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Ashcroft Latest NAX Alum to Join University of Denver

Cale Ashcroft becomes the latest Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) alum and Sherwood Park Crusader player to join the University of Denver.

Ashcroft will join Michael Benning and Carter Savoie at the University of Denver, who both spent one season at NAX before joining the Crusaders.

Now in his second Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season with the Crusaders, Ashcroft has tallied 26 points in 57 AJHL games. The St. Alberta, AB defenseman was originally selected in the fourth round, 76th overall in the 2019 Western Hockey League (WHL) Draft by the Saskatoon Blades.

Prior to his time in the AJHL, Ashcroft spent three seasons at NAX, joining the program in 2017/18. He would spend the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) U15 Prep division, tallying 27 points in 60 games. In 2019/20 he would finish with 15 points in 17 U16 Prep games.

The University of Denver is an NCAA Division I school located in Denver, CO. The team competes in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).