It’s rare to see NCAA hockey players take advantage of the NCAA’s graduate exception—a rule that allows a player with eligibility remaining that has already graduated with at least a bachelor’s degree to transfer to a different school without sitting out a year. But former St. Cloud State goalie Rasmus Reijola will be one of the few to use that exception by transferring to Alaska-Anchorage for his final year of eligibility.
Reijola served in a back-up role in his four seasons with the Huskies. He backed up Ryan Faragher as a freshman in 2012-2013, then took a redshirt season the following year when freshman Charlie Lindgren was added to the roster, before backing up Lindgren the previous two seasons.
Standing at 6’3”, Reijola is a big presence in net with lots of potential, but stuck behind a pair of goalies that went on to sign NHL contracts, he struggled to find consistent playing time. He appeared in only five games last season, with only one start—coincidentally, an early season start against his new team Alaska-Anchorage—and finished with a 2.77/.878 stat line.
In Anchorage, Reijola will compete with incumbent starter Olivier Mantha for playing time.