by Doyle Woody
After just one season of junior hockey, Anchorage center William Rapuzzi is headed to Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in the fall.
Rapuzzi, 19, has given the Tigers his oral commitment after a strong season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the U.S. Hockey League. Rapuzzi was teammate of David Makowski who will join DU next season.
Rapuzzi said he had been recruited by several schools, but they wanted him for the 2010-11 season. Colorado College, he said, really made a push for him in the last few weeks and he accepted an offer of a full scholarship for next season, which he had expected to spend in Green Bay.
"It's been exciting, it's been real fun,'' he said. "It caught me off-guard because I wasn't expecting it.''
Rapuzzi played one season at Green Bay, shined in his only season of junior. He earned 21-30--51 totals and a +25 rating in 58 regular-season games, then bagged 3-4--7 totals and a +2 rating in seven playoff games.
The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder, who graduated from Dimond last year, said he has always wanted to play in the WCHA, the league that includes UAA. Colorado College is also known as an elite school academically.
"Since I've been little, I've always wanted to play in the WCHA for a good team that's also a good school, with a full scholarship,'' Rapuzzi said.