Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep White forward Michael Rasmussen will make his Western Hockey League debut on Wednesday night for the Tri-City Americans.
Rasmussen, 15, will suit up for the Americans as they take on the Kamloops Blazers at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops.
The Surrey, BC product was drafted in the first round, seventh overall, by the Americans at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. He signed a standard WHL Player Contract with the club on January 15.
Rasmussen has netted 45 points (24-21-45) in 36 games with OHA Prep White so far this season. During the 2013-14 season, the 6-foot-3 forward posted 87 points (41-46-87) in 59 games with the OHA Bantam Prep team.
“We are very proud and excited for this opportunity for Michael and it shows that his hard work and dedication to improve each and every day is rewarded,” said OHA Prep White head coach, Malcom Cameron. “Michael has shown steady improvement throughout our season but has really come on strong in the second half and his play, mental preparation and leadership are amongst the top of his age group.”
Rasmussen becomes the fifth player on OHA Prep White to play in the WHL this season, joining teammates Brendan Semchuk (Vancouver Giants), Jordan Hollett (Regina Pats), Scott Walford (Victoria Royals) and Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors).
Wednesday’s game will feature Rasmussen taking on a Blazers squad that features OHA alums Matthew Campese, Cole Kehler, Matt Needham, Deven Sideroff and former OHA coach, Mike Needham.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.