Goalie gets call to join CC Tigers

19-year-old Shatzer makes mid-season move

By Jim Benton

Derek Shatzer has dreamed about playing hockey at Colorado College for a long time. The 19-year-old Highlands Ranch native finally has a chance to live a dream.

"I start practicing with them Dec. 29th," said Shatzer who was a midseason addition to the Tigers' roster to help bolster CC's goaltending ranks.

"When one of their goalies got hurt, I happened to e-mail them and they reached out to me," said Shatzer. "I told them I was interested and things fell into place. I couldn't be more excited to go there."

Freshman goalie Tyler Marble has been sidelined after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery and senior Josh Thorimbert has carried the load, starting 17 consecutive games. CC also has junior Courtney Lockwood on its roster.

Shatzer has yet to be told what his role will be among the Tigers goalies but he's just happy to get the opportunity to wear a CC sweater.

"Colorado College was like a dream school for me," he said. "I've always wanted to play there. It's close to home and I have two good friends on the team. There is no other feeling like reaching your dream."

The 19-year-old played one season with the Colorado Thunderbirds before transferring from Valor Christian High School after his sophomore year to attend Culver Academy in Culver, Ind., where he played for two seasons. For the past two years he has played for the Rochester Junior Americans, a Junior A Tier III team in the United States Premier Hockey League.

"They have watched me play since I was a U16 player with the Thunderbirds," said Shatzer of CC. "Then when I played U18 with Culver they were always at our games."

The 5-foot-9, 152-pound Shatzer was having a pretty good season with the Americans before getting the call to mind the Tigers' nets. He was 6-0-1 with a 2.84 goals against average and a .911 saves percentage.

"We are pleased to have Derek joining our team and attending Colorado College," said CC coach Scott Owens. "He's a quality goaltender and being from the Denver area he is familiar with our program and several current players. He's an excellent fit for Colorado College and our Tiger family. We look forward to having him on board."

When Shatzer played for the Thunderbirds, a Denver area Tier I program, current CC freshman players Christian Heil, Gustav Olofsson and Jacob Slavin were also on the team.

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