Photo Credit: North Iowa Bulls
When you look to build a program at the next level, what do you want in your first recruiting class? The answer for many coaches, is finding a responsible player that may be overlooked by others and who plays the game right. Carter Rapalje, a forward from the North Iowa Bulls meets that description. He is a smaller skater who plays the game big in stature.
As indicated in the Bulls’ press release ,”We are excited and proud that Carter Rapalje has made his commitment to Stonehill College,” said North Iowa head coach and general manager Todd Sanden. “Carter is a great teammate and locker-room guy. His commitment to our community in North Iowa was tremendous, as he volunteered for every NAHL and NA3HL team community event. Carter has dynamic speed that will translate to the Division I level, and his off-ice and on-ice work ethic and determination will serve him well at Stonehill and beyond.”
For a Carter, he was looking for a few things. He wanted small class sizes. Stonehill has that, along with a degree in his field of choice, Sports Management. Read more thoughts from Carter below
Player Questions and answers
How has your time with the Bulls helped prepare you for Division One Hockey ?
“The Bulls play in a highly competitive league that encouraged me to develop and use my speed and skills to grow as a player.”
“How many schools were you choosing between?
“It was my goal to play Division 1 and after talking with the Coach I felt that Stonehill was the best fit for me.”
What does it mean to be the first non goalie to commit to the program as a d1 program ?
“I’m honored to be selected to help the program transition to division 1.”
What’s the part of your game that has grown the most in your time in the NAHL?
“I really strived to improve my goal scoring ability. I was able to lead my team in goals in my final NAHL season.”
“What was the staff’s pitch to you about joining the team at the D1 level?”
“The Coach told me that with my abilities and their program I have the opportunity to be an impactful player at the D1 level.”
What does it mean to be a part of the team’s first D1 season?
“I’m excited to put in the work to help the team successfully transition to Division 1.”
What’s your favorite part of Stonehill off the ice ?
“I’m looking forward to getting back to school, making new friends and exploring Boston.”
What’s your favorite thing to do away from the rink ?
“I love going to the movies and playing sports with my friends.”
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