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When people think of Capistrano Beach in Orange County, CA, hockey isn’t usually the first thing that will come to mind. But the oceanside community in southern California is home for Dakota Raabe, a fleet footed forward who honed his skills in Wenatchee and now plays Division I college hockey at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Raabe attracted the attention of Wild scouts while playing for LA Jr Kings U16 team in the Tier I Elite League, and headed north to join the Wild in the 2014-15 season as a 17-year old. Even as a younger player, he still made it into the lineup 39 times that first season.

The following season the Wild made the move to the BCHL. Raabe missed only one game over the next two seasons, and averaged a point per game in his final season.

He’s transitioned well into the college game, as his speed and vision have helped him adapt well into his new surroundings. He’s become an indispensable part of the Wolverine’s penalty kill, a role he was exceptionally effective in during his time in Wenatchee.

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