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Garrett Raboin


St. Cloud State University

Special Education


Raboin has earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete honors in 2008 and 2009, an honor that requires a 3.5 grade point average or above.  He was also named to the All-WCHA Academic team in 2008 and 2009.  Raboin has been named to the SCSU Student-Athlete Honor Roll during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.  In his studies as a special education major, he owns a 3.61 grade point average and has already completed some of his student teaching assignments at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School, St. Cloud’s Elementary School and St. Cloud’s Lincoln Elementary School.  He has also worked with The Community Options 2 program (CO2), which is a transitional program for St. Cloud School District No. 742 students age 18-21 with developmental/cognitive disabilities or autism spectrum disorders.


“Garrett excels in all areas as a student-athlete,” SCSU head coach Bob Motzko said.  “As an athlete, Garrett has developed into one of college hockey’s premier defensemen.  His academic accomplishments have earned him league honors throughout his collegiate career and his leadership traits have positioned him as the heart and soul of our team.” Raboin gained an alternate captain letter on his sweater during his sophomore season at SCSU and his leadership ability has led him to be named the Huskies’ team captain during the 2008-09 season and for the upcoming 2009-10 season.  His hard work and determination have helped Raboin develop into one of the nation’s best.  As a rookie, Raboin dished out seven assists, but he did not score his first collegiate goal until the closing weeks of his sophomore season.  Since that point, he has become the foundation of SCSU’s defense and a major contributor on offense. 


Raboin is active with many service and volunteer initiatives on campus and in the community.  Most recently, he was selected by the St. Cloud State Athletic Department to be one of two student members of the St. Cloud State Student Government’s Intercollegiate Athletic Committee for 2009-10.  Additionally, Raboin has been active with the Huskies’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has also served as a lead representative for the WCHA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his collegiate career.  In the community, he has volunteered locally at the Stearns County Humane Society, helping out at the group’s facility on the east side of St. Cloud by working with the animals and with maintenance projects.  He also worked as a volunteer with the local colon cancer awareness program and was the leader of a 1K kids race at the St. Cloud KidZone, which was part of the cancer awareness program.  As a special education major and the son of two special education instructors, Raboin has volunteered for special education programs in St. Cloud and his hometown of Detroit Lakes, MN.  In addition, he has been part of the kick-off reading programs at elementary schools in Saulk Rapids, MN and Royalton, MN.  On the ice, Raboin has participated in the annual Skate with the Huskies program, a community outreach effort that annually provides area residents and fans a chance to meet and skate with SCSU hockey players.  He has helped with the youth hockey programs in St. Cloud and Detroit Lakes, MN, and he served as a referee during the St. Cloud youth hockey spring league in 2009.  Raboin has worked at numerous youth camps during the summer months at various local locations including International Falls, MN, Detroit Lakes, MN and Grand Rapids, MI.  He has also worked with the Christian Hockey Ministry camp in St. Cloud.  Additionally, Raboin has carried on the team’s tradition of working with the St. Cloud Slapshots, a local adaptive floor hockey team made up of students from the St. Cloud area high schools.  With the Slapshots, he has worked as a volunteer instructor and coach.


A four-year regular for the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team at defense, Raboin has helped position the Huskies among the nation’s top 20 teams over much of the past three seasons.  In 2008-09, Raboin ranked seventh among the nation’s defensive players with a scoring average of 0.87 points per game.  He scored 10 goals, 23 assists and 33 points last season—all of which were career highs.  Raboin ranked third in the WCHA for defensive scoring, and he was named to the All-WCHA team as a second team selection in 2008-09.  In overall games played, he ranked 18th among all WCHA players for scoring and 15th among all WCHA players for scoring in conference contests.  A special teams standout, Raboin led SCSU’s power play unit at the blue line and scored eight power play goals last season.  In 2008-09, he ranked fourth in the WCHA with 23 power play points in 38 games played.  He was +7 on the plus/minus as a junior and helped SCSU defense limit its opponents to just 107 goals last year in 38 games (2.80 goals against average).  For his efforts in 2008-09, Raboin was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Michigan Tech on February 17, 2009.  In two games against MTU, Raboin scored one goal and assisted on two others.  He managed to total nine multi-point games last year including three-point games against Wisconsin, Colorado College and Alaska Anchorage.  In his career, Raboin has notched 13 goals and 46 assists for 59 total points.  He also has nine power play goals and two game-winning goals on his resume.  On the plus/minus, Raboin is +11 during his career at SCSU.  In addition, Raboin has helped lead SCSU to NCAA Tournament bids in 2007 and 2008 along with trips to the WCHA Final Five those same years.  SCSU is 59-44-15 during Raboin’s first three years, which includes winning seasons for every season Raboin has been a team member.  Of note, Raboin has seen his numbers grow throughout his collegiate career.  His hard work and dedication have allowed him to go from no goals and seven assists during his rookie season to last year’s impressive 10 goals and 23 assists.