So it's Halloween and I can't help
but think back to all of the costumes I wore as a little kid. I would usually
dress up as my favorite athlete or something that I dreamed of being. As a young
hockey player, who happened to be totally obsessed with the Mighty Ducks
Trilogy, I thought there could be no greater honor than to play for Team
Well for one Cyclone Hockey
player, that dream is a reality. Just a few weeks ago, Allen Raushel, a junior
It is a high honor, but one that
Raushel accepts with great humility. I asked Allen what it feels like to be
considered one of the best players in the nation and he said this, "(Laughing)
By no means do I consider myself one of the best hockey players in
the ACHA. I lace up my skates everyday for the love of playing hockey, and I
have been honored to be able to play at this level."
Whether he wants to admit it or
not, the Cyclones have a budding star at the ACHA level. Over 40 players are
selected to try out among the thousands of players at all three levels of the
ACHA for the World University Games team and only 22 make it. Raushel's size,
talent, and goal scoring ability made him a must have for
Making this team really is what dreams are made of for any athlete.
"When we were at the try outs for the World Games, a player who attended the games in Poland, tried to describe the feeling he had seeing his name on the back of a USA jersey," Raushel said, "My hair stood on end, goose bumps covered my body, and my heart started racing. That was just hearing about it and not knowing that someday I would be able to actually see that jersey. Now I get to put it on and the feeling is indescribable."
To go along with the honor of
being named to the national team, Raushel was also named ACHA National Player of
the Week for the weekend of October 6th through the 8th
for his four point performance against the
Whether it be in sudden death overtime or during a shoot out it seems that Raushel always delivers when he's needed.
"There is a level of confidence that comes along with being the go to guy in clutch situations. It gives you the ability to take charge in the huddle before an over time period starts and have everyone listening to you because you have been in this situation before. As a team, you have to know that your team mates have your back and that you need to be willing to carry them on your back when the time calls for it," he said.
It wasn't always this easy for
Raushel. He was one of the few players on the team who came right out of high
school and was not recruited by anyone, not even
"My teammates and I joke around that my freshman year Coach Murdoch didn't know what my name was. I never imagined that I would be able to try out, much less make the World University Games."
Raushel currently is among the team leaders in goals and assists, but it is clearly what he does in the third period, overtime, and shootouts that make him a full blown weapon for Coach Al Murdoch and this Cyclone team. With all of this success and all of the accolades, you would think that this would go to a young guy's head right? Wrong.
"Any recognition that I receive as
a player is a direct result of my line mates as
well as the rest of my team mates. The recognition that I receive from them for
my work ethic and my dedication to this team is above and beyond any recognition
I could get from the league or the news papers," he said.
While his star continues to rise on a national scale, Raushel remains most importantly, a good teammate and a guy for all of the younger players to look up to. He worked his way up and struggled through little playing time his freshman year to becoming the most improved player on the team to being a leader both in the locker room and in the stat column. But only one stat matters to Raushel and that's the "W."
His love of the game and desire to
win are hard to be matched. He's just genuinely happy to play the game that he
loves. Now he'll get to represent both his school and his country come January
17th through the 28th when Team
"It gives me a great amount of
school pride to know that I will be playing for Team
CYCLONE HOCKEY NEWS AND NOTES:
Last weekend the #5 ranked
Cyclones swept the #10 ranked Oakland (MI) University Golden Grizzlies by scores
of 4-3 and 5-4 Friday and Saturday
night, respectively. Jason Brown, a Junior from
The Cyclones take on the Iowa
Hawkeyes on Friday Night in