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Eden Prairie native Dayton Rasmussen commits to Denver

By Tony Scott, 04/28/15, 10:15PM CDT


Rasmussen in the nets for Colorado in March at Nationals in Buffalo...Photo Credit Dan Hickling

Eden Prairie native Dayton Rasmussen gave his commitment to Jim Montgomery and Denver University Tuesday, ending his recruitment and solidifying his future as a Division I hockey player. Three short years ago, Rasmussen was named by YHH as its PeeWee Player of the Year. A class of PeeWees that included Grant Mismash (North Dakota), Scott Reedy (Minnesota), and Casey Mittelstadt (Minnesota)...Rasmussen was simply awesome that year and has continued to grow as a top Goalie in the class of 2018. 

Last year, the '98 birth year goalie played for the Tier I U16 Colorado Thunderbirds where he put up great numbers allowing only 1.47 Goals Against and saved 92 percent of the shots he faced. One of the most athletic goalies this state has seen in a long time, Rasmussen will enroll at DU in the Fall of 2018. Getting Rasmussen was a huge win for Montgomery and his staff. 

Rasmussen in 2012 playing for EP PeeWee A team

We caught up to Dayton Tuesday night and he had this to say about why he chose DU. "I chose Denver because the coaching staff has so much confidence in me. I have really grown to like Denver while I have lived here the past year. DU is a great school and offers me a chance at a great education."

When we asked him about what the deciding factor for choosing the Pioneers, he had a great response, "I knew it was the school for me when Coach Montgomery said he wanted to win a National Championship with me in the net." He went on to say how much he liked Denver, their staff and that Denver is well known for producing good NHL players.

Rasmussen last Spring leading Section 6 to Final 54 Title

Dayton is a first class kid who had so many people to thank for his development. "My Goalie coach Dave Rogalski has been huge for my development, he has trained me for years, he's a great guy...I have nothing but positive things to say about him." He went on to say this about his brother Ethan, "my brother Ethan has been a huge mentor for me my whole life and he is my biggest fan." He also wanted to thank his family for their support and his coach in Colorado Angelo Ricci. "Angelo taught me a lot about hockey both on the ice and off, he was a great role model this year."

The Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL hold his rights and many speculate that he will end up in Iowa next season. Regardless of where he plays, he will be in a good spot to help a team win games starting next fall.

Rasmussen in the nets for CO this past Winter

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