Former University of Vermont captain Chelsea Rapin named Saint Michael's assistant coach

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey head coach Chris Donovan announced the hire of Chelsea Rapin as the program's assistant coach on Tuesday, as the Purple Knights bring aboard a former team captain and four-year player at the nearby Division I University of Vermont.

"I am looking forward to this great opportunity," said Rapin. "I cannot wait until practices and games start. I am looking forward to watching these young ladies grow as players and cannot wait to share all that I have learned with them."

Rapin brings a strong leadership background to Saint Michael's, including as a camp counselor and coach, an on-ice official, and a student. She is in line to complete her Level 2 certification for officiating through USA Hockey later this fall and has worked various ice hockey camps the past three years, including at the Vermont Stars Summer Classic this year. Rapin was previously a head camp counselor at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield, Mich., from 2008 to 2010.

"We are excited that Chelsea has decided to join our team, with her background and qualifications and her love for the game of ice hockey," said Donovan. "I look forward to working with her."

A captain for the 2011-12 team at Vermont, Rapin led the Catamounts in points (15) while tying for second in both goals (7) and assists (8). She finished her 130-game career with 19 goals and 20 assists, tying for eighth in program history in career goals. Rapin was one point and assist shy of the top 10 in each of those categories.

Rapin, who earned a degree in May in exercise and movement science and will continue to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy for the next two years through an accelerated six-year undergraduate/graduate program, qualified for the Hockey East All-Academic Team three times during her career. She also served on the University of Vermont's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) while volunteering with Special Olympics and with local sled hockey teams through the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA).

A native of Walled Lake, Mich., Rapin competed in five USA Hockey Championships during her youth, playing primarily for Honeybaked Hockey Club before helping the Detroit Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club advance to the U-19 national title game during her senior year of high school. She also participated in the 2007 USA Hockey National U-17/U-18 Development Camp.