Joshua Racek of the NOJHL’s Cochrane Crunch has committed to play for the NCAA D-3 Northland College Lumberjacks in the NCHA Conference.
Racek’s journey to NCAA has been a long one with many twists and turns. Relocations, trades, and injuries have taken the Colorado native around the United States and North to Canada.
A highly touted WHL and USHL draft pick, Racek has seen the highs and lows of what it means to set out on a path to the NCAA, and have road blocks come up along the way. Perseverance is what defines his journey.
The 2014-2015 season saw Josh Racek make a bold move, declining a return to the NAHL for an opportunity to go to the NOJHL and try something new. While the decision was not easily made, it certainly appears it was the right decision for him.
The regular season saw Racek regain his scoring touch producing 59 points in 47 games. The NOJHL playoffs have seen much of the same in 12 games producing 13 points within the confines of more intense competition.
The soft spoken 1994 student athlete is the quintessential definition of Perseverance. Every players path being different, Racek will head to Northland next fall with a new set of goals.
Joseph Kolodziej – Publisher