Saturday, May 12, 2012

K-Zoo's Raffaele chooses D-III Bethel

The Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings have announced that forward Brock Raffaele has committed to play college hockey at Division III Bethel University.

Raffaele, a Cadillac native, joined the Jr. K-Wings after playing 31 games with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. In those 31 games, Raffaele tallied 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists). He joined Kalamazoo in January and proceeded to tally 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games. During the playoffs, Raffele appeared in eight games and notched three assists.

The NAHL recognized Raffale as Combat Hockey’s Second Star of the Week back in late January. He was also a member of Team North During the NAHL’s annual Top Prospects Tournament.

Raffaele joins a Bethel team that is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. During the 2011-12 season, Bethel went 8-15-2 and 6-8-2 within the division.

Raffaele is now the fifth Jr. K-Wing who has committed to play hockey at the college level. He joins Chad McDonald (Ferris State), Austin Hervey (Western Michigan), Ken MacLean (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Drew Graves (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point).

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