Sports Spotlight on Alec Rauhauser | VideoAlexander Gorney | 2/20/2013
Rauhauser is the only High School Hockey player in the state on the the NHL`s Draft Watch.
"The reason I love hockey is because its so different than any other sport. you got so much skills that you have to develop over the years."
Rauhauser is a senior at Century. He led the Patriots to regular season and region tournament titles plus he`s third in the state in scoring but he has one goal that brought national recognition, it even made ESPN`s top 10 plays.
"I`ve seen it on a couple of videos before. I didn`t really expect to be doing that in a game in my life but I was just behind the net and was on the PP and a BHS kid let me set up behind the net and one of their defenders went to another guy so I just decided to pick up the puck and try to score like that."
"It`s something not your average player can pull off I`ll tell you that. The biggest thing that impressed me was the situation. Big game. Cross town rival. Stands are packed, and thats something thats just instinct.You cant really plan to do that and he found a way to put the puck in and it was pretty special," said Patriots head coach Troy Olson.
"A lot of my friends said that was a pretty insane goal, even some BHS kids too. Usually we don`t like each other that much, but they were congratulating me on the goal too," Rauhauser said.
"He is a great player, some of the things he does with the puck are just amazing. If you`re open he`s going to get you the puck, he`s got great skills like that," said senior Zach Hruby.
Not only does Ruahuaser lead the Patriots top scoring line but he also regularly takes a defensive shift. The senior had the opportunity to skip his senior year and play Junior Hockey, but he chose to come back.
"I think the main thing he wanted to finish his career out playing for his school and playing with his friends.That also gave him the ability to win a state soccer title, thats a sport he plays," Olson said.
On the ice is where opponents may find Rauhauser to be the most dangerous. But don`t tell that to the teams Rauhauser defeated with back to back game winning goals on the way to the state championship.
"Well Al is kind of a force on the soccer pitch as they call it too. He uses his size and vision and skills kind of like he does in hockey. Its tough to defend a guy who`s 6`3" and he`s putting in headers in front of the goal so he was a pretty big part of their team and he`s helped them win back to back titles," Olson said.
As for Rauhauser`s next goal?
"Hopefully play junior hockey and then play at a D-1 college."
Rauhauser`s favorite memory on the ice was in his freshman year winning the West Region and WDA hockey tournament titles with his older brother on the same team.
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