USHL Chicago Steel rookie defenseman, 17 year old Zack Rall (6ft 192lbs) has committed to UAA. Rall is a former member of the unbeaten Five Nations Cup USA U-17 Select team from August of 2009. In 33 games this season with Chicago, Zack has 0g-4a and 29 penalty minutes.
Zack played all of his youth hockey here in Anchorage and has been one of a small but growing group of players that have consistently been invited to USA select development camps over the last few years. Zack is generally classified as an offensive minded defenseman.
Along with Matthew Friese, UAA now has 2 of the small number of elite level '92 born players from the area. That's an important piece of the success puzzle for the Seawolves. The more local guys we can get, the fewer that burn us when they get to other WCHA schools.
Based on his age and statistical development, I'd guess that Zack would show up on UAA campus no earlier than the start of the 2011 season. Another year of USHL hockey is perfectly in-line for a player in his situation before jumping to the WCHA. Congratulations to Zack and kudos to the UAA staff for snagging another quality local prospect. With Zack's resume' he was no doubt offered by multiple schools. It's great to see our guys win a recruiting battle even if I don't know for sure who they won it against.
Play hard and develop over the next season Zack. We'll be following you here on the blog and will be excited when you hit the ice wearing the Green & Gold.