2009-10: Tanner Lane was one of the top scorers in Minnesota high school hockey as a junior scoring 49 goals with 41 assists in 90 games for Detroit Lakes HS, a small school in the northwest part of the state. Played for the Great Plains squad in the Upper Midwest Elite league scoring 1 goal with 7 assists in 17 games. He also participated in USA Hockey’s Select 17 festival. Lane recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Under new coach Dean Blais, the Mavericks will move from the CCHA to the WCHA in 2010-11. Blais, the coach of USA’s gold medal-winning U-20 team in 2009-10, coached at North Dakota and also coached high school hockey in Roseau, MN as well as coaching the Fargo Force in the USHL so he is well-known in the area.
2010-11: Detroit Lakes scoring star Tanner Lane was absolutely dominant on his Minnesota high school circuit but found himself overmatched in the USHL. After averaging nearly three goals a game for Detroit Lakes in his draft year, Lane scored just 4 times in 57 games with the Fargo Force. Lane has good size and soft hands, however having things all his own way in high school did little to prepare for him to take the next step in his development.
2011-12: Lane returned to Fargo for his second USHL season and played 12 games with the Force before being traded to Omaha in November. In 60 games between the two teams he scored 13 goals with 28 assists and was plus-eight with 48 penalty minutes. Omaha finished second in the Western Conference and reached the second round in the playoffs. Lane was minus-two with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.
2012-13: Lane played in 31 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman. Playing both wing and center for the Mavericks, he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -6 with 8 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished seventh in the WCHA after starting the year 9-3-1 and lost to Minnesota State in a best of-three first round playoff series.
2013-14: Lane skated in 34 of 37 games for Nebraska-Omaha in his sophomore season — centering the Mavericks’ third line with senior wingers Johnnie Searfoss and Zahn Raubenheimer. He scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was minus-6 with 12 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished third in the NCHC in the conference’s inaugural season before falling to sixth-place Denver in a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
Lane was a dominant player on the high school level and has size, speed and outstanding hands. Playing at one of the smaller high schools in Minnesota, he put up big offensive numbers but is in more of a two-way role at Nebraska-Omaha. Now a junior, he has begun to display some offensive touches to go along with his defensive play. One of the few upperclassmen on what is a young but talented Mavericks team he has shown the ability to adapt to whatever role he is given.
Lane is in his junior season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15. A big scorer playing at the small school level in Minnesota, it has taken him time to develop at the NCAA level. In a lower line role in his first two seasons with the Mavericks, he is seeing more ice time and his offensive numbers have reflected that increased opportunity. Lane had matched his career high in assists (four) in UN-O's first eight games. As with any late round pick in an organization that is suddenly deep in forward talent, Lane faces long odds in securing an NHL contract following his graduation in 2016. His early season success this season is a point in his favor.