A former captain and four-year player at Division I University of Vermont, Chelsea Rapin joins the Saint Michael's women's ice hockey program as an assistant coach for her first season in 2012-13.
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 in fall 2012 and worked various ice hockey camps between 2010 and 2012, 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.
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 2012 in exercise and movement science and will continue to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy until 2014 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.