and was ranked in the top 10 throughout much of the season en route to finishing with a 22-16-1 record.

McMenamin scored nine goals, had 15 assists, and scored 24 points this season, including a goal and an assist against Michigan Tech. He also had one goal and two assists in Penn State’s 4-0 win at Wisconsin back in October, and three assists in the Nittany Lions’ 4-2 win at Minnesota in November.

The Collegeville, Pennsylvania native just finished his fourth season in Happy Valley. He has totaled 24 goals, 42 assists, and 66 points throughout his time at Penn State.

Meanwhile, Gratton also had a productive season with seven goals, eight assists, and 15 points. He had three assists in Penn State’s 3-2 win over St. Thomas in October, as well as a goal and an assist in the Nittany Lions’ 5-4 loss at Michigan in January. Gratton’s younger brother, Dylan, is a freshman defenseman on the team.

Like McMenamin, Gratton just finished his fourth season at Penn State. He scored 20 goals, 14 assists, and 34 points in that four-year timeframe.

Both players were important veterans on the roster. At this point, it’s currently unclear why they reportedly decided to enter the transfer portal. If they play in Happy Valley next season, it might make sense that one of them could replace Paul DeNaples as the team’s captain given their experience in the program. Additionally, there’s no current indication that playing time could be an issue next season, either.

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