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Wilderness forward Rasmussen makes NCAA commitment

June 29, 2021

The Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects forward and Cloquet native Gavin Rasmussen has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Rasmussen, 20, just wrapped up a stellar NAHL career, recording 33 points in 92 games over the course of the past season seasons.

During the 2020-21 season, he was 2nd in team scoring with 28 points in 51 games played. He was also selected to and played in the 2021 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Blaine, MN, where he had one point in two games for Team Central.

In his senior season with Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, he led the Lumberjacks with 19 goals and added nine assists.

After spending almost his entire career playing at Northwoods Credit Union Arena, Rasmussen (5’9/175) said he’s excited to still be nearby and to join the Yellowjackets which already feels like home.

“Talking with coach [Rich] McKenna and other coaches too, that was the program that felt like the most home for me and best fit for me. Being close to home and having my family and friends be able to come watch the games and stuff will be pretty cool. I really like their game. It’s a hard, physical game which is kind of how I play. Coach McKenna, since he took over the program, has really turned it around and I like the direction he’s putting it in and I think there’s a good group of guys there and it should be another good season this upcoming one,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen played briefly in the NA3HL with the North Iowa Bulls during the 2019 NA3HL Showcase.

Rasmussen will join former Lumberjack and Wilderness forward Dylan Johnson on the Yellowjackets next season, playing together for the first time since Rasmussen’s sophomore year of high school.

Click here for an updated NAHL to NCAA commitment list

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