Tyler Cavan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Ronnie Wilshusen (Oakville, Mo.) played two seasons together with the Gillette Wild, they will continue to play together, just on another team.
Cavan and Wilshusen have both signed to play for the Williston State Tetons in Williston, N.D. The Tetons won the national championship last season and are a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
In regards to Cavan and Wilshusen, Head Coach Tom Winkler of the Wild was happy to see them go to the junior college level.
“You know, [Cavan and Wilshusen] are going to go in and they're going to have an opportunity to obviously continue their hockey careers and also get a top-quality education. It's a good fit for both of them, both academically and hockey-wise. Both guys are going to be able to step in and play immediately and also be able to play in all types of situations.”
Cavan had the chance to visit Williston State's campus with his parents recently and liked the town and ice rink he will be playing on. He had a chance to meet with Head Coach Seamus Gregory of the Tetons, too. Cavan added that Williston really reminded him of Gillette. Wilshusen has not been to the campus, but has checked out photos of the area and watched the virtual tours of the campus.
Cavan said that the interest Gregory and the team showed in him sealed the deal in making the decision to play for the Tetons. He also liked the fact he would have a chance to make an impact on the team while playing for them.
The chance to play with Wilshusen didn't hurt either.
“Playing with Ronnie's going to be awesome. You know the chemistry is going to be great. We played in the same power play and the same line a couple times [as players with the Wild]. It's always good to have a buddy going to the same school as you...”
Wilshusen agreed by saying that “Tyler is a good player and he's fun to be around.”
Cavan mentioned how grateful he was that Winkler noticed his potential.
“They gave me a shot and they had faith in me. So, I had faith in those coaches and I played my heart out for them,” Cavan added.
Wilshusen learned a lot while playing for the Wild as well.
“My skill developed a lot and I matured a lot. [I] learned how to play at a higher level of hockey, just cause [Winkler] always pushed me to... build my skill and learn how to get that puck out of the zone with one pass.”
Both Cavan and Wilshusen are undecided on what they want to major in. However, Ronnie said he will probably choose something in business.