“At a time with a lot of negatives, that was a big positive,” he said. “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.”
That faith has been rewarded for both Kulevich and the Raiders. The freshman has appeared in 15 of 16 games on defense for Colgate (7-7-2 overall), which is 5-3-1 in ECAC play, good four fourth place and just two games behind first-place Quinnipiac.
Enjoying the hostility
Kulevich has been paired with Colgate captain Spiro Goulakos for the most part and has made the jump to Division 1 college hockey with relative ease. After playing four years of high school hockey (helping Marblehead win the Division 3 state title as a senior in 2011), the year at Berkshire and the season in the EJHL (where he led South Shore defensemen with 21 points) helped tremendously.
“It’s been great. It’s going as well as I could’ve asked for, and I think Berkshire and juniors were big in preparation. It’s a whole other world here in terms of speed and it was good to come in prepared,” said Kulevich.
Kulevich has six assists (tied with Goulakos for the Raider lead among defensemen) and is still looking for his first collegiate goal. He got his first point against Bowling Green back in October, and fondly remembers his collegiate debut against Ferris State.
“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.”