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Senior Spotlight: Buffalo captain Raegan Wurm commits to Maine

The 17-year-old can battle for the puck along the boards and competes with grit and tenacity. Her on-ice skills and her off-ice leadership qualities earned her a commitment to play Division I hockey

A girl sits at a blue table with the logos for the University of Maine hanging on it while she signs a piece of paper.
Raegan Wurm of Buffalo, Minn., signs her national letter of intent to play Division I hockey at the University of Maine.
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BUFFALO, Minn. — "I'm not much of a pretty player."

That's how Buffalo High School senior forward Raegan Wurm describes her game. The 17-year-old Bison captain relies on her grit and tenacity on the ice, especially when battling along the boards.

Wurm grew up with siblings and neighbors who all played hockey, which inspired her to follow in their footsteps. The 5-foot-6 forward joined the Bison varsity team in the eighth grade and has since amassed 94 points in 98 games.

Raegan Wurm Statistics

After an impressive eighth grade season, Wurm starting talking to college hockey programs. That was quickly put to a stop by a rule change prohibiting NCAA schools from recruiting girls hockey players until after their sophomore year of high school.

One school that was in the mix early on was the University of Maine. The Black Bears initiated a conversation with Wurm back in middle school before being forced to halt discussions due to the NCAA regulation change. They resumed their talks years later in 2021, but then things started to get quiet.

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Wurm wasn't sure if Maine was interested in her anymore, but when the University hired a brand new coach in Molly Engstrom — a former Olympian who was an assistant coach with St. Cloud State prior to coming to Maine — she re-initiated talks with Wurm, came out to Minnesota to watch her play and then extended her an offer.

On Nov. 6, 2022, the Buffalo native announced her commitment to play for the Black Bears.

"I just loved the coaches and the atmosphere was great. The campus was perfect for me. It's not super big, but it's not super small," said the forward on her visit to the University. "It just felt like the right fit and like I'd be happy there."

Wurm is already somewhat familiar with the New England area after playing in tournaments out East. The Buffalo skater will play this season with the Bison before heading to Maine in the fall of 2023.

The Season So Far

Buffalo is 0-4 on the season, working through the growing pains that come with a roster with many underclassmen.

"We're a really young team ... This is also our first year having a JV team in like three years ... we're probably going to see a lot of growth throughout the season," said Wurm, who isn't panicked about the squad.

The Buffalo native said it can be frustrating at times not winning many games in the competitive Lake Conference, which includes powerhouses such as Edina, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Wayzata.

Wurm doesn't let losing affect her too much mentally, though, she just tries to control what she can during the game.

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"I'm just going to try to focus on the things I can do to better my game and better those around me instead of focusing on the end result of games," she said.

One of her main goals as an upperclassman and as a leader is to try and unify the team and create a cohesive environment for everyone both on and off the ice. Wurm has plenty of games left in high school before heading off to college. Watch for her to hit 100 career points at some point this winter. She has 94 points so far in her Bison career.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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