Worcester Railers HC add Willie Raskob to blue line
Raskob shined during Islanders development camp
WORCESTER, MA – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), and Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell officially announced today that the club has signed defenseman Willie Raskob (@Raskabob15) to an ECHL contract for the 2017-18 season.
Willie Raskob joins the Worcester Railers HC fresh off a 2016-17 NCAA NCHC Championship run with the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) Bulldogs.
Raskob spent four seasons with UMD (2013-17) playing in 148 games for the Bulldogs and recorded 10 goals, 49 assists, 124 penalty minutes, and a +20 rating.
The 5-foot-10, 185lb Hastings, MN native played in 41 games his senior year and recorded four goals, 13 assists, 69 penalty minutes, and a +10 rating. Raskob was voted to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team after tying for the scoring lead at that two-day event (three points, all assists, including a pair in UMD’s 4-2 semifinal triumph over North Dakota).
Raskob attended the Islanders development camp this past July.
“Willie is a mobile defenseman that comes out of a terrific program in Duluth,” said Russell. “He will play in all situations and he can catch opponents by surprise with some big open ice hits. He is a gamer and we are thrilled to welcome him to Worcester.”
The Railers are expected to announce more player signings upon approval from the ECHL in the upcoming weeks.
The Worcester Railers Hockey Club, a proud member of the ECHL, will play their inaugural game at the DCU Center on Oct. 14, 2017 vs. the Manchester Monarchs. Full season memberships start at just $432 for 36 regular season games at the DCU Center and can be purchased by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting www.RailersHC.com.