spent his youth years playing for the Valley Jr. Warriors. The practice and skill sessions and the countless hours spending time with his teammates and coaches no doubt prepared him for the challenges that lied ahead.
About 16 months before he was set to make his debut for Colgate University, Kulevich suffered a broken femur from a leg check while playing for Berkshire School. The Marblehead native spent the next three months in a cast and spent the next year rehabbing and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.
Helping his cause was the unwavering support of the Colgate coaching staff.
“At a time with a lot of negatives, that was a big positive,” said Kulevich in a a recent article that appeared in the Salem Evening News. “You know you’re out for a year and you start thinking beyond that, but I heard from the coaches and they were reassuring. To know they’re by your side 100 percent was great to hear.”
The confidence was well placed as Kulevich – as he did for many years wearing the VJW gold and blue – delivered for his team. During his freshman campaign, the 6’3” blueliner has appeared in 24 out of 25 games for Colgate (13-9-3), which stands in second place overall in ECAC play and just one point behind Union.
He earned his first point against Bowling Green in October, and fondly remembered his collegiate debut against Ferris State in the Salem Evening News article.
“I remember when Ferris played BC in the national championship, I was at home watching that game with my buddies. It’s crazy to think now you’re here, playing, finally,” said Kulevich. “You reflect on all the work you put in to get here and you know you have to cherish all the moments and opportunities.”
Thanks in part to Kulevich’s strong play, Colgate has been rewarded for its recent seven-game unbeaten streak as the Raiders are ranked 18th in the newest USCHO.com National Poll.
Keep track of Kulevich and his stellar freshman campaign by visiting the Colgate Men’s Hockey home page.