There was a time when Wild alum Chris Rumble was told he’d never play hockey again. They were wrong. This fall, Rumble will lace ‘em up for the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL in Germany, his third season playing pro in Europe.
Rumble’s Junior A career began in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2008-09 season. The following two seasons, he played for the Wenatchee Wild and after the 2010-11 season was anticipating attending Canisius College to play Division I hockey when his plans took a huge unexpected blow.
Acute myeloid leukemia.
Rumble’s subsequent battle and ultimate victory over the disease have been well documented. He was able to sign his scholarship agreement with Canisius and worked his way back to the ice. After college he played a year plus with the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL, and then a season with the Binghamton Senators, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators where his father had played part of his 193 game NHL career. After squeezing in a couple of games with the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL, Rumble headed to Germany and played the last two seasons with the Fischtown Pinguins in the DEL. This season, he has signed on to play with Iserlohn.
Whether it’s on the ice, or off the ice, Chris Rumble continues to make positive lasting impressions.