Former goaltender Niels-Erik Ravn to join professional team in France
DUNKERQUE, France- Senior goaltender Niels-Erik Ravn officially signed on with Hockey Club de Dunkerque, a professional ice hockey team in France. The contract is set to bring in Ravn to compete for the starting job during the 2014-15 season.
As a four-year letterwinner at Lake Superior State, Ravn rounded out one of the greatest goaltending trios in Laker hockey history. While serving as a backup throughout his entire career, Ravn did make an appearance against Miami in 2011 and helped the Lakers kill off a 5-on-3 penalty. He also was the winning goaltender in a 2011, 11-1 exhibition victory over Ottawa.
He appeared in 39:57 minutes for the Lakers while collecting 17 saves in his career.
Of getting the opportunity to play and compete for a starting job Ravn said, "I can't wait to play. This has been one of the hardest times in my life, not getting to play every day, and I will look to regain my confidence over the summer."
Ravn will get a chance to compete for the starting job with their current goaltender Marc-André Martel.
Ravn, the Boucherville, Quebec, native, played in the Central Canadian Hockey League with the Ottawa Jr. Senators prior to coming to LSSU.
As for the adjustment with living and playing in France, Ravn is not worried.
"I grew up there until I was 13 so it shouldn't be too much of a transition," he said.
Ravn did point out that while he does speak French, his teammates might still view him differently.
"Maybe they will still see me as foreign because I have developed a Quebec accent," he said with a grin. The accent difference, he pointed out, is similar to the difference in American English and the English spoke in Great Britain.
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