The following article was posted on www.echl.com on Wednesday, August 22 featuring former Cornell standout Alex Rauter.
By ECHL Staff
The Rookie Round-Up gives ECHL fans the chance to get to know a rookie who has signed with an ECHL team for the 2018-19 season. This week, the ECHL spoke with Alex Rauter of the Wheeling Nailers. Rauter appeared in three games for the Atlanta Gladiators at the end of the 2017-18 season after completing his college career with Cornell, but looks forward to getting his first full professional season underway in Wheeling.
Name: Alex Rauter
Hometown: Chatham, NJ
ECHL Team: Wheeling Nailers
2017-18 Team: Cornell University (32 GP, 11 G, 9 A, 20 P), Atlanta Gladiators (3 GP, 1 2 A, 3 P)
ECHL: What should Wheeling and ECHL fans know about you?
Alex Rauter: I think most importantly I’m a pretty humble, hardworking guy. I pride myself on my work ethic. I hope the Wheeling fans aren’t afraid to come talk to me or anyone else on the team. I think that Wheeling has assembled a bunch of good guys and they can expect a good team in the fall.
ECHL: You had a taste of ECHL hockey at the end of the 2017-18 season, playing three games for Atlanta. What made you decide to sign with Wheeling for 2018-19?
AR: Going into free agency, I knew that I wasn’t going to go back to Atlanta, because the coach was leaving, as were some of the guys who I played with there. So I was looking for a new organization and when Wheeling called, it kind of all just fell into place. The Penguins are a first class organization and it goes all the way down to Wheeling. With guys like Tom Kuhnackl and Carter Rowney, and a ton of other guys who have made it all the way to the NHL starting at the ECHL, it just felt like the best fit. It’s only 5-6 hours from my family in New Jersey, I really liked the team that they had last year and the system they used with the Penguins. I was excited when I got the opportunity.
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