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The Ripple Effect

The hardest times in CRC franchise history have taken place in the last few days. Towards the end of the game versus Springfield in a 7-1 loss at home, David Ripple noticed that something was not right with his knee after hitting an edge on the ice. David still joined Coach Garrett Strot, Aaron Davis and Ryan Jaremko on their trek to the NAHL top prospects tournament in Troy MI with the intention of performing in front of the D1 scouts that were courting him. The next morning it was apparent to David that his knee was feeling much worse and there was no question that further attention would be needed.

It was clear that those scouts would not get the chance to see David and that he would need a replacement for the tournament and the cal was made to Benny Jaremko to take his place. When Davis returned home he had an MRI done on his knee which discovered that hitting the ice again this season was not an option, his Junior A NAHL career would be over.

David Ripple led the Coulee Region Chill in their inaugural season with 11 power play goals as a rookie. The big power forward had a knack for getting in front of the net and causing havoc and then use his talented hands to light the lamp. David has the CRC franchise record for goals in a game when he scored 4 against arch rival Owatonna last seson. It was then that he was given the nickname "Ripple Effect" by Chill pbp broadcaster Rik Franke. Ripple also had a "Hat Trick" against Aberdeen in late January last season in a 9-2 rout on the road.

David is one of the 3 amigos from Florida, along with Tommy Miller & Chill Captain Eric Drapluk. They all graced the cover of the La Crosse Tribune sports section last season in Hawaiin shirts. David had this to say on Facebook, "packing the bags up to go back to florida tomorrow junior career is over tough way to go out but looking forward to seeing my FAMILY, friends and the sun. excited to be getting my knee fixed to get back on the ice for next season where ever that may be. i love the CRC its been real ill miss juniors but cant wait for the next step." 

David is tied for the team lead in scoring with 28 points, along with Ross Luedtke and Jake Useldinger. The Chill organization would like to thank David Ripple for all that he has done for the team, the community and the fans. We wish him a speedy recovery and wish him the best in his future endeavors.