Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the September 28 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.
HOUGHTON, Mich. – One of the biggest issues facing the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team heading into the 2017-18 season is who will score. The Huskies graduating class from last season's WCHA playoff champion surprised many with the way the seniors performed, leaving a huge hole in the lineup heading into this year.
With a 53-point jump in scoring from his third full season of juniors to his fourth, incoming freshman Greyson Reitmeier might be peaking just when the Huskies could use his brand of confidence. Thanks to the large number of slots to fill in the Huskies' top six, Reitmeier will be given every opportunity to find a home on one of the top two lines, provided his scoring touch makes the transition with him.
Reitmeier is ready for the challenge.
"Obviously, Michigan Tech has had a lot of success the last few years," said Reitmeier. "They made it to the NCAA tournament and won the WCHA, so right away, that instantly made me interested.
"With past players who have gone there have success, I feel like I will have an opportunity also to play early on and have success with the team."
Growing up about three hours west of Vernon, British Columbia, and two hours north of Trail in Nakusp, a town that lies on the eastern edge of Upper Arrow Lake — which looks more like a river — Reitmeier traveled four hours to play for the Kootenay Ice club in Cranbrook.